Fireblood, by Elly Blake | Book Review #324

Fireblood is the second book in the Frostblood Saga.
This review may contain spoilers!

IMG_5495All hail the Fire Queen.

Against all odds, Ruby has defeated the villainous Frost King and melted his throne of ice. But the bloodthirsty Minax that was trapped inside is now haunting her kingdom and everyone she loves. The answers to its demise may lie to the south in Sudesia, the land of the Firebloods, and a country that holds the secrets to Ruby’s powers and past…

Despite warnings from her beloved Arcus, Ruby accompanies a roguish Fireblood named Kai to Sudesia, where she must master her control of fire in a series of trials to gain the trust of the suspicious Fire Queen. Only then can she hope to access the knowledge that could defeat the rampaging Minax—which grows closer every moment. But as sparks fly in her moments alone with Kai, Ruby no longer knows whom to trust. The fates of two kingdoms are now in her hands.

There were two thoughts that I had prior to reading Fireblood. The first thought had me  groaning and thinking to myself, “There’s going to be a love-triangle, isn’t there… There better not be!” The second thought I had was “Oh, this is going to be good.” Since the back of Fireblood reveals Queens are involved. I couldn’t help but have a few high hopes..

What I can tell you about this book is that Fireblood was action packed, had some romance —feelings!!— and that there I was revelling since the scenes in this book are so good. There were so many events that took place within this sequel that my mind is pulling a blank as to what to include in this review.

There were a few instances in the story where I knew; I could just tell what was going to happen, since the story reveals bits and pieces of future plot. Little things here and there that I could easily pluck from the story and say “Ohp! I know what’s going to happen next: so and so is going to ‘blah blah blah.’” I’m telling you this as a good thing. When the book played out as I thought it would, I was so happy. I was even happier when another scene happened in the book that I didn’t even see coming. I was freaking out!

33784283What I didn’t like about Fireblood, first and foremost, was the OBVIOUS love-triangle that took place in this story. If you could move past the fact that there’s a small-yet-pretty-big-love-triangle in this book, you’d come to see that Ruby is one heck of a character!

Ruby has gone above and beyond in this book. There were triumph’s and there were setbacks. Whatever was thrown into Ruby’s life she took it as you would expect of her character: a rush of emotions al at once and then she deals with it.

“What is the point of living if you can’t let yourself feel anything?”

Another thing that I liked about Fireblood is that we see elements (pun unintended) in a few characters that I wouldn’t have expected. We see characters who have to have a strong, untied front, be vulnerable; both physically and emotionally.

The pace of Fireblood is quick. Like, really quick. I think the span of time we see in Ruby’s life is something like, 8 weeks total. For that amount of time though, we genuinely see so much happen.

In Frostblood we saw Ruby grow into her powers as well as herself, then in Fireblood we see Ruby flourish and advance more than I thought was possible.

Overall, I honestly and truly enjoyed this book. I was kind of apprehensive about Fireblood since the last book, Frostblood was pretty good, and I didn’t want to be let down. — You know how some sequels are: either they’re fantastic or they’re mediocre. I’m so glad that I find Fireblood to be on the fantastic side.

I give Fireblood, 4 stars!

Have you read Fireblood yet? If you have, what’d you think of what happened? I know there’s a lot but yeesh!

Happy Reading!

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