Author: Trisha Wolfe
Series: Fireblood #1
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
Date: December 17, 2013
Source: For Review
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.
Fireblood has the usual elements of a good book: great characters, an interesting plot, and a love story. It’s hard to pin down exactly which element had me so interested in the book, but ultimately I think it comes down to a combination of all the factors plus the writing—at the end of the day, Trisha Wolfe is just a good story teller.
I found the world building to be quite interesting, especially when you find out about the rebellion. It’s not the first dystopian novel with an underground movement to return freedom to the citizens, but it did such a great job of making you sympathetic to Sebastian, the heir of the kingdom. By the end of course I really hated Sebastian, but I appreciated the balance between demonizing everyone in the current government and trying to find out if there were good people who could be swayed towards the rebel’s cause.
The story is actually wrapped up pretty well at the end, but there is definitely room for a sequel (and I really hope there is one). I would love to read more about Zara (our main character) and Devlan (my favorite rebel). I’m also mildly curious about how they’ll work out the remaining plot points, but mostly I’d like to revisit the characters and enjoy more of Wolfe’s writing.