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Fireblood

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Fireblood

Elly Blake is the Canadian author of the New York Times bestsellers FROSTBLOOD, FIREBLOOD and the forthcoming NIGHTBLOOD. She is a library assistant as well as the author of the Frostblood Saga. FROSTBLOOD is Blake’s debut in which Ruby, a Fireblood in hiding, emerges when her mother dies protecting her and begins training her powers. FIREBLOOD is the sequel to FROSTBLOOD, where Ruby must face increasingly dangerous stakes as she attempts to save two kingdoms.

"Elly Blake succeeded in making bold, sometimes reckless and always intriguing characters who face adventure, danger and surprise....I highly recommend this series, and I believe that FIREBLOOD is even better than FROSTBLOOD."

FIREBLOOD picks up slightly after FROSTBLOOD left off. Ruby is adjusting to her new life in the Frost Court with the Frostblood King, Arcus. After destroying the ice throne and freeing the kingdom from its tyrannous ruler, Ruby is not feeling any generosity from the court. After an attack on the palace leaves her wanting to help diplomatically, Ruby accompanies a stranger named Kai to Sudesia, home of the Firebloods. She hopes to find information on defeating the Minax that escaped the throne for good and to patch things up with the Frost Court’s bitterest enemy.

Ruby’s and Arcus’s personalities clashing is probably my favorite part of this story. They are inherently opposites when it comes to the nature of their power, yet they are an even more incredible source of power when they are together. The start of the novel added issues to their relationship that took a while to resolve because Ruby left to go to Sudesia. I enjoyed the change of setting from the first book, and it was super exciting to see more Firebloods than just Ruby. I enjoyed Kai’s addition to the story because he was always making jokes and cared about Ruby. There was a hint of a love triangle that appeared that had me worried, but it is resolved quickly, which I appreciated.

Elly Blake succeeded in making bold, sometimes reckless and always intriguing characters who face adventure, danger and surprise. The book featured many shocking developments that left me needing the next book in my hands. I cannot help but love the characters in this series, and the new characters are excellent additions. The Fire Queen and Prince Eiko were vital to the story, as well as Kai. Ruby is always facing a new problem, and I cannot wait to see what happens in NIGHTBLOOD.

I highly recommend this series, and I believe that FIREBLOOD is even better than FROSTBLOOD. The series features many elements that are popular in some of the best YA fantasy books, but it blends them in new ways. Readers of fantasy will enjoy this series as it features compelling characters that take on enormous responsibilities and fight things much bigger than themselves. This trilogy reminds me a lot of SNOW LIKE ASHES by Sara Raasch, so if you loved that, you are probably going to love this series!

Reviewed by Grace P., Teen Board Member on October 17, 2017

Fireblood
(The Frostblood Saga #2)
by Elly Blake