Monday, November 18, 2013

Review: Fireblood by Trisha Wolfe

Title: Fireblood
Author: Trisha Wolfe
Series: Book One in the Fireblood Series
Published By: Spencer Hill Press (November 26, 2013)
Source: ARC Copy Provided by the Publisher (in exchange for an honest review)
Genre: YA Fantasy
My Rating: 4.5 Stars!

Book Description:
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 and Review:
Once upon a time I use to be able to say that fantasy just wasn't a genre for me but with reading quite a few exceptional books in the genre this past year, I can no longer proclaim that it isn't for me. In fact Fireblood is one of those books that is so well written, so well done, and with characters that I could  associated with and like immediately that I would go as far as to say that I just so happen to be in love with the genre now.

Zara, Devlan and Sebastian are intriguing characters. All products born of their circumstances and station in life. Three people that couldn't be more different yet so similar. Three people that are brought together and will never be the same because of it.

I feel a little overwhelmed because I don't even know where to begin to tell you how much I enjoyed and loved this. Way more than I ever expected I would. Even though this is a fantasy read I had absolutely no problem getting into the storyline and the world that Wolfe created. It was so well written and manged. I never felt overwhelmed with too much information or frustrated with too little. 

The romance was...wonderful. Slowly drawn into the story and although not unexpected, completely believable. I love that the world was based on Camelot from years before while the Outside (the real world) was a disaster and very much a dystopain world. The Taken, The Outside, The Virus, all so well done and explained. I truly got completely caught up in the story and devoured this. 

I loved Zara and the tough fierce but still caring girl that she grew into. I am always all about the growth and Zara's character was full of it. 

I am really looking forward to the next installment to see where Wolfe takes it from here. This had everything that I love in a good YA read, romance, adventure, a tough heroine, a swoon worthy hero and of course a great villain that you love to hate.

*All thoughts and opinions are my own and were not influenced by the author or publisher. I was not compensated for this review.*


  1. Oh, wow, the worldbuilding seems to be pretty impressive, and so does the romance. Sooner or later, fantasy gets to us all.
    Sounds great, Ali!

  2. I still haven't had a chance to read anything by this author. Sadly. This one sounds like a great read and I love the sound of worldbuilding. Great review, Ali :)

  3. Thanks girls! This one was fabulous! I hope you both are bale to try it. :)

  4. "Once upon a time I use to be able to say that fantasy just wasn't a genre for me but with reading quite a few exceptional books in the genre this past year, I can no longer proclaim that it isn't for me."

    THIS!!!! I feel the exact same way Ali! I've just fallen in love with too many fantasy novels lately to claim it's not a go-to genre for me. It's rapidly becoming a favorite. I definitely need to give this one a try, you said the magic words "romance" and "character growth", which of course means this needs to be in my hands asap:)

  5. Yay I am so glad this genre has worked it's way into your heart as well Jenny. I think you will really like this one.

  6. This looks like something I might like - I wasn't the biggest fan of fantasy until this summer when I read Marchetta's books about Finnikin.

    Great review.

  7. I am so glad that you like this one. It's been a while since I read fantasy. I has I has, I need to read Fireblood! Great review hon :D the world sounds wonderful!

  8. The world building sounds amazing and your review made me drool. Spencer Hill is knocking out the hits this year. I love that the romance was slow building and believable. So glad you loved this:)

  9. I agree Kim, they really are coming out with some great new books, series and authors!


  10. Awesome review. I am starting this one soon. Fantasy has never been on the top of my list of favorite genres either, but Trisha just writes so well, and I haven't read anything by her that I didn't love. She does an amazing job and I can't wait to read this.

  11. I know you will love this then Ellen if you are already a fan of the author.

  12. I have been very curious about this cause I LOVE YA fantasy! And your review just has me more excited to read it!

  13. I thought of you when I read this one Candace because I just know you will love it!

  14. Honestly, I haven't heard much about this, but your review alone makes me very curious. I'm a big fan of fantasy (especially at the moment!) and think this sounds exactly like the sort of book that I'd usually enjoy. I'm so glad you were impressed, Ali. Brilliant review! :)

  15. I adore fantasy, and this one sounds amazing! I'm so glad to hear there is a good romance in this one too. This is definitely going straight into my TBR pile. Thanks for your lovely review!