Top positive review
Unique and interesting fantasy read
13 November 2018
I have read this book several times now, and never fail to enjoy it. It is well written with amazing worldbuilding and characters. The storyline flows well, and insights the curious part of me that wants to know more.
I love how the history, myths and legends of the origin of Firebloods and Frostbloods are woven throughout the story. It is refreshing that we get aspects of the story from both sides, with acknowledgement that the storyteller would be biased based on their origins.
Ruby is a complex and interesting character. At 17, she has seen a lot in her life and her experiences lend themselves to her skittish and untrusting behaviours, but also the desire to be accepted for what she is and to be able to openly embrace her magic. When she is rescued after being kept prisoner and tormented with water and ice to block her powers and make her weak, she struggles to believe that anyone has good intentions towards her. The monks and mysterious Arcus who rescue her are divided on whether the like or hate her. As she spends more time with them, she just might come to trust them, which could be her downfall.
The book is split in 2 parts, with the 2nd part based in the Frost King's castle where a captured Ruby is thrown into the gladiator ring to right for her life. As darkness begins to take over, it appears all is lost. But help comes from an unlikely source and maybe, just maybe, there is hope.
I am looking forward to reading the rest of this series, and would recommend this to anyone wanting a unique fantasy read.