Hello bookish peeps,
We are excited to be part of the Fireblood blog tour with Rockstar Book Tours. First, we have Michelle's review for you. Then, more about the author of Fireblood, Trisha Wolfe and the giveaway where you can win your own copy of Fireblood! Without further ado...
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
Pages: 376 pages
Release Date: December 17, 2013
Source of my copy: publisher via Netgalley
Synopsis (from Goodreads)
To save a kingdom, Zara must choose between a prince who could be the answer and a rising rebellion that threatens to take control.
When Zara Dane is chosen to marry Prince Sebastian Hart, son of the man who ordered her father’s capture, Zara knows she must fight to save everything she loves from ruin.
Being betrothed to the prince means a life trapped behind the towering stone walls of the Camelot-forged realm. Under the watchful eye of the prince's first knight, Sir Devlan Capra, changing her future becomes difficult.
When an unlikely rebel reveals the truth about the deadly secrets that fuel King Hart’s twisted world, Zara’s path to rescue her father becomes clouded by deception. The Rebels clear her path by forcing Zara’s hand with an ultimatum: sway Prince Sebastian to join the Rebels, convincing him of his father’s evil nature, or they will take him out.
But Zara is uncertain about a future under the Rebels’ command and where the prince’s heart truly lies. She must decide who to trust, what to believe, and what she’s truly fighting for before the king destroys all of Karm, including her heart.
I was really excited to read Fireblood. I looked at the cover (the girl and guy wearing medieval-like clothes, the castle in the background) and thought, it's been a while since I've read a medieval-ish magical fantasy... except it wasn't really.
I was a little confused in the beginning but once I got my head around the fact that Fireblood is a dystopian that is a bit medieval-ish I was able to get into the story. I enjoyed Fireblood overall. I thought it was written in a readable, consumable way where you can just keep flipping the pages quickly.
I liked Zara's character for the most part. She was stuck in an unfavorable situation where she was forced to marry sociopathic Prince Sebastian but she just didn't sit and accept it. She tried her damnedest to get out of it. She was strong and determined. But at same time she annoyed me, especially when it came to Sebastian. Yes, he was a jerk to her but she gave him as good (or sometimes worse) as she got. I liked Sebastian. He was definitely a tortured character and you see flashes of good in him. I think Zara could've turned him around. Sebastian was definitely the most interesting character in the novel.
As for the romance, it slowly grew and was woven into the story. I really liked that it was a slow burn. The synopsis hits of a love triangle but if you're like me and dislikes them, I'm happy to say there wasn't really one here. Two guys, Prince Sebastian and Sir Devlan Capra, were vying for Zara's hand but it was clear where Zara's heart lied and one of the guys never had a chance.
The world building was interesting. Like I mentioned before, it was a blend of futuristic dystopia, medieval setting and Camelot. Basically, the backstory was that a deadly virus wiped out most of the world and Karm was the only safe, livable place left but the twisted, evil king of Karm rules with a cruel iron fist and a group of rebels were working to overthrow him. It was a mish-mash of futuristic and old-time-y things but I thought the author did a good job creating a world where the mish-mash worked.
Fireblood is a good read. Yes, I did have some issues with it but they were minor in the scheme of things. If you like dystopian and medieval fantasy with a sprinkle of Camelot, Fireblood is for you.
About Trisha Wolfe
Spencer Hill Press, December 2013. My NA Dark Fantasy OF SILVER AND BEASTS and my NA Contemp THE DARKEST PART are available now.
I’m the creator of YA Bound, a promotional site for the Young Adult genre. Also a member of SCWW and The Apocalypsies.
A proud business owner, I'm partnered with my partner, my husband. When I’m not busy doing all of the above, I’m a wife and the mother of a gorgeous teen boy who's the sounding board for my male characters.
Check out the rest of this website TrishaWolfe.com for more on my books and bonus material. Follow me on Twitter @TrishWolfe
Michelle & Leslie