Nightblood Review || A Terrible Romance In An Incredible Fantasy

36139392Ruby’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.


The romance and love triangle in this is absolutely terrible and reminds me of Twilight. There. I said it. Now come burn me for my unpopular opinion lol.

I don’t know how this happened guys. I absolutely loved Arcus in Frostblood, the first book of the trilogy! In this book though…  Arcus is terrible, and way too controlling. He won’t let Ruby do anything, even when she’s doing it for the greater good, to be selfless and save the entire world, he’s like nOPE. You aren’t doing this because you might get hurt. The only rare occasion when he’ll consider allowing her to do anything is when he’s with her, because apparently she can’t be trusted to be independent and strong on her own terms–no, Arcus thinks she can only accomplish anything when he’s there. He’s so controlling that Ruby has to lie to him on numerous occasions, lie to the person who “loves” her.

Furthermore, she is actively scared to lie to him and go against him, worried that he’s going to freak out and make a ruckus over her actually doing anything. She even puts herself in danger because of this!! In literally the first chapter of the book, Ruby is shown to sleepwalk and have nightmares often, and almost throws herself over the side of a ship and dies, but won’t allow guards or people to watch outside her door and make sure she doesn’t, you know, fall off the ship and die in her sleep, because she’s worried Arcus will know she’s suffering and freak out. Furthermore, one time she’s terribly sick and delirious, but doesn’t want Arcus to know because she’s worried about his reaction.

FURTHemore, Arcus doesn’t trust her to do anything. He acts all jealous and manipulative, and when Ruby has to kiss someone else in a terrifying and unpleasant situation necessary to help save the world, he doesn’t let her explain, assuming the worst of her. And when she says cruel things to him because she is possessed outside of her own accord, instead of helping her through it, he hurts her and leaves her.

I am so hardcore Team Kai guys. Kai is the one to push her to be her best, to let herself feel and live, while Arcus is the one she has to tiptoe around because he’s always trying to control her. But this book makes it very clear just like it did at the end of Fireblood that Ruby only has eyes for Arcus. Yet for some reason the book keeps trying to push Kai at her and show he loves her even though it’s very clear she doesn’t feel the same? This is Twilight status, really. Two guys like girl, one of them always trying to control her, but she only likes that guy and the other guy stands no chance but forced love triangle anyways just to love triangle.

Anyway, at this point you may be wondering why I’m spending so much time rambling about romance in a fantasy book. Well, to that I would question why the book spends so much time angsting about romance when it’s supposed to be a fantasy book? The fantasy is amazing! But I feel like every other chapter Ruby is angsting about her love life, with a bunch of stupid arguments and forced conflict, tension, and drama just because. Honestly, this book would be SO MUCH BETTER without any romance or love triangle, ngl.

Aside from that, the stakes are so much higher here than in the past two books and it was amazing! Ruby has really developed and grown as a character so much since the first book, and has to accomplish amazing feats, traveling in search of a mythical isle to defeat a cruel god, all the while fighting against the darkness growing in her, in her very nature.

I loved seeing the mythology and lore of the gods in this book too! We got a bit of backstory in the first two books, but we really get to experience them them in person here, and see the full scope of their powers as Ruby attempts to fight against them. A lot more is revealed about the Minax too, and the strength Ruby must muster to keep it under her control.

The ending of this book was, for the most part, absolutely insane! I was on the edge of my seat, turning pages as quickly as possible to try and discover what would happen next. The ending was so twisty that I definitely didn’t guess or anticipate beforehand what would happen!


3 stars



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