Fireblood by Elly Blake

Title Fireblood

Author Elly Blake

Description from Amazon

Against all odds, Ruby has defeated the villainous Frost King and melted his powerful throne. 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.
Initial Thoughts
I really liked the first book in this series, Frostblood, so I had high hopes for the sequel.

Cover Art

I think the cover of Fireblood is a much needed improvement from Frostblood. I like the use of the same regal symbol but this time it’s engulfed in flames. I like the consistency of the typography between the books and I like the use of deep red and dark colors on this cover. I thought it was fitting for the storyline.

Favorite Character

None. I didn’t have a favorite character in this book. I thought everyone had a lot of flaws. Arcus was too controlling. Ruby was too ungrateful and rebellious. Kai came out of nowhere. Nobody stood out as a favorite.

Something I Liked

The ambiguity of Ruby’s character. Is she good or is she bad? Even she doesn’t know at times. I like the dynamic between Ruby and the Minax. You can’t tell where her head is sometimes and it’s hard to determine what either will do next.

Overall, I liked that she wasn’t perfect or entirely good. Her vulnerability to evil is what makes her human and, a more interesting character.

Something I Wasn’t Crazy About

The love triangles. I hate, hate, hate love triangles and this book has so many.

Final Thoughts

This book was a bit of a disappointment. It left me feeling kind of meh about reading the last book, Nightblood. I had no favorite character, and I wasn’t really blown away by the story line in this one. I’ll give it the benefit of the doubt and chalk its mediocrity up to the fact that it’s the middle book in a trilogy (almost always the worst, in my opinion).


Recommendations for Further Reading

  • Nightblood by Elly Blake – the final book in the series
  • Snow Like Ashes series by Sara Raasch – this is another trilogy that revolves around elemental magic tied kingdoms. There is also a fair amount of politics and romance in both series.
  • Dark Breaks the Dawn by Sara B. Larson – the magic systems are different but both of these stories have unexpected twists where friends become enemies and enemies become friends. Give this one a try if you liked the twists and turns in Fireblood.

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