Hello and welcome to the final day of the Frosty Blog Tour for the fabulous debut Novel from Elly Blake, I not only have a review for you but also an Ice Extract for you all. Also, don’t forget to check out the previous stops and reviews in the blog tour, shown below:
“Is there a problem, Fireling?” the king asked, his eyes narrowing to dark points, his lips twitching. “You look . . . a little cold.
”As he said the words, my limbs went stiff. My feet wouldn’t move. I realized they were mired in frost up to my ankles. My heart still beat hard in my chest; my breath came in panting bursts. But when I opened my mouth, whether to plead or threaten, my jaw was too stiff for speech. Sheer blind panic flooded my veins. I was completely and utterly at the king’s mercy. “You’re accustomed to frost having little effect on you, aren’t you?” He smiled, looking satisfied, like a well‑ fed cat. “Well, I’m no peasant. My power comes from the throne of Fors. It absorbs your heat.”
The cold reached my stomach and was creeping toward my chest. My breathing slowed and my vision dimmed. So this was how the king killed Firebloods. As if through a fog, I saw his smile, felt his raw pleasure in the act of making me hurt.
I tried to force words from my frozen throat. Stars burst in front of my eyes.
The young woman in the plum gown stepped forward. She gave me an intense look from thickly lashed violet eyes before turning to the king.
“Pardon, Your Majesty,” she said in a soft, melodious voice, “but would it not be a fine idea to let her fight? We haven’t seen a Fireblood in the arena for several weeks. Perhaps it would raise the spirits of your soldiers to see your champions defeat a Fire‑blood, to remind them of our great victories. It could be an auspicious way to start the summer season of games.”
Annoyance flickered in the king’s eyes, but the woman’s expression was patient, inquisitive, and hopeful. Her wheat‑ gold hair, lit from the window behind, was braided and twined on her head in an elegant style that suited her delicate features. I had the sense that if anyone else had been so brazen, they would have been frozen on the spot. But the king seemed to consider her words.
“My arena is for warriors and champions, and she is neither,” he replied. “Fighting is a privilege that must be earned through a show of strength.”
He tapped his fingers on the icy throne, the sapphire ring glinting in the light. The shadows in the ice shifted.
“She must be tested,” said a voice that resonated in my head like a thousand chiming bells, excruciatingly loud. From what I could see, no one in the room showed signs that they had heard anything at all. The king’s head was cocked slightly.
“She must be tested,” the king repeated. He lifted his hand and made a careless gesture in my direction. The cold rushed away, leaving me boneless. “Take her to Gulzar. If she survives the beast, perhaps I’ll consider allowing her into my arena. If not, at least my pet will have a hot meal.”
Frost Blood was a great start to what I feel will be a fantastic series. It follows Ruby who is a Fireblood, however she must hide her powers from the ruling Frostbloods otherwise like her Fireblood descendants she will be killed. However situations change and she finds herself teaming up with those who are known to kill her kind.
I cannot stress how much I enjoyed this book, from the beginning you are thrown straight into the story. It was full of suspense, always wondering what would happen next and second guessing and also full of action.
The world building in this novel is fantastic, whilst reading I could actually imagine being in that world, and I think if as a writer you can capture that then you are onto a winner.
I loved Ruby as a character and the developing relationships she had with other characters, I found myself rooting for her at the beginning. I also loved that other characters that were involved and how much you learnt about them which was great because sometimes you find in some books you don’t learn much about other characters at all.
I feel that this book is different to similar book out there, I feel that the history between the two rivals is more realistic and isn’t too far fetched.
The book had tension throughout and at some points you definitely didn’t know what was coming next – no matter how much you tried to guess. Ruby is a very believable character and I am really looking forward to to reading what happens next to Ruby throughout the series.
If you are fans of Red Queen or Six of Crow’s then I think you will definitely love this book.