Friday, 6 December 2013

Book Review: Fireblood by Trisha Wolfe

Series: Fireblood #1
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
Publication Date: 17 December 2013
Genre: Fantasy, YA, Paranormal
Source: NetGalley / Publisher (In exchange for an honest Review)

Goodreads Synopsis:
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 Review:
I had been eyeing this book for a while on NetGalley and I decided to read this book based on some good feedback I read from some fellow blogging friends. I enjoyed the first half of the book, but I fell in love with the story in the second half of the book. 

Characters: 3.5/5
Trisha definitely creates some interesting and balanced characters.

Zara - I love this name. Zara is stubborn yet knows when to follow through and put her pride aside. She is likable, smart and clever. I was torn between rooting for her to be with Devlan as he is such an awesome character, and digging out the goodness in Sebastian, helping him to be a better person. In the end I do think she made the right decisions, and I really love her in the second half of the book. 

Devlan - What a mysterious and intriguing character! Most of the time, in the first half of the book, you wonder if he has feelings for Zara. You love him even more as his story unfolds. Devlan was my favourite character. #TeamDevlan 

Sebastian - Sebastian is a complicated character. First you like him, then you don't. I was rooting for him to turn good, as he is on the border line through most of the book. I can't really say more without it being a spoiler. He definitely brings a lot to the story and makes it interesting, as you really don't know what he will do next.  

Plot, Pace, Writing style: 3.5/5 
The plot - many things that keep you wondering, and in the second half of the book, enough twists to keep you glued to the book. The first half of the book was good at setting up the story. In the second half things speed up and get interesting. The last third of the book is just captivating - filled with twists u don't see coming! Trisha keeps a moderate pace and has a great writing style that suits the story - a mixture between the old and new world. The world building was great and definitely paints a picture of a different time and place. 

Cover - 5/5: I loved it. It sets the feel for the book perfectly. 

My Rating:

Books in the series:

Favourite Quotes
All the signs were before me. I only chose go see what I wanted.
Breaking away, he presses his forehead to mine, and says against my lips, "I'll always come for you."

Author Bio: (Taken from Trisha's website)
I’m the author of the YA Steampunk DESTINY'S FIRE (Omnific Publishing), ASTARTE'S WRATH NA Historical/Supernatural, and the upcoming YA Utopian FIREBLOOD from Spencer Hill Press, October 2013. My NA Dark Fantasy OF SILVER AND BEASTS available May 2013.

I’m the creator of YA Bound, a promotional site for the Young Adult genre. Also a member of SCWW and The Apocalypsies.

A proud business owner, I'm partnered with my partner, my husband. When I’m not busy doing all of the above, I’m a wife and the mother of a gorgeous teen boy who's the sounding board for my male characters.

Author Links: Goodreads l Twitter l Facebook l Blog




  1. I love when I fall more and more in love with a book as I read it. I am glad to hear that you enjoyed the book!

    1. Thank you Pamela :) Yes it is awesome when a book creeps into your heart before you even realise it!

  2. Looks interesting. I suppose one of the hooks is bad guy makes good...or does he? Often the characters in these kind of stories you hope will stay on the side of good. Sometimes, they have to stray to keep things going. Nicely done as always Chene!

    1. Exactly! 'Bad' Guys are just as important and even more lovable when there is a string of goodness and hope involved :)

  3. EEE, so excited. I am happy this turned out so well. The characters sound great but I am excited for the awesome sounding second half.

    1. I thought you would have read this one by now! I hope you enjoy it too :)

  4. This sounds like a great escape. So glad you enjoyed it and thanks for sharing a great review. Off to add it to my list. :)

  5. Wonderful review, I am glad that the book picked up for the second half once the world was established, I will be anxious to see how you feel about book two.

    1. Me too. I am not if the other title is a prequel or not. On some places it is listed as #0.5 and others #1.5. So we will see :)


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