So I’ve been incredibly lucky that the last few books I’ve picked up have been amazing! I do have a soft spot for steely, out of reach guys in fantasy so it’s no real surprise that I loved this… and Ruby. Gosh I loved Ruby, the Lady Firebrand!
Seventeen-year-old Ruby is a Fireblood who has concealed her powers of heat and flame from the cruel Frostblood ruling class her entire life. But when her mother is killed trying to protect her, and rebel Frostbloods demand her help to overthrow their bloodthirsty king, she agrees to come out of hiding, desperate to have her revenge.
Despite her unpredictable abilities, Ruby trains with the rebels and the infuriating—yet irresistible—Arcus, who seems to think of her as nothing more than a weapon. But before they can take action, Ruby is captured and forced to compete in the king’s tournaments that pit Fireblood prisoners against Frostblood champions. Now she has only one chance to destroy the maniacal ruler who has taken everything from her—and from the icy young man she has come to love.
I absolutely adored this book and devoured it in a matter of days! The world building is perfect, it’s not overly complex so you can getyour head around it quickly and easily, yet developed very well. I loved the romantic elements, the familial obligations, the hurt, the loss and just generally the brilliant way Ruby’s resolve was tested again and again.
This novel is fast paced and grips you from the start. Before you get a chance to get used to the setting and what’s happening BOOM you’re away somewhere else with something new and thrilling to sink your teeth into and gasp at. You won’t find yourself bored or wanting excitement, there’s always something going on to keep you turning the pages.
At no point was I lost or confused, only wanting more, now.
The characterisation in this novel was done brilliantly. You could really see the characters develop throughout and grow. The bonds between the characters were palpable and believable, and at some points, reluctant.
I love reading about strong women, and no matter what Ruby got put through, she managed to keep herself together (just), and she had her flaws, which added to her development. I would have been annoyed if she was just perfect. I think she was quite badass.
Arcus, oh be still, my beating heart! I won’t say too much for I don’t want to spoil anything, but oh my gosh, I think I may have a new favourite dark and brooding man to drool over!
Only negative comment was about Brother Lack’s motivations (I won’t go into too much detail to avoid spoilers). I would love to know why he felt the way he did and if there was more to him… maybe in book two they may mention this? As it stands he just seems to be randomly antagonistic.
One of my favourite quotes:
No one else made me feel so alive, but no one could make me so angry, either.
You need to read this book if you’re a fan magic, fantasy and a teensy bit of romantic tension. Hope you all enjoy! I got an ARC for Fire Blood at YALC so keep an eye out for that in the next week or so.
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