By Elly Blake

Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton   Pages: 371

Rated: 3.5 stars

For the first book in this series, I have to say it didn’t disappoint. I can’t wait to see where Elly takes us in this world of her creation.

Ruby, a Fireblood, and Arcus, a Frostblood, have to find a way to destroy the darkness in their kingdom. Can they do this with the hatred they both hold for each other’s kind, or can they find a friendship that could last through the tests that lie ahead?

Ruby is hot tempered, full of hatred and yet wants, underneath it all, to find where she belongs. Arcus has been hurt in more ways than one. He is good looking, hot tempered, with a heart frozen solid, and is so similar to Ruby, looking for where he belongs.

I found this book very fast paced from the beginning. I enjoyed the idea of the wold that Elly created and can’t wait for her next book where hopefully we will learn more. I think we got a good start to learning about the magic of this world. I would have liked a bit more about the training for the Frostbloods, but overall a good start to what this magic is all about.

I hope that in the 2nd book Fireblood we can learn more about the history – especially Ruby’s as we don’t know much about it at all – as well as the religions and the Gods who have large roles to play in the how/why things came to be.

If you enjoy magic, fast-paced storyline, a romance that shouldn’t be, and a few good fight scenes, this is the book for you. This is a must-read debut book plus great first novel, and the start to a strange, intriguing new world we have been given.


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