Review Briefs: Fireblood and The Bitter Kingdom

Fireblood (Fireblood, #1)Fireblood
Fireblood #1
by Trisha Wolfe
YA Fantasy/Dystopian
December 17th 2013 by Spencer Hill Press

Goodreads Summary

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.


My Thoughts

I was super excited to be approved for Fireblood because the summary reminded me a little of Throne of Glass and Graceling, which I both loved. However, it turned out to be a very different sort of book.

It was an interesting setting and I liked the characters, but I didn't love them. There were also a few things that didn't work for me and some parts that dragged. I also thought that Zara was really naive. I got frustrated that she trusted someone who she had already seen didn't really care and was all about control. Then there was also sexual content and some rather gory violence, which I also didn't appreciate.

Overall, just a mediocre read for me.

Content: Sexual content and quite a bit of violence.
Source: From NetGalley, which did not affect my review in any way.

The Bitter Kingdom (Fire and Thorns, #3)The Bitter Kingdom
(Fire and Thorns #3)
by Rae Carson
YA Fantasy
August 27th 2013 by Greenwillow Books

Goodreads Summary

The epic conclusion to Rae Carson's Fire and Thorns trilogy. The seventeen-year-old sorcerer-queen will travel into the unknown realm of the enemy to win back her true love, save her country, and uncover the final secrets of her destiny.

Elisa is a fugitive in her own country. Her enemies have stolen the man she loves in order to lure her to the gate of darkness. As she and her daring companions take one last quest into unknown enemy territory to save Hector, Elisa will face hardships she's never imagined. And she will discover secrets about herself and her world that could change the course of history. She must rise up as champion-a champion to those who have hated her most.


My Thoughts

This was by far the best book of this series! Elisa, finally, is confident in herself and what she is doing. Regardless, she continues to learn more skills and work on what she knows. I loved the drive the story had as Elisa races to save Hector and her people. Elisa and Hector are both amazing! The story was amazing! The ending was fabulous. There were some twists that I didn't quite see coming and there were so many things that could have gone wrong. The author did a fabulous job of tying everything together and building these characters over all three books. It's amazing how much Elisa grew and changed to become who she was meant to be, or, a more accurate description might be, who she wanted to be.

Highly recommend for fantasy fans who don't mind the content.

Content: Some innuendo, violence, non-descriptive sex.
Source: Library

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