Game of Thrones meets Graceling in this thrilling fantasy filled with shocking twists and heart-pounding action, the highly anticipated sequel to Snow Like Ashes.
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 on using 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.
©2015 Sara Raasch (P)2015 HarperCollins Publishers
each book gets better the story more exciting. ready to start book 3. the narrator's are very good and helping you to believe and who the characters are
If you are someone who likes young adult books, adventure, and magic, then you will like this series. The only downfall is that you are waiting for the sequel!
The main character who was so bold and powerful in the first book has been utterly destroyed by her own author in this disappointing continuation. All the traits and personalities that gave this story it's tantalizingly adventurous, page turning allure and depth were betrayed and lay waste. The characters, particularly the main characters have suddenly become weak, indecisive, and ineffective throughout. None of them can make even the simplest decisions. Meira doesn't pursue the largest clue let alone the smallest, even though she is on the most important mission of her life. She take NO precautions, NO protection, and has NO proactive actions for what is happening to herself and her people all around her. In the end she walks into a battle with her very small band of allies and let's them be picked off while she just stands there, without even attempting to use her powerful magic or even her fists. Almost the entirety of this book is her own mental ramblings which lead her no where and lend no advise or problem solving at all. Frustrating, since you expect her to at least be some part of that strong, wanna be proven, warrior from the first book. ! I think this story should have been either thought out better or concluded in this book, saving this author from character suicide. Just a thought, Ms. Raasch, if Meira doesn't win any of the battles during the whole book, she starts looking too pathetic and it's not an enjoyable story! On a positive note, the narration was excellent!!! I wish I could give separate feed back on that. I'm sure some of the bad decisions made by the characters must have been difficult to read. I know I sat here reading this book frowning and cringing the entire time so hats off to them both.
I absolutely loved Ice Like Fire. It was even better than Snow Like Ashes. It had just the right mixture of mystery, action, and emotion. I love the world, and the characters Sara Raash has created. She is a very talented writer, especially for one so young. I really enjoyed Mather's point of view, and the duel narrators. The only downside to the book is that it ends in a cliffhanger, and the last in the trilogy Frost Like Night won't be out until fall of 2016. It's definitely worth a credit though.
I really enjoyed the narrators, and enjoyed having a different voice for girls vs boys. I loved that Sarah Raasch gave Mather a voice in this book! It was a completely depressing story though- no one gets any happiness at all: I know it's a 2nd book, and we are establishing the center of a story; but I hate to listen to a book where I feel depressed the entire time. She doesn't take away the HOPE that things will get better and it's still a great read, but please PLEASE give these wonderful characters some chance at happiness? Even one of them?
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