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Frostblood: The Frostblood Saga, Book 1

By Carrie R. Wheadon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Plenty of twists keep fiery fantasy romance exciting.

Book Elly Blake Fantasy 2017
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Here's a fantasy romance that may feel formulaic at first but piles on plenty of intriguing surprises in the last act. First-time author Elly Blake seems like she's taking us to a very familiar destination in Frostblood when a girl is persecuted for her powers, trains to kick butt in a monastery, and finds she's some kind of chosen one to take down the king. But then she's captured and forced to fight as a gladiator, leaving behind both her stoic love interest (mostly) and a predictable ending (completely). From the gladiator fights to the end, it's hard to put the book down.

As the story builds, so does the mythology of this place ruled by wind gods and their curses. Blake's world-building doesn't play out as skillfully. This story is much more character-driven, drawing readers fully into Ruby's inner struggles. Perhaps as Blake moves toward a sequel or two, the world will pop into focus more for a richer fantasy experience. Just like in her world of fire and ice, it's worth finding that balance.

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