Friday, June 9, 2017

Frost Blood by Elly Blake - Optional

Blake, Elly Frost Blood, 371 pgs. Little, Brown and Company, 2017. $17.99. Language: PG (1 swear, 0 ‘F’); Mature Content: PG-13; Violence: PG-13

Ruby is a Fireblood and lives hidden in a land where Frostbloods rule. When Ruby’s mother dies protecting her, she finds herself thrust into a fight between the rebels and the king for control. The power that Ruby has is what is needed to challenge the king, but she is captured and forced to perform in the king’s diabolical tournaments before she can act. Now it is up to her to take down the kingdom from the inside and save herself and those she loves.

Another offering in an over-saturated genre, this book does little to distinguish itself. The main character is again a young woman unaware of her true power who will find herself instructed by more world weary male figures intent on exploiting her in order to save the world. The romance between Ruby and Arcus is forced and the there is a balance lacking between the build up to the definitive battle and the eventual triumph over evil. The main villain is the only interesting part of this book and he does not get enough page time to make the overall book worth the read. This is the first book in series and may appeal to readers who are more interested in the genre than in the individual quality of the book.


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