Frostblood is Blake’s debut novel.
Frostbloods and firebloods are natural enemies in this world. The king is being controlled by an evil entity called the Minax. However the king is a frostblood with a vendetta to kill all of the firebloods in his hunt to find the Daughter of Darkness.
Ruby is a fireblood livng in a small village with her healer mother when the soldiers of the king raided the village and taking Ruby prisoner. For half a year, Ruby is held prisoner until a handful of frostblood refugees break her out. Confused, Ruby reluctantly agrees to go with and help the refugees destroy the throne, which wields the darkness, controlling the king. Arcus and Brother Thistle, frostblood refugees, help Ruby control and master her fire. However, some of the other refugees come to find out that Brother Thistle and Arcus are housing a fireblood. Most of the residents are very iffy about Ruby putting their safety in danger.
Ruby is taken prisoner again but this time taken to the palace to be held prisoner. She is forced to fight for her life against frostblood champions to get close to the king. The king has his suspicion that Ruby is the Daughter of Darkness that he has been searching for. Wishing to take Ruby as an ally, King Rasmus tried to convince her with the Minax’s help, they could rule the kingdom with an iron fist. Arcus then storms the kingdom with this followers, claiming he is the rightful king Arelius Arkanus.
This is a page turner, however it is predictable. Arcus turning out to be Rasmus’s elder brother, thought to have died in a fire, comes out of no where to claim his throne.
Ruby is a weak teenager who doesn’t know how to control her gift, or even summon it unless she is mad. She is afraid throughout most of the book to even summon her fire, which grew irritating, especially when Arcus would taunt Ruby. Towards the end of the book she learned how to use her fire to kill the frostblood champions she was going against, which drew the Minax towards her even more.
Blake does a phenomenal job describing scenes and how the characters look in her head. Arcus’s face is burned and scarred due to an assassination attempt on his life when he was young. Brother Thistle took Arcus under his wing when he was banished from the kingdom. Blake made sure to leave no loose ends in this novel, leaving me satisfied with finishing it. However, the predictability of the book is a bit of an upset.
The character development was meager. There was little improve on Ruby throughout the story. She was just as scared at the beginning as she was in the ending. She never seemed to be brave, just a poor forced soul that went along with the plan unwillingly.
- Decent read, although slightly predictable
- Little character development
- Some romance