A very satisfying conclusion.
This was a very satisfying conclusion to the Frostblood Saga! The ending really does the series justice.
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.
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.
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!