Author: Elly Blake
Release Date: Sept 12, 2017
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Format: paperback ARC
Source: Hachette Book Group Canada
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All hail the Fire Queen.
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. (Goodreads)
*I received a copy of this book from Hachette Book Group Canada in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion.*
ELLY GAVE ME MORE OF THEIR MYTHOLOGY AND BACK STORY AND YASSSSSSSSSSS. I could honestly read a book just of all the stories and mythology behind the magic in the world in which this series takes place. I loved how this next installment gave me more background on the world and magic system in the Frostblood Saga series.
I loved the introduction of Kai to my beloved cast of characters. Arcus and Ruby were my babies in Frostblood and I was a little closed off to a new member of the cast at first but he really grew on me. I loved his sass and he’s the kind of character that I would refer to as “infectious” if he were someone I knew in real life. I’m still not totally sure who I ship Ruby with now even so many weeks after finishing the book BUT I will gladly take either so they’re not lonely.
The story flowed quite well and it never felt like the story was dragging at all. It also did a great job of building up to Nightblood. It left me wanting more immediately after reading the last words. The first two installments came so close together that I got spoiled and now I’m just here trying to pretend like I’m not a mess of nerves waiting to see what happens to my babies.
No signs of second book syndrome here! This sequel gave me everything I was hoping for and more. Elly also beautifully set up my feelings and anticipation for the finale; in all honesty, I may even start a countdown!