27 September 2020 Saskatchewan, Canada

Firefrost (Flameskin Chronicles, #0) by Camille Longley

Author: Camille Longley
Source: NetGalley
Pages: 372
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Rating: 3/5
She’s a huntress: Sol d’Hillerod is sent on a desperate mission through a treacherous winter pass. She carries with her the only hope of her village’s survival, and she will do whatever she must to keep her world from burning. He’s a monster: Lieutenant Kelan Birke has spent his whole life fighting for his freedom and his soul. As his control slips, and the war rages on, he knows it won’t be long before he loses himself entirely to the fire that flows through his veins. Sol and Kelan are enemies in an age-old war, forced to depend on each other to survive a perilous journey through the mountains. As fire melts the ice in Sol’s heart, she questions everything she’s been taught to believe, and Kelan becomes more desperate to fight the flames that consume him. Together they discover that their struggle will have repercussions for both sides of this burning war.-Goodreads

Thanks to NetGalley and Books Go Social for giving me the chance to read and review this E-ARC. 

Firefrost is beautifully written by Camille Longley. The author's style of writing stood out as beautiful and flowed seamlessly with the book. It was easy to fall into the character's train of thought. I liked that this book is told from both Sol's and Kelan's point of view. I particularly adored Kelan's narration. 

Firefrost is an enemies to lovers story. I thought the romance was developed quite nicely in the novel. The romance did not occur too quickly or too slowly. Instead, I could clearly map out how their feelings evolved throughout the book. 

Sol was an interesting character. There were moments in Firefrost where I was annoyed with her reluctance to fall in love. She kept going back and forth with her feelings. However, with her backstory, it makes sense for her to act that way. 

I'm curious to see how Firefrost fits in with the events of the Flameskin Chronicles. This book, from my understanding, is a prequel to the main series which is coming out in November 2020. 

The idea of Flameskins is a unique addition to the fantasy genre. I like the idea of people being able to create fire from thin air, while fighting an inner demon from possession at the same time. Readers will find themselves rooting for Kelan as he fights for control of his soul throughout the novel.

My only critique of Firefrost, and the reason why I did not give it 4 stars, was that I thought the plot and the world-building could have been stronger. Firefrost is a story of survival and I felt this book was a bunch of mini-plots instead of a strong-overarching plot. There were moments where I was thinking: "This is the end" and then the characters would be going off in a different direction. Due to this, I felt the story drag on at times. 

I don't want to be too harsh with my review because this is a prequel. My judgment is based on reading Firefrost as a standalone (since I haven't yet read Flameskin). It would be interesting to reread this book after the rest of the Flameskin Chronicles come out. 

Overall, this book is perfect for fans of enemies to lovers. I recommend checking Firefrost when it comes out on September 21, 2020. Flameskin will be released in November 2020.

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