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!
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.*