Book Review: Fireblood (Fireblood #1)

Author: Trisha Wolfe

Genre: YA fantasy, science fiction
Published: December 17th 2013
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
Pages: 356
Source: Purchased Paperback
Available at: Amazon | Barnes and Noble

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 Rating of this Book – 4 out of 5 stars

My Review:

Compared to the rest of Trisha Wolfe’s fantasy worlds and Dystopia settings, I found Fireblood a little lacking and less believable than her other novels. For one, the setting and culture of the new world was too medieval. With the time span being so short between modern day, the 2016 war, and the Camelot Utopia, it’s hard to believe every aspect of today’s culture and slang would be completely erased from this futuristic society. Even from the few books Zara’s father had her read, she should have been familiar with the word “tomorrow,” despite whether or not modern speech was band in her era.

I also had a hard time wrapping my head around how fast Zara picked up sword fighting throughout the novel. Two weeks of night training and she was suddenly a natural? I wish that could be true, but I know it takes months, even years, for muscle memory to finally kick in.  I think it would have been more believable if maybe Zara had some previous training from her father, or if Zara had to still think through each step and remember each lesson while she battled the Force.

Otherwise, Fireblood was an amazing adventure! A little slow at first, but once you get more in depth with this society’s deceptions and King Hart’s tyranny, the story moves much more quickly. I also loved the characters. Zara wasn’t really as kick-ass as Trisha’s other characters. Her motivation to escape the castle even wavered from time to time. But in a way, I think that made her a bit more realistic, especially for a girl her age. I know I would have my doubts if I were in her place.

As for the boys, Devlan and Sebastian, I was for Devlan all the way since Sebastian’s true nature were pretty transparent to me, as were his motives. Though there were times Devlan frustrated the hell out of me too. *huffs* Men.

Overall, a great read! I would definitely recommend.

4 thoughts on “Book Review: Fireblood (Fireblood #1)

  1. NocturnalReader says:

    I’m planning to read this book too but I haven’t purchased it yet. Can’t find it in our local bookstore. I guess I have to order online.
    I didn’t know that this author also wrote Destiny’s fire. I read it a few years ago but I never able to finish it. I hope I will like this one though because I’ve been looking forward of reading this.

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    • Kelsey Ketch says:

      Yeah, places like Barnes and Noble can order it for you from their warehouses, but they don’t seem to be putting up stock on the shelves. Shame, really. I was hoping to actually see it on the shelves.
      Hope you enjoy!

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  2. The Cover Contessa says:

    Honestly I didn’t love this one. It was just ok for me. There were a few things lacking. I really enjoyed the novella, much more than this book. I am not sure why. And I guessed much of the plot, which annoyed me a bit.

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    • Kelsey Ketch says:

      I can total understand where you’re coming from since I could guess most of the plot of Fire & Flood by Victoria Scott, which I read just before this one. I have to read the Fireblood novella. 🙂

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