A young girl with the power of fire running through her veins must save a kingdom ruled by the evil Frost King.
Ruby Otrera lives an isolated life with her mother, hiding her reviled power from the villagers nearby: she’s a Fireblood. In a land ruled by Frostbloods, Firebloods are hunted. Ruby can barely control her powers, and when the Frost King’s soldiers arrive, she can’t stop them from killing her mother and locking her in Blackcreek Prison. Nearly half a year passes before two robed Frostbloods appear and offer her freedom in exchange for helping them remove the Frost King. Soon Ruby finds herself at Forwind Abbey in the care of monks. Brother Thistle tries to teach her how to control her powers in preparation for her task. Arcus, the only lay plotter involved, keeps his face hidden but makes his mistrust clear. As Ruby finds a new home at the abbey, soldiers continue to hunt for her. And it isn’t long before she’s made to face the throne and learn her true role in both the monks’ and the Frost King’s plans. Ruby’s a spitfire who faces her challenges with grit, but her love interest and his surprises are predictable. Backed by a strong mythology, Ruby’s story stands to be reinvigorated in the sequel if a dynamic villain is delivered and the romance takes a back seat. Ruby is relatively pale-skinned in comparison to blue-eyed Brother Thistle; racial difference in this fantasy world cuts along Fireblood/Frostblood lines.
A slow-burning, classic tale with too few fireworks at the end. (Fantasy. 13 & up)