Let’s talk about trilogies. I have a confession, before we really dive in. I have a serious issue with not finishing trilogies. The reasons vary but it’s usually because I don’t want the story to end. If I read the last book, there’s nothing else to read. But now that I’ve gotten that off my chest, let’s talk about trilogies. Please note, I have NOT finished the below series.
Frostblood Saga by Elly Blake
- Frostblood ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
- Fireblood ⭐⭐⭐
- Nightblood [not yet rated]
I absolutely loved the first book in this series. I actually read a bad review of it but still decided to read it anyway and let me tell you, that was an excellent choice on my part. The first book has enemies to lovers romance (with no love triangle), elemental magic, and a political subplot that kept the story moving.
We got to see secret royals, monks who helped our characters learn how to master their powers, and a prophecy that I suspected would become a continuous theme throughout the series. Such a good start.
I loved Frostblood so much, that I literally picked up Fireblood immediately after finishing. And I mean immediately, I didn’t even get up from the couch, I already had it waiting so I could go right into the next part of the story.
However, Fireblood fizzled fast. The romance that I loved so much in Frostblood was gone and replaced by fighting, jealousy, and a feeling that this couple, that I just loved together, really shouldn’t be together. It made me doubt all the reasons I loved the first book.
This story also included a love triangle (🤮) and it forced my favorite two characters apart. I did not enjoy the repeated plot twists and I thought they were predictable and unnessecary.
But, I did finish the book.
I’ll be the first to admit, I am a serial book starter. If something doesn’t keep my attention, I move on and start something else. I don’t have time to read books that can’t keep my focus. I did start Nightblood but I got less than 100 pages into it before I put it down (in February) and have yet to return to it. I’m not saying I’ll never pick it back up. Because I do care about what happens to these characters, but, this book pales in comparison to Frostblood.
For the purposes of this post, I didn’t feel like I had to finish the book to judge the series. It’s judgement enough that I read the first two in one day and started the third but it was such a let down, that 3 months later, I still haven’t finished it.
Maybe I’m wrong. Maybe Nightblood is going to have an amazing turnaround that will make me forget the last 3 months and make me wish I read it sooner. I can’t know until I read it. But, for now, in my opinion, this series started out so strong and fizzled so hard.