- Hardcover: 384 pages
- Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (Jan. 10 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0316273252
- ISBN-13: 978-0316273251
- Product Dimensions: 14.6 x 3.2 x 21.6 cm
- Shipping Weight: 499 g
- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #104,729 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Frostblood Hardcover – Jan 10 2017
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"This is an enjoyable, fast-paced debut that blends romance into a story of suspenseful battles, royal prisons, and rebel schemes.... perfect for fans of Red Queen and will delight those who love fantasy, adventure, and romance. A strong addition to any YA fantasy collection."―School Library Journal
"Ruby's a spitfire who faces her challenges with grit.... A slow-burning, classic tale."―Kirkus Reviews
"A strong debut for Blake.... succeeds in laying down intriguing framework for the books to come."―Publishers Weekly
"Ruby and Arcus don't disappoint."―Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"With a fierce and vibrant world, richly-drawn characters, a steamy romance, and page-turning twists, Frostblood has all the elements of a great fantasy."―Morgan Rhodes, New York Times bestselling author of the Fallen Kingdoms Series
"Compelling characters, a fascinating world, and an exhilarating story beautifully wrought in this must-read debut."―Eve Silver, author of the Game series
"Fast-paced and brimming with magic and intrigue, Frostblood will keep you frozen in place until the last page and then leave you burning for more."―Lori M. Lee, author of Gates of Thread and Stone
"A fun, effortless first installment in a new series with a high PoP (probability of popularity)."―The Globe and Mail
About the Author
Elly Blake loves fairy tales, old houses, and owls. After earning a degree in English literature, she held a series of seemingly random jobs, including project manager, customs clerk, graphic designer, and reporter for a local business magazine before finally landing on her current job as a library assistant. She lives in Southwestern Ontario with her husband, kids, and a Siberian Husky mix that definitely shows frostblood tendencies.
Top Customer Reviews
I thought the characters were really captivating. I liked Ruby perspective. Her insecurities and struggles to control her powers made her more relatable. I typically prefer characters who are more confident but Ruby still had a fierce attitude that I really enjoyed. I thought her time in the castle was compelling. I wasnt a big fan of Arcus at first but I grew to love him once I got to know him better. Brother Thistle, Brother Gamut and Marella were great side characters. I also enjoyed getting to know the King.
It usually rubs me the wrong way when love interests arent nice to each other but it wasnt too bad in this book and it was realistic with their history. They start out hating each other but once they admit their feelings they're arent as mean to one another. I actually found myself rooting for them and I got excited when they had cute moments together. I want to see them spend more time together. I was able to predict the character twist but that didnt bother me. I was actually happy to be proven right.
I wouldnt read the goodreads summary because its a bit spoilery and the book is a lot better if you dont have certain expectations. I loved the concept of a world with the firebloods and frostbloods, especially how they came to be. The visions, gods and prophecies were fascinating. The ending was satisfying and Im looking forward to the sequel (pub. August 2017 according to goodreads). This was a fantastic debut by a wonderdul Canadian author and I cant wait to see what else shes going to write.
First off, the world-building was fabulous! It wasn't overwhelming nor was it lacking. It was easy to understand what was happening in the world and why. When I compare it to other novels in the genre, this one stands out for that reason alone. It never felt like I was thrown into a world and left to figure it out on my own.
While the synopsis is slightly misleading (the tournament doesn't happen until the later half of the novel), there was enough happening in the first half to keep me more than interested. This novel just kept building and building, drawing me deeper and deeper into the world and its plot. I just loved it!
There was one "twist" I figured out pretty early but I didn't mind too much; we get so many other plot developments that this story still had me anxious to see what would happen next.
And the characters! Arcus and Ruby were not only interesting characters on their own, but together, their banter was exactly what I wanted. I love when two characters make each other stronger as individuals because of their relationship and that is what we get here. Ruby's fighting spirit was awesome and I just loved how she handled herself throughout the novel.
I can't wait to get deeper into this world! Not only was this book super awesome to read, but it has laid down the foundation for a truly fantastic fantasy series.
**I received a copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley. All opinions are my own and not influenced by my source.**
What I Loved
I had high expectations for this book only because a lot of fantasies have been letting me down lately. A lot of them are blending together and aren’t as memorable as I want them to be. This book exceeded all my expectations and I loved every minute of it! Think along the lines of Throne of Glass mixed with Snow Like Ashes only not as disappointing or predictable. Sure some parts I totally saw coming but most of the book was a happy surprise. It’s a series where I’ll be waiting desperately for the next book.
My favourite part about this book was how all the of characters were described as imperfect. Normally we get the beautiful heroine who can do no wrong and the gorgeous love interest. That’s not the case here. Our main character Ruby, while described as beautiful, has lots of personality flaws. She has a temper and lacks focus but we continue to see her grow as a character throughout the whole book. She learns to (try to) control her temper and she starts to figure out what she’s fighting for. Our love interest (while perfect in my eyes) is a young man with a horribly disfigured face which I loved about him. While it partially fuels his revenge he also doesn’t let it stop him from doing what he knows is the right thing. I have tons of respect for both characters and I’m looking forward to what happens in the next books.
What I Didn't Like
The plot could be a little bit predictable at times though I didn’t expect what happened near the end. It also felt like there was some insta-love because it did happen in just a few pages but it was actually months that were going by, it just didn’t feel like it. I think I’m ok with that though. It was by no means a perfect book, it was just that the entertainment outweighed a lot of the flaws in this case.
Who I'd Recommend To
I’d recommend this to lovers of young adult fantasy that are looking for something new and refreshing. I personally am getting a little tired of seeing the same characters and plot everywhere so this was a really great book for me to finish. I have hope now for some of the debut authors of 2017. Don’t let me down!
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FROSTBLOOD by Elly Blake is such an original take on elemental magic - in this case fire and ice.Read more