I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Ice Like Fire by Sara Raasch
Series: Snow Like Ashes #2
Published by HarperCollins on 2015-10-13
Genres: fantasy, Fantasy & Magic, Romance, Young Adult
Source: the Publisher
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It's been three months since the Winterians were freed and Spring's king, Angra, disappeared—thanks largely to the help of Cordell.
Meira just wants her people to be safe. When Cordellan debt forces the Winterians to dig their mines for payment, they unearth something powerful and possibly dangerous: Primoria's lost chasm of magic. Theron is hopeful and excited—with this much magic, the world can finally stand against threats like Angra. But Meira knows that the last time the world had access to so much magic, it spawned the Decay. So when the king of Cordell orders the two on a mission across the kingdoms of Primoria to discover the chasm's secrets, Meira plans to use the trip to garner support to keep the chasm shut and Winter safe—even if it means clashing with Theron. But can she do so without endangering the people she loves?
Mather just wants to be free. The horrors inflicted on the Winterians hang fresh and raw in Jannuari—leaving Winter vulnerable to Cordell's growing oppression. When Meira leaves to search for allies, he decides to take Winter's security into his own hands. Can he rebuild his broken kingdom and protect them from new threats?
As the web of power and deception is woven tighter, Theron fights for magic, Mather fights for freedom—and Meira starts to wonder if she should be fighting not just for Winter but for the world.
My overall impressions of this book right after finishing it are that it took a long time to get where it was going and that it suffered a bit from middle-book syndrome. So much of what was going on in this book felt like filler to me. It was repetitive and meandering and I was overall disappointed with it after loving Snow Like Ashes so much. But in the end, I still enjoyed getting to see the characters more and traveling around the different kingdoms and am still looking forward to the final book in the series.
My biggest problem with this was just that so much of what was going on was the characters whining about their positions. Over and over again. Mostly it was Meira talking about how she was queen now and had to make decisions as a queen and couldn’t be the old Meira who was rash and excitable. She had to be calm for her people. Over and over and over she complained about this. And it drove me crazy. Because yes! You do need to act like a queen now. You can just be temperamental and whiny. Even though we all know you’re going to be anyway. But you should act like a queen and make decisions based on being a queen and for the good of your people. It’s not just about you and your love triangle that matters now. And I just wish she had realized that she could be Queen Meira earlier and not made me listen to her complaining about it over and over again. At least, in the same way. If you want to develop your arguments along the way, that would be great too. But really, just stop.
Also, and this is sort of a carry over from Snow Like Ashes, but everything is just so complicated. The world and all the kingdoms and the seasons and the rhythms and the conduits and rulers and magic and the chasm. There’s so much to remember about the world the author created. And on the one hand, that’s great. It’s complex and detailed and all great. But it’s just a lot to remember, especially when traveling to some of the kingdoms. I think we’ve still only seem about half of them. And we’ve been to four or five. Some are allied with some but not others and there’s some sort of reason that rhythms and seasons don’t usually ally but I can’t remember what that is. And the conduits and all of the rules that go along with them and their magic. I just don’t have a good enough memory to keep everything straight. I sometimes just wish the world could be smaller and maybe we could get to know it all a little better than having it be as large as it is. But that’s probably just me.
I did really end up liking Mather in this one and how he seemed determined to accept his new role but still fight for his kingdom and the new characters we got to meet. We travel around the world a little bit and it was interesting to see the different kingdoms and what was important to them. The action scenes were just as great in this one as in the previous one, so I was happy about that. I’m hoping for a bunch of them in the finale! And really, even though this one was a bit longer and less focused than I would have liked, I still enjoyed it in the end. I love fantasy series with strong female leads and I really hope the final book will deliver an amazing Meira for us. She’s definitely grown since the beginning of the series and while she took a little longer to develop in this one than I would have liked, I’m glad where she was at the end. I’m also glad I don’t have to wait much longer for the final book! So if you’re looking for a fantasy series to binge read this fall, check this one out! Frost Like Night comes out September 20!!