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 Fireblood 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, how can Ruby decide whom to trust? The fate of both kingdoms is now in her hands.
*This book may contain spoilers for Frostblood*
I love this series, I love Elly Blake and I love every damn one of the characters in this book (even the ones I don't want to). Reading Fireblood was honestly an etheral experience for me and I loved every second of it. I can't even find anything to complain about. I loved everything that happened in this book, even when it wasn't what I wanted to happen. Even some trope-ish stuff that is generally not my favorite- LOVED IT. I loved everything. I can't even write a good review because my only opinion is that I LOVED IT.
Every page was an exhilarating and enjoyable experience. I think this series may just be my weakness.
In Fireblood, we're introduced to a steamy (hahah, I am hilarious) new character named Kai. He's a bright (hahah), fun and enjoyable character to read. We're also introduced to a new setting which was equally fun to explore. This book has a little less Arcus (collective sobs) as Ruby endeavors on her own journey to discover her powers and defeat the Minax. Sometimes Ruby's mission felt a little lost to me and a couple times I found myself questioning the direction the storyline was headed, but the ending of the book wrapped up nicely. I think this book was an excellent example of what the middle book in a trilogy should look like. This book effortlessly progressed the story from Frostblood and set up what is sure to be a very enjoyable Nightblood, while still being a thrilling and fun read on it's own. Without the world-building of a first book or the climax of a third book, middle books can so often be flat. Luckily, that wasn't the case with Fireblood.
I'm excited to continue this saga; although, admittedly, I'm not excited to wait another year for Nightblood.