(Snow Like Ashes #2)
by Sara Raasch
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Publication Date: October 13th 2015
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Genre: Young Adult | Fantasy
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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. (Goodreads)
All the familiar characters that we knew from the first book are back in this sequel, along with a lot of new, interesting characters as well. I still imagine Meira as a young Xena: Warrior Princess, with her chakram and her fierceness, but there's also a new side of her in the book, the side that must act like the queen that she is. It was interesting to see this different side to Meira, as she was so fierce in the first book, but, I'm thrilled to say that she's a really awesome queen as well.
There are so many secondary characters that I love in this series. There are really too many to mention, but my list has grown as we are introduced to some new characters as the story goes along. It's hard not to totally love some of these characters. But, there are also some character that you will really, really dislike, but who are also very well written.
Like the previous book, it really felt like there wasn't a dull moment when reading this story. There was so much action and suspense in the storyline, it really kept me on my toes wondering what would happen next. And again, the setting for the book was so unique; Raasch did a wonderful job with her descriptions. I could visualize the world she created perfectly in my mind, and they were so awesome!!
Overall; I really did not expect to enjoy Ice Like Fire more than Snow Like Ashes, but I totally did! I loved being back in world Raasch created, with its unique setting and awesome characters. I absolutely can't wait to get my hands on the third book in the series, which is set to be published in 2016!! If you've not yet check out this series, I definitely suggest that you add them to your reading list!