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.
This book was one of my anticipated reads of 2017, and I heard a lot of good things about the book.
The book reminded me a lot of of Red Queen in terms of the class system with blood type. with Frostblood being the more ruling class and Firebloods being a lower class, and Ruby is a powerful Fireblood who starts to realize the full potential of her power and “Let’s it go”. While there was aspects of her that was a bit whiny she did get better as the book went along.
I felt the beginning started off a bit slow with her training, and while it was nice to have some good aspects of character development, It did feel that the book was biting time for the action to start.
She joins a group of rebel Frostbloods who task her to overthrow the King and trains with Arcus. Arcus is sort of like Chaol from Throne of Glass. But I did feel that the relationship between Arcus and Ruby was a bit cliched in which they suppose to hate each other but then get together in the end, but the romance was very downplayed and it felt more like a friendship than a romance which made the book a little better.
Ruby becomes captured and forced to enter a tournament in which she fights Frostblood champions. This is where I felt the book started to really pick up, mainly because it reminded me a lot of Spartacus and Gladiator in terms of how the tournament scenes plays out. This is where you also see Ruby’s use the fullness of her power and it was so great to read about it. Her first fight reminded me a lot of Maximus’s first fight in Gladiator in which no one expects her to do well and when she does it wins the crowd.
The book also has a few good twists, in which I won’t spoil but it did a good at setting up where the series is going to go. I felt that it was a very good first book of a series that did a good job at setting up characters and villains of the story, and I do plan on reading the rest of the series to see where it goes.