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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

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Disappointing sequel

The story centers around the insecurity of the main character and her stupidity. The first book was good; I just wish the sequel was too.

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Horrible second installment!!!

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.

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fantastic book!!!

What a wonderful story of love, betrayal, sacrifice, and brilliant magical scenes of power, anguish, and sheer excitement!!

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Loved this book

Very good book this one was a good as the first. Cliffhanger cannot wait for the next book. Worth a credit

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Cliffhanger amidst chaos, and SO GOOD!

Narrator is amazing. Such an enchanting second story. This second installment is slower than the first, but only because it was full of politics, Meira learning more about herself, and her trying to understand this new dynamic. Despite this, there was plenty of action and drama to keep me rooted to the book. It left me feeling nostalgic for my teenage years when listening to the romantic parts, but also thrilled at this new and magical world that is intricate and wonderful! Raasch has created an INCREDIBLE world, and I can't wait to see more of it in the third book.

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Couldn’t even finish it.... so boring

The narrator made Meira seem whiny and the story itself is predictable and way boring. I started book 2 to give it a chance, but I’m done suffering through it.

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I am really loving this series.

The narration is great! The first book sucked me in more than I realized. I am really loving this series. off to download book 3!!

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Not all the chapters

This audio book doesn’t have all the chapter the book actually has. Overall the book was very good though.

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Delightful sequel!

I think I just may like this sequel better than the first book! Lovely performance. Love that it's two perspectives too! Definitely a fan of this series.

Reminds me of Sarah J Maas stuff.

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Great story but...

a great tale to tell. my only issue is the lead character being so whiny at times. i get she has a lot going on but some of her stop to think/analyze moments drive me insane.