Nightblood, Elly Blake – Book Review

Hello humans! I have been known to refer to the Frostblood Saga as the most YA series to ever YA. It’s not something said as criticism, but rather a useful way of describing this book quickly, it has a lot of the tropes that people love/hate/hate to love/love to hate depending on personal preference. I wasn’t sure what to expect from the finale in the trilogy, whether it would end up following in the predictable (not a bad thing) vein of the first two stories or if it would surprise me. I’m delighted to have been given the opportunity to share my thoughts with you now.

Spoiler alert for Frostblood and Fireblood but not for Nightblood.

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Goodreads Summary:

Ruby’s world has changed more than she ever could have imagined. She’s in love with a powerful Frost King. She’s the heir to the Fire Throne. And she may be a Nightblood–the spawn of a vengeful deity hellbent on releasing his wraithlike Minax from their prison. Once freed, these beasts will roam the earth, devouring every last person until he or she is nothing but an empty husk. But Ruby is able to control the Minax to a degree, and now she, her beloved Arcus, and her friend Kai must find a way to bring Frostbloods and Firebloods–sworn enemies–together to make a stand against a foe more deadly than any they’ve faced.
In this heart-pounding finale of Elly Blake’s gorgeously written and action-packed Frostblood Saga, the fate of Frostbloods, Firebloods, and all of humanity is at stake.

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I am incredibly pleased to say that this book surprised me. I started it thinking I was going to get a generic YA fantasy trilogy finale and it was actually a really lovely read. It does still have that trope-ness that made the first two books annoying/wonderful depending on your personal preferences, but the writing itself felt more mature, for the most part, the characters felt better conceived and the plot had some unexpected and very clever moments in amongst everything that you would expect had you read the first two.

The one thing that really bothered me in this was the way it seemed to allow jealous behaviour, it didn’t so much encourage it, but neither was it totally condemned. I don’t think it was the worst example of jealousy I’ve seen but it did very much put me off the particular character, which made warming to the rest of the plot somewhat more challenging.

The plot and the characters are still fairly generic as far as YA goes, but I think that’s going to be something people have to decide on an individual basis whether it bothers them or not. Personally, I don’t mind a book that’s predictable and easy to read, I find them really useful for when you end up in a reading slump, just to kick me out of that mindset.

I don’t have a huge amount to say about this book, largely because many of the interesting things to talk about would probably count as spoilers and I don’t want to risk it. Put simply, this was a fun way to end a series that I didn’t expect to be particularly amazing. I’m not sure I’d be rushing out to re-read all three books, but I might just re-read this one if the timing was right.

My rating: 3/5 stars

I received a digital advanced review copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

What say you? Have you read any of this series? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!

J

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