Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Review: Ice Like Fire by Sara Raasch

Ice Like Fire
Author:Sara Raasch
Release Date: October 13, 2015
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
ISBN:  0062286951
ISBN13: 9780062286956
Genre: Fantasy
Review Copy Source: Edelweiss
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.

I think most readers will either love ICE LIKE FIRE or hate ICE LIKE FIRE after reading SNOW LIKE ASHES. I happen to fall in the middle.

What I liked about ICE LIKE FIRE: I liked how Meira stepped into her leadership role. She has a lot of people to think about as she makes decisions and I felt like she took that seriously. I liked seeing more of the Snow Like Ashes series world. There are a lot of kingdoms and with Meira searching for the keys we get to see what they and the people of those kingdoms are like. We get to meet a few great secondary characters. One of which I am hoping to see more of in book 3.

Some things that didn't totally pull me in to ICE LIKE FIRE: Theron, he annoyed the heck out of me. I definitely wasn't rooting for him and although I was really happy with how things ended up with him and Meira, it was painful to have him along on the trip. Mather. He is of course part of ICE LIKE FIRE and even had his own POV, but he isn't with Meira and I wanted to see them together and working as a team. The pace, it was a bit slow and I wanted more action.

So, although ICE LIKE FIRE wasn't a home run for me, I still enjoyed it and look forward to seeing what Meira and her allies will do in book three.

I gave it 3/5 stars

* This book was provided free of charge from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

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