Book Review: Fireblood by Elly Blake
Author: Elly Blake
Series: Frostblood #2
Published: September 2017
Publisher: Little, Brown
From: Barnes and Noble
Fireblood by Elly Blake is the second in a sweeping fantasy saga that takes our main character Ruby from the frozen northern reaches of the world to the warm and tropical land Ruby’s family called home, as well as the emotional tolls Ruby suffers from beginning to end.
I actually enjoyed Fireblood more than I did Frostblood, Blake’s debut novel and the first in the Frostblood trilogy. I think it was because of the warm and comforting descriptions of Sudesia, the southern land Ruby travels to in this book. It is where she learns to harness her power and help those throughout the world, even though they don’t know she is.
Fireblood explores a lush new landscape, and new emotions for Ruby, which I think I seemed to relate more to than in her initial story. I also think Blake has grown as an author, and explored more creative and intriguing stories and characters. Frostblood was fun, but Fireblood was exciting, and if Blake keeps on this trend, then Nightblood, the third in the trilogy, will be exhilarating, to say the least.
My favorite parts were when Ruby met Kai, the sultry Sudesian creature who talks her into going to the land where her mother was from, and they begin their journey together. She learns more and more about her heritage and the twists in her journey make for a perfectly woven story for any age.
Also, the more I read about Ruby, the more I like her. She is relatively normal now. In Frostblood, she was unique, a bright flower in the frozen waste of the North. But now, she is among those who have similar powers, and is no longer that unique creature she was before. It is sort of refreshing, because the cliche’ of the “chosen one” is used, but not exactly continued in that aspect. I did enjoy the way Blake used that plot point throughout, though, and created this individual story. I also love the use of morals and ethics throughout the story.
I cannot wait to continue the story of Ruby, Kai and Arcus, and see how all the characters get to where they are meant to go.
Check out another review of Blake’s second novel here, written by Dreamy Addictions.
Frostblood, Fireblood and Nightblood can be purchased anywhere, such as Barnes and Noble.