May Contain Spoilers
Review by Poo Penny
Yay! Another special snowflake, get it?, story! Ruby is a fireblood, which means that she can produce a flame, and there are frostbloods, which means that they can control, oh you guessed it, frost! Well, the land, I forget what they call it, is controlled by a frostblood king, and he has basically wiped out all the firebloods. Ruby is the last, most precious. Insert eye roll. Some stuff happens, her mother is killed, she is captured, and her village is burned to the ground.
Flash forward to 5 months later, and Ruby is basically being tortured, being doused with water every day to ensure her flame doesn’t get out of control, and out of nowhere some, dun dun dunnnnn, frostbloods show up to save her. Obviously it makes no sense for a while why frostbloods want to help a fireblood, but they make a bargain with Ruby, and she escapes. They turn out to be monks, and one of them is a master frostblood, who can help her control her flame. Do I also not need to tell you… she excels at it? Yeah, she’s da best. Arcus and Ruby have some weird thing for a long time, which gets awkward for me, and I don’t even understand it because they weren’t together that long? Anyways, I never trusted Arcus. Jerk.
Then Ruby gets captured again, surprise! And that is all I will spoil. I am curious what she will do for the next book, because honestly I feel like she could have ended the story here and I would have been a lot happier with it. It was a solid 2.5 stars, but I have decided from now on I will round down. Also, there wasn’t really anything original about this book, it was very typical YA, including a love triangle. Albeit a brief one. Fun times.
Grade: 2.5 stars
Review copy borrowed from our local library
About the book
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.