Seventeen-year-old Ruby is a fireblood who must hide her powers of heat and flame from the cruel frostblood ruling class that wants to destroy all that are left of her kind. So when her mother is killed for protecting her and rebel frostbloods demand her help to kill their rampaging king, she agrees. But Ruby's powers are unpredictable, and she's not sure she's willing to let the rebels and an infuriating (yet irresistible) young man called Arcus use her as their weapon. All she wants is revenge, but before they can take action, Ruby is captured and forced to take part 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.
Fast-paced and compelling, Frostblood is the first in a page-turning new young adult three-book series about a world where flame and ice are mortal enemies—but together create a power that could change everything.
Hardcover, 384 pages
Expected publication: January 17th 2017 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
It has been a little while since I have read a good young adult novel. This book sounded good but I had my reservations. The last couple of books along this same type of theme sounded good too but they turned out to be downers for me.
Well I am excited to report that this book is every bit as great as it sounds. Right from the get go I was on Ruby's side. Her abilities had me very intrigued. As she grew and learned how to use them better, my resolve for her got bigger and bigger. The whole vibe between she and Arcus was like playing tug of war. Arcus was a man of mystery. Little by little his secrets were revealed but the biggest one I did not see coming. It came out of left field. At this time I like both the fire and frostbloods. Fire and Ice can be a deadly combination but at the same time they can work well together. This is the case with Ruby and Arcus. A strong showing of a debut novel for new author, Elly Blake.