The idea of elemental magic comes from the ancient belief that all matter was composed of elements like earth, water, air, and fire. (And sometimes other elements like “aether” or “void.”) In Frostblood, the main elements are fire and frost (though frost, I grant you, is just a solid state of water—but let’s put that aside for the sake of fiction).
In the mythology of Frostblood, there are four wind gods, two of which decided with typical god-like capriciousness to create their own elemental people. Sud, the goddess of the south wind, created the first Fireblood by putting lava in the veins of a chieftain of the south. And Fors, god of the north wind, created the first Frostblood by putting ice in the veins of a leader of tribes from the north. The sibling rivalry among the twin gods, Fors and Sud, led to an ongoing rivalry and wars between their chosen people.
Since the powers were opposing and equally matched, there was never a permanent winner or a lasting truce between Frostbloods and Firebloods. Neither set of people is any more evil than the other, but power imbalances led to atrocities on both sides.
The story is set in Tempesia, a northern kingdom ruled by a Frostblood aristocracy. Not everyone in the world of FROSTBLOOD has elemental gifts, but people with them tended to rise into positions of power. The nobility in Tempesia is made almost exclusively of Frostbloods.
Frostbloods have the ability to create or manipulate frost, ice, sleet, and frigid winds (which sort of mixes in the air element). Their culture tends to prize qualities that are based on restraint, logic, and Vulcan-like control of emotion. They thrive in cold climates. They see themselves as organized, aristocratic, rigid, and pride themselves on cold reason.
You’ll find out more about Fireblood culture in the second book, FIREBLOOD, but basically Firebloods have power over flame, sparks, embers, and heat. They thrive in sunlight and warmth. They prize anything that flares and flows. Emotions are allowed, outbursts are expected, and passions are admired. The only similarity with Frostblood culture is that the structure is almost as rigid as in Tempesia. I guess even Firebloods need boundaries.
The problem is that not every Frostblood is good at controlling emotion, and not every Fireblood is comfortable allowing passion to rule. The characters in Frostblood will need to learn to accept parts of themselves they’ve been taught to hide or suppress, even though it has been dangerous not to do so in their pasts. Sometimes their interactions are instructive, sometimes explosive. Either way, it’s never dull when a Frostblood meets a Fireblood.
I hope you enjoy finding out more when you read the book!