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Book Review – Ice Like Fire

Book: Ice Like Fire (Snow Like Ashes 2) by Sara Raasch
Release Date: October 13th 2015
Genre: Fantasy
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

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Goodreads / Snow Like Ashes (book 1)

Beware that there are spoilers in this review below for Snow Like Ashes and Ice Like Fire

Synopsis

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.

Review

Ice Like Fire is a sequel I was highly anticipating after reading the first book, Snow Like Ashes, earlier this year. I loved the first book and I was curious to see how the story would continue. Unfortunately this book seems to be suffering from the dreaded middle book syndrome.

The first half of this book inches forward incredibly slow. The plot, was not very special and it did not draw my interest. Everything they were searching for came incredibly easy towards them. There were very little interesting twists in the plot. We all knew Angra was coming back. The ‘betrayal’ was also obviously coming and halfway through I knew who it was going to be, even if I was trying to be in denial about it.

What kept me reading were the characters that I grew fond of in the first book. But even they weren’t all that amazing in this book. Meira I connected with easily in Snow Like Ashes, but I had a hard time with her in this book. She is having a lot if inner monologue’s in this book, and repeats a lot. She also doesn’t share a lot with those closest to her. She has put up a wall. Yet at the same time she complains when people don’t talk to her about things.

This book also introduces us to Mather’s point of view. I am not a big fan of series that change their point of views in the second or third book. We still get the first point of view of Meira, but Mather has a few chapters in third person point of view. I wasn’t a big fan of this, because I feel that we didn’t really need this all that much. The only interesting thing that was in his point of views were the few new characters that learned to fight and how he dealt with the discovery of his parentage in Snow Like Ashes. The Mather that I liked in the first half of Snow Like Ashes seems gone for good though. He doesn’t feel like the same character that we met at all. I understand that what happened changed him, but did he need a personality transplant along with that?

Let’s get to the subject that still upsets me and I can’t talk about without breathing out spoilers. Theron. No. No. No! NO! A thousand times NO! What did you do to my precious Theron, Sara? Though I understand he went through a lot when he was captured by Angra at the end of Snow Like Ashes, but he knows that evil. How can he possibly have been taken in by Angra like that? So for me the explanation was flimsy. Him not remembering things from when he was with Angra was also a bit tricky. I cannot express in words how I feel about what happened to Theron. He was one of the best things about this series. And now he’s ruined. And I’m sad.

Another point is the romance. I thought that with the ending of Snow Like Ashes it was obvious who Meira had chosen to be with. Theron. But with the introduction of Mather’s chapters I felt it was obvious that ship was going to die in this book. The communication issues between Meira and Theron were also annoying. How dare she call him her closest friend when she shared absolutely nothing with him at all. Well, don’t worry Theron. I love you.

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