Published by Little Brown Books for Young Readers on January 10th, 2017
The frost king will burn.
Seventeen-year-old Ruby is a Fireblood who has concealed her powers of heat and flame from the cruel Frostblood ruling class her entire life. But when her mother is killed trying to protect her, and rebel Frostbloods demand her help to overthrow their bloodthirsty king, she agrees to come out of hiding, desperate to have her revenge.
Despite her unpredictable abilities, Ruby trains with the rebels and the infuriating—yet irresistible—Arcus, who seems to think of her as nothing more than a weapon. But before they can take action, Ruby is captured and forced to compete in the king’s tournaments that pit Fireblood prisoners against Frostblood champions. Now she has only one chance to destroy the maniacal ruler who has taken everything from her—and from the icy young man she has come to love.
Oh my goodness you guys! This book was so freaking good and it was a giant surprise to me how much I actually enjoyed it. Fantasy is not normally my thing, so I was worried that I’d hate it. From the very beginning, I was drawn into Ruby’s world and the world of the feuding Firebloods & Frostbloods. I cannot believe it took me this long to read the book.
Ruby was awesome as a main character. She was tough, sassy and super strong. She always kept her goal of avenging her mother’s death in the forefront of her mind and she never let anything distract her from that. Even the mysterious monk, Arcus. She spends a good amount of time at the abbey with Arcus, Brother Thistle, Brother Gamut and the Sisters of the abbey: Sister Pastel among others. I could talk at length about all of these characters, but I’m just focusing on the important ones, the ones that are actually central to the story.
The differences between fire and ice has always fascinated me, so I was really curious about this book. Curious to see how the feuding was explained. I was also really curious to see Ruby’s interactions with the Frost King because I knew that was coming. I wanted to be able to visualize the kingdom and thanks to Blake’s writing I was able to. I felt like I was a part of the book. Part of the abbey, part of the fighting competition and even part of the romance.
I love, LOVED the romance. I’m not really a romance-y kinda woman, but this one worked and it worked so well. I love the slow burn & the hate to love trope and this book had both of those, which just made me even more excited.
Final thoughts: great world building, great characters & a swoon-worthy romance.