Ice Like Fire (Snow Like Ashes #2)
By Sara Raasch
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.
The story picks up a few months after the Winterians reclaim Winter. Meira is now queen and struggling to find the balance of being “Meira” and being the “Queen of Winter.”
Theron’s father, the king of Cordell has agreed to help keep Winter safe during their reestablishment of their kingdom by providing them access to the mines. The king of Cordell is searching for the mines that access the chasm of magic.
Troubling things arise that make Meira leery of these plans and she and Theron can’t seem to meet eye to eye on this. Through a set of events, I don’t want to reveal too much, Meira, Theron, Cordellan soldiers and a few Winterians set on a journey to the Rhythm Kingdoms to help establish alliances and to seek out answers about this mysterious magic they’ve uncovered.
What I did like! I’ll start here.
- The King of Summer.
- The last 150 pages of the book.
- Mather’s point of view.
The King of Summer cracked me up! He was the highlight for me in this book. He’s evil, highly inappropriate but I LOVED HIM! My main criticism is that he wasn’t in the book enough. I really thought there was a missed opportunity here. There needed to be more of him!
The last 150 pages were VERY exciting. It felt so much more like Snow Like Ashes. I will say, even though I majorly struggled with this book, the ending was fantastic! So good in fact, that I WILL read the last book.
Mather’s point of view was definitely necessary for this book. Meira and Mather weren’t together for the majority of this book and it was important to know what was happening back in Winter while Meira was away. I enjoyed being inside his head.
What I didn’t like.
- I found it really boring.
- Not enough humor.
- Not enough romance!
This book dragged and dragged along. The pacing felt sooooooo slow and this was why I wanted to just stop reading. It was interesting going to all the different rhythm kingdoms and seeing how they functioned and looked like.
There were a few jokes but Meira just wasn’t her witty self. It makes sense in light of the fact that she’s trying to be the queen and act accordingly. But still, I was sad to see this.
Oh the romance…I don’t want to spoil anything but I LOVE, crave, my swoony romance. Ice like Fire lacked the fire of romance for sure. As you progress through the book things at the end all make sense and help the reader to understand why, but I didn’t care for this at all.
Overall I was sadly disappointed in Ice Like Fire. It had so much potential but didn’t quite live up to it. However, the redeeming quality was the end. It was thrilling and did, despite all my problems, left me wanting book 3. So, I will for sure read and buy Ice Like Fire and anticipate book 3.