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Of Flesh & Fire, by Tuesday Cross (A Fantasy Review)

‘I’m a twenty three year old sacrifice, and he’s a two thousand year old vampire.’

Good afternoon fellow booklovers,
Today’s review is for a book I absolutely adore- Of Flesh and Fire, by Tuesday cross.

When a young girl is discovered, unscathed, in a burnt down orphanage, she is whisked away to a land of magic, where she is to attend University. She soon learns that she is part of an ancient prophecy between dragon and vampire kind,where her true name, Nyminia originated, and soon falls into an unconventional romance with a two thousand year old vampire veteran, Marcus.

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I came to love Nyminia’s character for she is brave, headstrong, and of high intelligence, all qualities that I admire. I shared in every one of her victories and losses, as though I were actually part of her personal journey.

Her unusual appearance captivated me: hair as white as snow, pale skin, and with stunning violet eyes that scream unique beauty. As for her personality, Nyminia possesses the naivety of youth, but simultaneously boasts the wisdom of a century’s old being alongside a sarcastic sense of humor.

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Nyminia’s blossoming romance with Marcus, a gentlemanly vampire and mage, was beautifully developed and had my heart thudding within my chest.

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Another loveable character comes in the form of Rowan, not another vampire, but a young werewolf girl and Nyminia’s first and best friend at RBU. We instantly see the pair form a tight bond and sense that Nyminia loves her dearly from day one of their meeting- ‘How could anyone be so instantly likeable?’ Rowan’s bubbly and adorable personality contrast strongly with Marcus’s dark and somewhat brooding nature, though both characters are steadfast in their loyalty to Nyminia and do anything they can to protect her from harm.

I loved the author’s personable style and conversational tone as it made this book easy to dive into, with characters I could relate to on a deeper level. I loved how dramatic the storyline was and believe I’ve found a new favourite author.

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I now leave you with one last quote from the Headmistress of RBU. The quote is taken from near the start of the novel when the prophecy concerning Nyminia is first mentioned.

‘Our universe was born from fire, and by fire- all things must end.’

This quote instantly reminded me of how quickly the world around us can change and how the natural circle of life functions in the daily progression of our lives.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would recommend that you give it a read.

I’m rating it as 5 stars.
Recommended for lovers of fantasy and folklore.

 

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Have a pleasant day, 

~Daccari.

 

 

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Frostblood (Book #1: Frostblood Saga) ~ Fantasy Review

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.)
Genre: Fantasy
Author: Elly Blake
Publishing year: 2017

My rating: 
*  *  *  *  * (5 STARS!)

 

Warning: Potential small spoiler alert!

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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.

 

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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.