Good afternoon fellow bookworms!
It’s a beautiful snowy day in the East of England, so today’s
review of Frostblood, by Elly Blake seems appropriate.
Title: Frost Blood (#1: Frostblood Saga.)
Author: Elly Blake
Publishing year: 2017
My rating: * * * * * (5 STARS!)
Warning: Potential small spoiler alert!
I was so excited to start reading Frostblood, by Elly Blake. It’s a novel I’ve been meaning to get around to for ages, and I’m glad I did because I absolutely LOVED every moment!
This enchanting narrative focuses on young Ruby Firebrand, one of the last Firebloods in existence. One of the first sentences, ‘I offered my hand to the fire’ intrigued me, making me wonder if the fire was in fact a sentient being.
Although it soon became clear that it was not, the fire did respond to Ruby’s emotions, making it easy to picture when things might escape Ruby’s limited control.
The setting is quickly established for the reader, as are the two warring clans of this fictional world, the Firebloods, and the Frostbloods.
The evil Frost King plays a crucial role in all that befalls Ruby’s character as the novel progresses. He is the symbol of all things evil (at least, from Ruby’s perspective.)
The fast pace of the story had my heart thudding in my chest. Along with exciting clan backstories, I loved the complexity of the main characters, Ruby and Arcus (a hooded monk with many secrets.) Both are stubborn, headstrong individuals that only want the best for their people. Despite being of different clans, they are more similar to one-another than might first be noticeable to the reader. As the pair grow closer, the novel acquires an increasingly heart-warming feel, which had me personally floating on clouds.
One thing that I disliked was the somewhat cliché prophecy storyline. I feel that after Harry Potter and the prophecies foretold in the award-winning series, that no other prophecy storyline can truly measure up. Of course, that’s just my opinion and others are sure to feel otherwise.
I did enjoy Blake’s style of writing (perhaps a little too much) as I found my head lost in the clouds for some time, like I did when I was a kid and life was simpler. The author’s beautiful use of imagery and the detail described throughout are worthy of tremendous praise.
I would definitely recommend that you give this book a read. It was by far one of my favourite reads to date. I really connected with the characters, particularly Ruby as I have often felt (and still do feel) like an outcast.
I am rating this novel 5 stars, although I could easily rate it 10 (if that was allowed!)
I’d recommend Frostblood to lovers of High Fantasy and Mythology.
I hope you enjoyed my review of Frostblood.
~ Take care, Daccari.