Fireblood by Elly Blake


Against all odds, Ruby has defeated the villainous Frost King and melted his throne of ice. 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 Fire 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, Ruby no longer knows whom to trust. The fates of two kingdoms are now in her hands.

I really enjoy this easy, addictive, devourable, predictable series. It hooks me and I never want to stop reading. Is it a unique, unbelievable, must-read series? Maybe not. But I enjoy the hell of out it.

I think I liked the first book a little more, as you were introduced to the world and characters, and that's always more exciting and interesting. But I think this was better written and constructed. It flowed really well, and at no point did I feel that a scene was rushed or dragged out. I liked the new world of Sudesia, and all of the new characters it introduced.

I even thought the new "romance" was done really well. When the description of this sequel was first announced, I was immediately hesitant. I didn't want a love triangle; I love Arcus will all of my heart. But Kai played a really important part in Ruby's journey towards finding out about her past and her finding herself. He's the first Fireblood that she's met and they bond instantly over their shared feisty personalities and short tempers. But I like that he didn't become her new love interest--not really. No matter what happens, even though she cares about him, he's not Arcus. Her heart cannot be swayed. AND I AM HERE FOR THAT.

I don't think this series is going to change your life, and it is very predictable, but I still really recommend it for anyone who's looking for a light fantasy novel that you can easily read and enjoy.

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