- Page Count: 376
- Release Date: January 10, 2017
- My Rating: 3 stars
The frost king will burn. Seventeen-year-old Ruby is a Fireblood who has concealed her powers of heat and flame from the cruel Frostblood ruling class her entire life. But when her mother is killed trying to protect her, and rebel Frostbloods demand her help to overthrow their bloodthirsty king, she agrees to come out of hiding, desperate to have her revenge.
Despite her unpredictable abilities, Ruby trains with the rebels and the infuriating—yet irresistible—Arcus, who seems to think of her as nothing more than a weapon. But before they can take action, Ruby is captured and forced to compete 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.
I think this would have been a really fun story if I were just discovering YA fantasy books. It has all of the elements from other stories I love and is well written, but… there was just nothing new. It was such a typical mix of every possible trope that I had a really hard time connecting with the story or caring much about anything. And I don’t mind tropes if they’re well done!! (I keep reading this genre for a reason… I like the typical plots). But there just wasn’t much here to connect with.
Ruby is a Fireblood in a kingdom where her magic is persecuted. She starts out the story having a mom who is present, but that bit of originality is shattered after a few pages when the evil king’s soldiers come and kill the mom. Ruby swears revenge and is taken to an abbey where she’s trained as the prophesied super strong Fireblood who can take down the Frostblood king. There’s a deadline she has to train for and then she’s put to the test (except the arena scene is pretty brief). She also has to battle the darkness within her and falls in love with a guy who starts out cold & rude but eventually shifts to being ready to die for her.
The worldbuilding is pretty basic, but still works. So it’s a solid story and there’s honestly nothing wrong with it… I just got really bored because I’ve seen it all before in every possible way. I’d recommend this if you haven’t read a ton of YA fantasy!