Series: Fireblood, #1
Author: Trisha Wolfe
Category: Science-Fiction/ Romance/ Dystopian
Genre: Young Adult
Rating: 3.5/4 stars out of 5
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.
*Book received from NetGalley*
It took me awhile to get into this one. And I was very excited about it; however, when picked it up I just couldn't get into it at first. I believe it was because I was reading so many fantasy books back to back at that time. So I put Fireblood down, and waited until I was ready to pick it up again. And I’m glad I finally picked it back up.
First of all, I really enjoyed the idea of this book. It had a unique spin on it, a weird dystopian world forced to be stuck in the era like Camelot. A dystopian world with a King, and Knights of the Round Table. It was also interesting how Wolfe combined this age with that of a more modern advanced world. I liked how she combined the two; it made for a fascinating read.
The depth of his pale blue eyes holds me captive. I see fear in them, but I also see strength, honor. His gaze is heated and steady, and something inside of me wavers.
The characters were also very interesting. Though, at times, I found there emotions to be all over the place. I did enjoy the characters’ transitions throughout the story. Zara, the main gal, is definitely the strong type of heroines I enjoy reading about. And though her situation is a pretty dire one, I found she had a good head on her shoulders, a very stubborn personality, and a good heart. However, I felt like I was only getting glimpses of her true personality. I felt there could have been so much more to this character, emotional wise.
Devlan, well, I have mixed emotions about him. I enjoyed his character just as much as I enjoyed Zara’s, I just felt like he had some serious mood swings. And that made me a bit frustrated at times. However, as I got deeper into the story, I really started to understand him, and that made me enjoy him even more. Again, like Zara, I felt there could have been so much more to his character and to his emotional depth.
Then we have the Prince Sebastian, who plays a pretty big role. I’m gonna be honest, it was hard to get a good grasp on his character. I found that kind of fun while I was reading! Going back and forth; is he good, is he evil? I also enjoyed the side characters, and they each brought a nice factor into the story and more depth to it.
"Fireblood." My brow shoots up. "That's a fierce name. What does it mean" He looks down and extends his hand to me. "Exactly what it implies; she has fire in her blood."
This world that Wolfe created is very dark in its own way. I really loved the concept and all the elements she added. The virus, the way the world is inside the dome and outside of it. I only wish I had more knowledge as to what happened and how did it happen. But again, I like the mystery of not knowing.
The only thing that I found to be something I didn’t thoroughly enjoy was the development and pacing of the story. It was just rushed. Now, not everything felt too rushed, but a lot of the main factors did. The romance between Delvan and Zara being one, and then the development of Zara’s role with the rebels being another. I definitely enjoyed this story, but I just wasn’t that blown away by it. I am glad that I gave it a chance!
I definitely recommend this one to those who are curious about Fireblood, or have read the novella of this series! It’s a book that you just have to give a try, you never know, you might just end up loving it.