Zara knows that the only way she can stop the guards from coming after her sick father is to keep a low profile. If she stays under the radar, he'll be safe and who knows, he might get well before anyone finds out about it. But when Zara Dane was publicly announced to be the future prince's bride, a title much coveted by every woman in the kingdom, any pretense of keeping to the shadows is lost. Thrown into court life and into the spotlight, the only way Zara can save her father now is to win the prince to her side... Or is it? As it turns out, a secret resistance is brewing in the castle grounds itself, and Zara might actually get somewhere if she ties herself up with them
Fireblood is a rather interesting hybrid of genres. It's historical fiction crossed with science fiction and dystopia and tied up rather hugely by a truckload of romance. I wasn't quite expecting romance to take up a lot of space for this one, to be frank, and it was really just so-so. All this jealousy was making things more dramatic than they seemed, and while I do appreciate some drama, Devlan's little snit fits were hardly what I had in mind. I like Devlan, I do, but when he forgets that his lady love is the prince's intended and does his little song and dance number with the green monster roaring its irrational head, no thanks. Zara, as the main voice of the novel, is easy to follow, but what I pretty much got from her was that she liked to be outdoors so that the prince could probably maul her less she was reminded of the freedom she wanted so much. She spends a LOT of time trying to figure out how to ride a horse, and then you couldn't practically separate her from it. I deduce that she spent about a third of her time throughout the novel on top of one.
Sebastian was, for lack of a better term, a bipolar maniac. One minute he's sweet to Zara because he claims to love her, and the next he's practically forcing himself on her because he's the prince and 'no' always means 'yes' when it comes to him. He reminded me quite a lot of Warren from the Shatter Me series, which coming from me, is not a compliment at all. His moods fluctuate depending on whether or not Zara returns his ardor. This is the guy who based his reason for choosing her was because she wasn't into him, so you can only imagine how that plays out.
What I actually do find more preposterous was Zara being almost unnaturally good with weapons just after a few practices. Oh, and that King Hart is apparently so obsessed with Camelot that he had his community built to imitate the medieval times. I don't know about you, but as much as I like historical fiction, I don't want to live in them. If a local government official told us that he/she was doing away with the present time and fashioning ye olden times once again, I probably would be in the first in line to immigrate to another country. And did I mention that King Hart had guards roaming around with walkie-talkies? It's kind of like living in Universal Studios where everyone's a cast member and everyone's in on it except no one wants to give up the whole thing. This king seriously took "Life imitating art" into a different level.
Overall, Fireblood isn't really something for everyone. I'm actually having a hard time rating this one as it wasn't so bad, but neither was it pretty good, so I'm settling for probably a 2.75. If you rarely read books and are interested in a historical fiction x dystopia hybrid with lots of romance, maybe you can find yourself enjoying this one.
Fireblood is expected to hit shelves around December 17, 2013.