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Fireblood (Fireblood #1)

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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 s
Paperback, 356 pages
Published December 17th 2013 by Spencer Hill Press
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Khanh (the Grinch)
THE WORLD HAS BEEN DECIMATED BY A VIRUS. PEOPLE ARE TURNED INTO CANNIBALS. Survival? Fuck that shit. Let's make a new society based on King Arthur's Camelot, build ourselves a fucking castle, establish the Knights of the Round Table, and have rousing jousting tournaments!!!!!

I've heard of some comparisons between this book and The Selection. No. It is nothing like it. There was a process in The Selection. There was competition in The Selection. There is nothing competition-like involved in this
Dec 15, 2013 Deniz rated it liked it
Shelves: dystopia, young-adult

OHHHH this took me on an serious emo journey!

First I was ... (so melodramatic.)

Then I kinda got into it...

But then... (love triangle alert!)

still I was all

over this

and then...(suspense)

and even.. (twists)

then.. (woot woot!)

and at the end...

to see full review visit Closet Geeks and Slow Mo
ARC was provided by Publishers through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review
Rebecca ♥ Matrim, Kishan, Magnus ♥
A video version of this review also appears at: A Match Made in Heaven

This book really grabbed me by the heart and would not let me go. Although I have one major issue with it which is the cause of the 4 stars, and I will get to that later. I was tempted to even move it down to a 3.5 because it was kind of a major issue. But I really enjoyed the story so I couldn't.

First off, the story was totally captivating and I just could not put this book down. I read way past my bedtime. For the first par
Wendy Higgins
EEEP! So honored to blurb this excellent book! You guys are going to seriously love it. It's got action and history and a sizzling romance. Trisha is a fabulous writer. :-)
Victoria Scott
Aug 31, 2012 Victoria Scott rated it it was amazing
Review to come, but suffice it to say..."Damn, son!" :)
'Just over four weeks ago, Prince Sebastian announced his intention to find a maiden to wed. As he's only nineteen, all assumed this was a move toward him taking the throne. A wife would mature him in the eyes of Karm.

The news had spread through the realm like wildfire. Or, how I imagine a wildfire would spread and consume if it were allowed. Every girl of age had gone into a frenzy. Hadley had talked about it nearly every day.

Not me. I watched my father wither.

The force field may imprison Karm,
Kirsty (Amethyst Bookwyrm)
This and my other reviews can be found at

Thanks to Netgalley and Spencer Hill Press for giving me this book to review.

The land has been destroyed and is filled with monsters, and Karm is the only safe place as it is protected by a barrier, and the king has ruled that it should be inspired on the medieval world of Camelot. Zara Dane has been hiding the fact that her father has The Virus, an illness which kills everyone in Karm, when she is chosen by Prince
Rashika (is tired)
* This review has also been posted on The Social Potato

Warning: Rant Ahead

I believe this is my second DNF review. I really tried to give this book a chance instead of just bailing out but by the time I got to 36% nothing seemed to be working for me. I did not like this book. In fact I made more notes in the 36% I had read than I usually do for an entire book.

Right off the bat the setting is one of my biggest issues. I don’t know much about Camelot and while I really like King Arthur’s legend,
Dec 12, 2013 Anne rated it really liked it
3.5 stars
This review can also be seen at

Fireblood was interesting in the way it blended fantasy and dystopian together into one big pot. Fantopian?
Sorry, just thinking out loud.

At first it seemed like a retelling of the King Arthur story, because it looked like their might be some sort of Arthurian love triangle going on between the characters. And there kinda was. But not really. Besides, since the world itself was created by the king to mirror Avalon, y
Nov 26, 2013 Marie rated it it was ok
No matter how hard I tried I just couldn't get into this. It first off reminded me of a really bad version of The Selection. Then after that it just didn't hold my attention at all. Not even the twist at the end impressed me.
The heroin- Zara, seriously got on my nerves. Devlan pissed me off and Sebastian was just all over the place.

Their personalities were not well developed at all. A lot more consideration was needed for the characters. Not just to make them each unique but in order for reade
Lauren Hammond
Sep 14, 2012 Lauren Hammond rated it it was amazing
Such an epic, epic read!

It takes a true literary genius to come up with and build a world like Karm. A world that's terrifying yet enchanting at the same time.

Fireblood is one of those books that leaves you breathless and keeps you thinking about the characters long after you've put the book down.

Zara is sassy, smart, and not afraid to kick some butt! Add in a gorgeous knight, a handsome prince, some major swoon-worthy moments, then mix that all together in a realm of cruelty, and intrigue wher
3.5 stars. Fireblood is a fantasy set inside a future dystopia. Normally I would say this doesn't work, but I actually think this author pulls it off. Basically there was a nuclear war and the unaffected survivors have lived in a city protected by a domed barricade for several generations. The king decided to base the society on Camelot, but and has also taken most of their freedoms away. With the exception of communicators, view screens and the barrier the people are not exposed to technology. ...more
Zachary Flye
Nov 17, 2013 Zachary Flye rated it it was amazing
Actual Rating 4.5 stars

Originally posted on my blog, Zach's YA Reviews (


Protagonist: Going into this book I had entirely different expectations of Zara's character than what I saw while reading her story. After reading Unveiled, the sort-of midquel novella for this story, I had expected Zara to be a complacent and willing fiancee to Prince Sebastian, however she was stuck in an undesirable situation and does everything she can to change her destiny. I loved Zara's stron
May 06, 2013 Pavan rated it it was amazing
Ok if you haven't gotten this book on your TBR list, WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?!!!

From my fangirly mini reviews on goodreads you can see that I absolutely adore Trisha Wolfe's books (and Trisha)!! And I have good reason!

Fireblood has to be one of my favourites of 2013! It's got EVERYTHING!! This is a futuristic/dystopian book with a Camelot feel as Jamie (Two Chicks on Books) has said here:

There is action, there is drama and the romance is off the c
Dec 05, 2013 Chené rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley, fantasy
Rating: 3.5/5 stars
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 wa
Dec 19, 2013 Stacey rated it did not like it
Shelves: unfinished
I could not get through this book.

Firstly, the strange premise and world-building put me off. I love reading medieval fantasies, and I enjoy Arthurian tales, but I really dislike Big Brother stories. And to mix them both together in some confusing dystopian novel just seemed odd. The juxtaposition of knights and mass media just didn't sit well.

The characters were a two-dimensional and stereotypical. The main character was melodramatic and silly. I could not like or sympathize with her.

Michelle Pickett
Jun 24, 2014 Michelle Pickett rated it it was amazing
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: You can’t go wrong with Trisha Wolfe. She a word master, weaving them together until they melt and mold into something truly beautiful.

Karm was an exceptional dystopian world built on the idea of Camelot. Wolfe did an outstanding job of drawing me into it and showing me around. I felt the atmosphere, heard the sounds, smelled the smells. I felt as though I was there with the people.

Characters were outstanding as always. Zara was kick-ass. Trisha isn’t
Bekah AwesomeBookNut
Sep 21, 2014 Bekah AwesomeBookNut rated it really liked it
This was yet another book that surprised me. I ended up really liking this book. I enjoyed that it was a dystopian story where the "King" chose a time period to imitate and he chose the time period you see in the cover. What is interesting about this story is they actually LIVE like this no guns nothing and you don't realize that it's an advanced world until you realize that there are big screens and cameras and transmitting and all that. It was so interesting!

I loved the fact that Zara has no
Brandi Kosiner (Brandi Breathes Books)
Trisha has done it again. Kick ass characters, swoon worthy romance, and an intricate plot with side characters that are fully fleshed out.
I loved the setting of this one. It is unlike anything I have read really. It is set in the future, a dystopian society that is based on Camelot, with knights, dresses, older speech patterns, tournaments and the like. Zara is the main character and she is chosen to be the new princess, but she wants no part, because although the society is "peaceful", the
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
Once upon a time I use to be able to say that fantasy just wasn't a genre for me but with reading quite a few exceptional books in the genre this past year, I can no longer proclaim that it isn't for me. In fact Fireblood is one of those books that is so well written, so well done, and with characters that I could associated with and like immediately that I would go as far as to say that I just so happen to be in love with the genre now.

Zara, Devlan and Sebastian are intriguing characters. All p
Cassie C
Jan 02, 2014 Cassie C rated it liked it
Shelves: disappointing
Actual rating 2.5 stars

I rounded up to be nice, but honestly this book was just not my cup of tea. The premise sounded amazing, and as I was reading, I kept thinking how much potential this novel had, but it just wasn't executed properly. It took me a bit to figure out that this was actually a dystopian novel, and not a medieval novel (like I originally thought), but there were times when the writing was awkward or odd. As a result, I had to re-read sentences a couple of times before I finally u
Nov 12, 2013 Farrah rated it it was amazing
Absolutely lovely! Fireblood was yet another amazing book from the fabulous Trisha Wolfe. This book has thrills, secrets, betrayals, and, of course, romance. It was totally amazing and I loved it!

Zara was a great heroine. Let me first say, though, that I loved her name. Partly because one of my friends also has that name and partly because I've just always liked it. But, let's talk about the actual character. She was wonderful. She was very strong and clever and always did what she thought was r
Dec 19, 2013 Melanie rated it really liked it
Shelves: rd-2013, read-in-2013
review posted here...
Fireblood is the first book in a new series of the same name, it’s dystopian/fantasy and I was very impressed with this introduction to the world of Karm….
Following an apocalyptic, ending of the world as we know it, the world has changed and filled with mutated monsters, viruses and destitution, so a man built a kingdom in which to rule under the guise of safety & protection but he ruled as a tyrant, taking away peoples’ rights
Like my sister I really disliked the ending. What got me more was a certain lack of grace to the writing. The beginning felt rigid and overly short for the amount of emotion it was trying to convey. The ending fell flat as well since I honestly did not care about the truth of the world.


I didn't realize until about halfway through the book that this is not only the author of a short story I didn't enjoy that greatly (Unveiled), but also that the short story tied into this series.

Well color me
Brooke (The Cover Contessa)
I want to thank Spencer Hill Press, Patchwork Press and Net Galley for providing me with an eARC of this book to read and give an honest review. Receiving this book for free has in no way influenced my opinion or review.

Blurb from Goodreads:
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 fi
Kathy Martin
Nov 30, 2013 Kathy Martin rated it it was ok
FIREBLOOD seemed to me to be a book that was trying to do too much, trying to fit in too many of the popular tropes. It was post-apocalyptic since it took place after a war that devastated the Earth. It was dystopia because the enclosed world where all the remaining humans lived was ruled by a despot. There was an attempt at the requisite YA love triangle. And there was the sort of intrepid heroine who came off to me as wishy-washy.

For some unknown reason, Prince Sebastian decides to make Zara D
Lynsey   • The Demon Librarian
Nov 28, 2013 Lynsey • The Demon Librarian rated it really liked it
Great YA Fantasy!

What a positively fascinating and original setting for a Fantasy novel! You many be forgiven for thinking this book has a historical, medieval-type setting. But, alas, you would be wrong. Well, at least, you'd only be half right. You see, it's actually futuristic! Set in a dystopian society in the not-too-distant future, held captive under a forcefield dome thingy in some re-imagined version of King Author's Camelot! Now if that's not original, I don't know what is. The only dif
Shelley aka Gizmo's Reviews
*Genre* Fantasy, Dystopia
*Rating* 4.0

*First Thoughts*

Fireblood is the first novel in a new series by Trisha Wolfe. Wolfe creates an interesting world that is apparently caught somewhere between Camelot and a dystopian society. Fireblood is set in the Kingdom of Karm which was created to protect people from the Outside. The Outside is a vast wasteland thanks to the nuclear fallout of the Final War that started in 2016. Karm is ruled by an egotistical madman who truly believes that the people shou
Nemo (Young Adult At Heart)
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Feb 22, 2014 Irini rated it it was amazing

“She has fire in her blood. She’s clever and fearless, burns with determination.And she’s stubborn as hell.”

Ολοι λίγο πολύ γνωρίζουμε την ιστορία του βασιλιά Αρθούρου και της γυναίκας του,της βασίλισας Γουίνεβιρ.Οταν ο Αρθούρος ανακάλυψε την παράνομη σχεση της με τον αρχηγό των ιπποτών,τον Λάνσελοτ,ο τελευταίος πρόλαβε να το σκάσει αλλά η Γουίνεβιρ καταδικάστηκε να καεί στη πυρά..Ο Λάνσελοτ επέστρεψε και κατάφερε να την σώσει αλλά η προδωσία αυτή σηματοδότησε την πτώση του βασιλείου του Αρθούρου
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From an early age, Trisha Wolfe dreamed up fantasy worlds and characters and was accused of talking to herself. Today, she lives in South Carolina with her family and writes full time, using her fantasy worlds as an excuse to continue talking to herself.

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“You know, Sir Devlan. Many women might find the quiet type endearing," I say. "I admit, a man of few words has an attractive quality." His head turns toward me. "But seeing how you're one of the few people I have to converse with, your lack of conversational skills can be obnoxious.” 5 likes
“She lifts the white gown. "The prince loves white." Her fingers caress the satin. "He had your betrothal gown made just for you."

(...) Anger boils under my skin. "Then he can wear it," I snap.”
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