Ice Like Fire (Snow Like Ashes #2) By Sara Raasch [Review]

RELEASE DATE: October 13, 2015
AUTHOR: Sara Raasch
GENRE: Young-Adult, Fantasy, Romance.
PUBLISHER: Balzer + Bray
SUMMARY: 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.

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I immensely enjoyed reading snow like Ashes but sadly, Ice like fire has failed to impress me and I expected it to be as good as its prequel. My main issue with the book was the slow pacing of the storyline which Is the same problem I had faced in the previous installment and the plot didn’t excite me much. Though It wasn’t as expected, it wasn’t entirely bad and we are introduced to some new characters and there are some twists in the plot that would make it worth reading.

Meira, who is now the winter queen has finally freed the winterian’s from the slavery by the Spring’s kingdom but the threat of Angra hasn’t dissipated yet. It’s been three months since they were free and they are rebuilding their kingdom  but it seems like they aren’t completely free due to the deal they had with cordell who helped them in winning the war. When winterians dug out primoria’s lost chasm of magic which has a great power, Meira feels that it was something dangerous that must be prevented from unleashing into the world but it seems like Thorne feels the other way which makes her more distant from him. For finding the mystery behind the secret chasm, she visits the other kingdoms to find the keys that can open the chasm and also hoping to make allies with them. Along the way, she comes across many surprises and deceptions.

Meira is now more mature and stronger than before but I did missed her spunkiness which I really enjoyed in the first book. She has more responsibilities and feels restricted due to her new status. In the first book, Mather seemed quite dull to me but in the sequel he was really great and I’ve finally come to like him but Thorne will always be my favorite. In Ice like fire, Thorne’s personality seemed quite opposite from the guy we’ve met in the prequel and It was hard for me to hate him. The triangle in this book has left me sad because as expected my ship didn’t sailed but still I hoped until the end. The Romance wasn’t the major factor in the book but the triangle in it seemed unnecessary and it may annoy some readers. The supporting characters are quite good but not the best and among them I really liked knowing a character named Ceridwen Preben who is quite sassy and spunky.

The plot was both suspenseful and mysterious but the pacing of it was slow except the end part which is the only part I enjoyed the most reading. The world building was amazing and It’s the best thing I liked about this series. I really liked exploring all the other kingdoms of primoria. It has nice characterization and great writing which was very descriptive and clear.

Overall, I liked it but didn’t enjoyed it much! The book ended with a cliffhanger and I hope the finale would be much better with more exciting action. Even though, it wasn’t an incredible read for me, I would definitely recommend this series to everyone.

MY RATING: 4-stars14-stars14-stars1 4-stars1[3.5/5 Stars]

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3 thoughts on “Ice Like Fire (Snow Like Ashes #2) By Sara Raasch [Review]

  1. theorangutanlibrarian December 29, 2015 / 7:30 pm

    Hmm I’m very interested to see what I think of this one now- I’ve just read Snow Like Ashes and thought it was pretty good- great review!

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