by Elly Blake


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Nightblood 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
QueenAlchemy More than 1 year ago
This was a very satisfying conclusion to the Frostblood Saga! The ending really does the series justice. I had been highly anticipating this final book of this series since I finished Fireblood, and I am glad that it did not disappoint. While there weren't many new locations in the story from the first two books, the world building stayed the course. The reader definitely felt the cold in Tempesia, the ocean breeze on the ship, and the rocky cliff beneath their limbs on the island. The world building is very atmospheric. I very much like the addition of mythology in this world. The gods and goddesses are not based on any known mythology (at least not that I know of) and their stories help shape this world and the story as a whole. I was pleasantly surprised by the development of the plot. There were so many shocking plot twists that I definitely was not expecting, which made the reading experience that much better. I hate predictable stories unless they are done exceptionally well, but this book in anything but predictable. I liked many of the major plot points that are discovered by the end of the book. They were creative and flowed very well with the story. The foreshadowing throughout the series really pays off in this! Overall, I really liked the premise behind this book series as well. The characters in this series are a delight! Their personalities really shine through. I love how Ruby is a firecracker. Pun definitely intended. Arcus is protective and responsible and his love for Ruby radiates from him. I adore Kai's cocky attitude and his softer side that he only seems to have for Ruby. The chemistry between Arcus and Ruby is off the charts incredible! I adore this book couple like you wouldn't believe. I enjoyed the character arcs. Ruby struggling with the darkness inside of her. Arcus trying to manage his responsibilities and still be there for Ruby while she is struggling. And Arcus overcoming his fear of losing her. The characters had so much emotion and I enjoyed their journeys. The romance was pretty exciting, at least in the beginning. I loved seeing Kai and Arcus's jealousy toward each other over Ruby. I love how this was kind of a love triangle and wasn't at the same time. Both men loved Ruby, but she only had eyes for one of them and it was perfectly clear the whole time. She certainly had feelings for both men but was only in love with one of them. I liked the progression of this piece of the story. The only thing that I actually disliked about the book was the lack of finality regarding Kai and Ruby's friendship. In the epilogue, Ruby and Kai don't speak at all and I think that a few final words between them would have eased my heart. It is clear that they are still friends, but the final feeling is not satisfying. I needed a firm confirmation that they were going to remain close friends even across a distance. Overall, this book and this series as a whole was such a joy to read! Seriously. If you enjoy epic fantasy with witty dialogue, lovable characters, a vibrant world, and a compelling love story then don't hesitate to pick up this series! I can't wait to read what Elly Blake writes next!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Omg! Good lord all mighty! This book was so amazing. The characters are well developed and thier growth had a nice steady pace. These book is one of my favorites! I bought the hard covers, audible, nook and kindle. This was wonderfully written. Read it. Read it.
Shery Werbelo More than 1 year ago
This was a great conclusion to this series. We got to see what Ruby would do to not only get rid of the Minax and the east wind god but also what she is willing to sacrifice to save everyone. It was a fast paced read with some missing elements on characters and stories, but otherwise it was a great read!
onemused More than 1 year ago
"Nightblood" was a fantastic conclusion to a unique YA fantasy trilogy. This book picks up where the second one left off, and does not do much recap (so you may want to read them close in time). Here, Ruby, Arcus, and Kai are on their way back to the Frostblood kingdom to convince them of the threat of the Minax and Eurus. Ruby carries the Minax inside her and is constantly fighting to keep control and not allow it to corrupt her and those she loves. As the book progresses, we really witness how emotions can corrupt and change Ruby (through the Minax). The book is fast-paced and action-packed as they journey to figure out how to stop Eurus from releasing all of the Minax. The romance here is also pretty strong and focuses on how words can be so destructive (or constructive). I read this one quickly as it was hard to put down, and I felt that the immaturity Ruby had in previous books was gone and she is now very powerful in her own right. I could not imagine a better conclusion to this series, and I really think this book was perfect! Be prepared for a sleepless night as you'll be unable to stop reading this pulse-pounding conclusion to an amazing and unique YA fantasy trilogy!