Ice Like FIre by Sara Raasch
Also by this author: Snow Like Ashes
Series: Snow Like Ashes
Also in this series: Snow Like Ashes
Published by Balzer + Bray
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Read in: November 2015
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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 sees this find as an opportunity—with this much magic, the world can finally stand against threats like Angra. But Meira fears the danger the chasm poses—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 Januari—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 weaves 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.
I liked the setting of this world in the first book and I did like Meira and Mather in the first book. I feel that those two things are the only thing that I continued to like in this book.
This book was overly political!!! It went so overboard with these aspects of the book that the entire book was an exercise in trying to not fall asleep while reading it. It took me 3 weeks and many naps to finish this book. I’m not trying to be dramatic I’m just trying to tell the truth. I work a demanding job and so the few hours in a week that I find time to read I want them to be spent in a world I can’t get enough of. I was so tempted to stop reading this book so many times, so many chapters and pages full of worthless information. I pushed on because I wanted to see what would happen and I was reading mostly for the Mather chapters.
I said it in my review of the first book and I will say it again. I didn’t like the addition of Theron in the first book and I certainly don’t like his character in this book. I felt he was there just to be there and push Meira into bad choices, choices that were not right for Winter or for Meira. I basically want someone to kill him in this book to put me out of my misery of him. On the other than there is still Mather, who I highly enjoy. His character was one of the only reasons I kept reading this book. If there were not many chapters told from his POV I would have stopped without finishing this book. I really am in it for Mather’s true worth and his feelings for the queen, even if she is being stubborn.
Overall, I could rant for days on this book and what a pointless waste of good paper it is other than the last 100-150 pages of this 500 page brick. The last 100ish pages were entirely worth reading and you should honestly only read the Mather chapters and the last 150 pages of this book. Honestly you wouldn’t be missing out on much other than political drama and worthless Theron and worthless actions of a weak Meira. Since I fought myself to finish this book I think I will read the last book because that is why I pushed through this mess to begin with.