Title: Ice Like Fire
Author: Sara Raasch
Daniela’s rating: 4 stars
NOTE: This is the second book of the series, so it might have spoilers for those who haven’t read the first one.
Sweet baby Jesus, this book was HARD and frustrating and SO GOOD.
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.
I’ve always thought there’s one book in the series that’s supposed to be like a transition, so it’s meant to be kind of slow. This was a similar case, I believe this book is the calm before the storm. Yes, it was infuriating most of the time, but I understand that there’s something growing underneath it all. Yes, it was maddening and some attitudes made me question everything I believed in with these books. But you know what? I’ve read some reviews in which people say they didn’t like anything about this book, like at all. But I’m going to stay on the positive side of it all and have hope that this was just it: the calm before the storm.
So, we have Meira, who’s now Queen of Winter, right? She’s struggling to find her voice, to find her way to rule her kingdom, to find that fighter in her again, the one that’s going to save everyone from doom. It’s not easy, but I believe she’ll get there. If you read my review on the first book, you’ll remember I mentioned something about patience, right? Well, this book will definitely test yours. It did mine. I was losing my mind over switching sides and trying not to scream at every bad decision. I’m certain now, though, I know where my heart lies now and I’m sorry it got so confused, but I guess that’s the whole point and I’m glad I found my way ❤️
So, this book takes betrayal and loyalty and everything to a whole new level. There’s some action, there’s some kind of mystery, and a whole lot of questions.
Where the hell did Hannah go?
Where is Angra? Why is he taking so long to show up?
What the hell is wrong with Theron? Why is he being such a prick?
Why oh why isn’t Mather just telling Meira how he feels?
Why is Meira losing so much control?
WHY IS SIR SUCH A BLINDED ASSHOLE?
Like I said, questions. And I’m sure I had more, but those are the ones I can remember right now.Little by little I got some answers, although not all. I’m sure I’ll have them all in the next book, which I need to start SOON, so Laura, HURRY THE HELL UP. Along with these questions, there was this whole denial spell everyone seemed to be under. Like, no one wanted to discuss anything serious, anything important. Everyone looked the other way when it came to actually facing their fears, their realities. What the hell? I mean, I know it can’t be easy, what everyone went through, but come on!!! How can they all be so blind?
This looks like all I’m doing is ranting 😂. Well, partly. But even though I was mad at points, I never lost hope and never thought the story itself was any less than the first one. It was a perfectly good continuation to what we’d read in Snow Like Ashes. It opened new doors and gave us a new look on everything and everyone.
In the first book, it was kind of hard to understand at first, like everything that was being part of this world. But not this one, it’s like I’m one of them now. One thing I believe is really awesome is that both books were so perfectly paced. On those other books I’ve read, sometimes it got way too slow or there were so many unnecessary things that it got distracting at points, but not this series. Everything is where it should be, no overly dressed descriptions, just exactly what we need to have a clear picture in our heard. It was perfect.
I just can’t wait to start the third book. *cough, cough Laura*