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Nightblood

Review

Nightblood

Elly Blake is the Canadian author of the New York Times bestselling trilogy comprised of FROSTBLOOD, FIREBLOOD and NIGHTBLOOD. She is a library assistant as well as the author of the Frostblood Saga. FROSTBLOOD is Blake’s debut in which Ruby, a Fireblood in hiding, emerges when her mother dies protecting her and begins training her powers. FIREBLOOD is the sequel to FROSTBLOOD, and NIGHTBLOOD is the final novel in the trilogy.

"NIGHTBLOOD is the conclusion to this trilogy that I so hoped for and ended up being my favorite of the three books. This finale was everything I desired in the wrapping up of this narrative."

Ruby has faced a lot of changes in FROSTBLOOD and FIREBLOOD. She is now heir to the Fire Throne and lover of the Frost King Arcus, and the politics of the world are creating high stakes. Meanwhile, the god Eurus claims she is a Nightblood, and that he manipulated her mother since before Ruby was even born. Eurus is determined to release the Minax trapped in the Obscurum, and the only one who can do that is Ruby. While Ruby is forced to carry the Fire Minax around with her in order to keep it from harming others, its influence on her only grows and may affect her relationships with those she cares about.

NIGHTBLOOD is the conclusion to this trilogy that I so hoped for and ended up being my favorite of the three books. This finale was everything I desired in the wrapping up of this narrative. Ruby faced more danger and tension than any other point throughout the trilogy, and there was never a dull moment. Because FIREBLOOD left off right where NIGHTBLOOD begins, the flow between books is seamless. Ruby’s reunification with Arcus at the end of FIREBLOOD meant that she gets to spend the majority of NIGHTBLOOD with him to support her and vice versa. Kai was also present through much of the story, and there are prevailing tensions among the three. I enjoyed this piece of the plot even if I favored one over the other. Many additional reunifications like with Brother Thistle brought back the original relationships readers loved in FROSTBLOOD.

The plot of NIGHTBLOOD is fast-paced and highlights the blending of the relationships Ruby forms in the first two books. Ruby's two worlds, the frostbloods and firebloods, are forced together, and they finally begin making progress in unifying with Ruby’s help. Because of the pacing and investment I felt for this story by the time I arrived at book three, I simply did not want to stop reading it. Even in a quickly changing fantasy world, I never felt overwhelmed, and I only wanted to learn what would happen next. The nature of the plot meant much traveling for Arcus, Ruby and Kai, and I am glad that all of the world building of the first two books paid off with an even greater adventure through this world.

Another notable aspect of these books is that they increase in quality as they progress. Each novel is better and more enticing than the last. Elly Blake did not hold back on heartbreak, destruction and danger. Ruby and her crew were never truly safe, making their journey all the more enthralling. I highly recommend this trilogy to fantasy readers as well as those who may be intimidated by fantasy. FROSTBLOOD is by no means an unwelcoming introduction to the young adult fantasy genre.

Reviewed by Grace P., Teen Board Member on September 20, 2018

Nightblood
by Elly Blake

  • Publication Date: August 21, 2018
  • Genres: Fantasy, Fiction, Young Adult 13+
  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
  • ISBN-10: 0316273341
  • ISBN-13: 9780316273343