Against all odds, Ruby has defeated the villainous Frost King and melted his throne of ice. But the bloodthirsty Minax that was trapped inside is now haunting her kingdom and everyone she loves. The answers to its demise may lie to the south in Sudesia, the land of the Firebloods, and a country that holds the secrets to Ruby’s powers and past….
Despite warnings from her beloved Arcus, Ruby accompanies a roguish Fireblood named Kai to Sudesia, where she must master her control of fire in a series of trials to gain the trust of the suspicious Fireblood queen. Only then can she hope to access the knowledge that could defeat the rampaging Minax – which grows closer every moment. But as sparks fly in her moments alone with Kai, how can Ruby decide whom to trust? The fate of both kingdoms is now in her hands.
So I really enjoyed Frostblood, and had high expectations for fire blood. And in places they were definitely met or exceeded! However I can’t help but feel it’s not quite as strong as the first book. There may be mild spoilers for both books ahead but I’ll avoid the major ones!
Argus has grown on me a little, though his relationship with Ruby seems a little forced. And I missed the monks! I did like Ruby and her maid though.
I wasn’t bothered by Kai at all, he felt like such a trope throughout and ugh love triangles. I did like how he interacted with a ruby for training, and for the times he wasn’t flirting.
I found it really interesting to see more of the fireblood world, and to see the differences between the two peoples. And despite the twists in the story line (another ugh I’m afraid), I do want to know what happens next. I want there to be some resolution of the whole frost v fire thing.
The strongest point of the books to me is the stories and history that set it all up – the winds, the minax, the frost and the fire. I really enjoyed that and find it well thought out.
The weakest point is definitely that this book felt more predictable and didn’t really surprise me at all. It is however well told and written, and still a nice read. 3.5 stars.
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