Review: Frostblood (The Frostblood Saga #1)

Frostblood (The Frostblood Saga #1)

By Elly Blake

Genre: Fantasy
Age: Young Adult
Published: Hodder & Stoughton (January, 2017)
Format: Audiobook
Length: 10hrs 44 mins
Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Enter a world where fire and ice are mortal enemies….
Ruby is a Fireblood. In a land ruled by frost, her very existence is a crime. She's spent her whole life in hiding.
Until the day Frostblood soldiers raid her village and kill her mother. The day she swears to avenge her people…

Seventeen-year-old Ruby has a secret that would almost definitely mean certain death if anyone were to find out. Ruby is a Fireblood in a realm where the Frostblood King reigns. Her people have been hunted and killed or used for the King’s entertainment and she’s intent on seeking vengeance.

I thought I might be getting a little tired of the Fantasy genre, but Elly Blake’s Frostblood seems to have reinvigorated me.

I have to admit that this may also have been because of Jennifer English’s performance as narrator. I loved it. I’m still very new to audiobooks, with this being only the second one I’ve had and after a less than satisfying first bout, it took a lot to decide which book to gamble on next.

I’m so glad I chose this one!

It never felt as though the action reached a stalemate. Blake’s tactful execution made me feel as though there was always something going on. To this end, Frostblood is extremely well-paced and it never felt as though there were any filler scenes.

English brought the characters to life, yes, but Blake’s prose was stunning. Her descriptions of the world were so vivid that I had no trouble at all envisaging it. I was truly able to transport myself there. Not once was there any obscurity due to occasionally vague descriptions — ­­as is so often the case.

In all honesty, I don’t know how I would have found the book if I had read a hard copy. Whilst there is skill in Blake’s beautiful writing, it’s difficult to see exactly what sets this book apart. It very much follows discovery, new love and loss — all of which are fairly standard themes. So, I’m intrigued to see what Blake will bring to the table in the next instalment.

Frostblood is only the beginning of Ruby’s story and I can’t wait to uncover more of the intriguing lore surrounding this world. Blake has done just what she needed to, to get me hooked on characters and if Jennifer English is narrating again, you can bet I’ll be using my Audible credit for that one.

Bring on Fireblood!

P.S. I think Brother Gammut/Gammit/Gammett (haven’t got the foggiest clue how it’s spelt, but you’ll know who I mean) deserves an honourable mention…I loved him. I can’t put a finger on why, but he’s great.