Hello! I finished FrostBlood a few days ago, but with school starting I’ve been a little bit behind schedule on posting my reviews!
If you haven’t heard of FrostBlood you can check out the official synopsis on Goodreads here: FrostBlood Synopsis.
This book is basically a fantasy novel that features two types of people: the Firebloods and the Frostbloods. Ruby, the main character, is a Fireblood and she gets captured and is determined to end the reign of the tyrannical Frostblood king. She gets once again captured this time not by the rebels, but by men of the king and she is forced to compete in the King’s tournaments which consists of brutal physical combat.
In general, I really did enjoy this book. It did remind me a lot of Red Queen and even a little bit of Valiant by Leslie Livingston in the way that the physical combats that occurred in the king’s tournament really in my mind resembled Gladiator fights and how they would fight to the death.
Another aspect of this novel that I really liked was the romance! It was kind of a forbidden romance because one of them was a Frostblood and the other a Fireblood which added another dimension to the novel.
The only drawback that I would say this book has, is the fact that is was a little bit predictable and it had a lot of YA fantasy tropes interwoven into it. It was the typical storyline of two categories of people at odds with each other, girl refines her ability through training, has a troubled past which makes her want to seek revenge on the current government, and she has to fight for what she believes in.
But that being said, sometimes it’s nice to have an easy fast-paced read that encompasses all of our favourite elements, and for me that is what I was looking for! For some reason, even though most of the YA fantasy novels that I read follow a similar plot line I still cannot get enough of these types of novels! I think my fascination with the YA fantasy genre kind of derives from the fact that they are always so political in nature. As a Political Science major, I love novels that can have political undertones especially in this book the emphasis on tyranny!
This book was action-packed and the characters were really interesting. I really liked Arcus as a character and I was so glad when I found out that this is part of a series, because I want to read the next books to see where Ruby goes from here.
Overall, I give this novel 4/5 stars and recommend it to anyone who loves typical YA fantasy novels. It’s a fast-paced read that will grab your attention until the last page.
Some of my favourite quotes from the novel:
“Ruthlessness is not power. Tyranny is not strength.”
“Once again, all doubt, all sense of right and wrong, faded. There was only the target, his darkly beating heart, and my fire. There was no fear, no anger, no shame, no regret. Just power, surging through me…”
“Frostbloods are fully capable of feeling in every way. The danger is that those emotions, while powerful and deep, may be covered with a layer of ice that prevents the natural expression of them.”