Book: Frost Like Night (Snow Like Ashes 3) by Sara Raasch
Release Date: September 20th 2016
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Possible spoilers for the previous books in the series
Angra is alive, his Decay is spreading—and no one is safe.
Meira will do anything to save her world. With Angra trying to break through her mental defenses, she desperately needs to learn to control her own magic—so when the leader of a mysterious Order from Paisly offers to teach her, she jumps at the chance. But the true solution to stopping the Decay lies in a labyrinth deep beneath the Season Kingdoms. To defeat Angra, Meira will have to enter the labyrinth, destroy the very magic she’s learning to control—and make the biggest sacrifice of all.
Mather will do anything to save his queen. He needs to rally the Children of the Thaw, find Meira—and finally tell her how he really feels. But with a plan of attack that leaves no kingdom unscathed and a major betrayal within their ranks, winning the war—and protecting Meira—slips farther and farther out of reach.
Ceridwen will do anything to save her people. Angra had her brother killed, stole her kingdom, and made her a prisoner. But when she’s freed by an unexpected ally who reveals a shocking truth behind Summer’s slave trade, Ceridwen must take action to save her true love and her kingdom, even if it costs her what little she has left.
As Angra unleashes the Decay on the world, Meira, Mather, and Ceridwen must bring the kingdoms of Primoria together…or lose everything.
‘You act as though love is a goal you only can achieve after so long spent working at it. And yes, work is involved, but at the end of it all, love is a choice – the kind you have with a spouse, with your people, with yourself. If you acted on those things only when you felt them, you’d be like most people – eternally waiting for a feeling that may or may not come. But if you choose, every day to love yourself no matter what – then, dear heart, nothing can stop you.’
The third installment to the Snow Like Ashes trilogy of which I loved the first book but have come to dislike its sequel immensely. This made me very wary of this series closer and as a result could not get me excited about a whole lot in this book.
I feel it was a decent ending to the series considering the previous book. It was certainly more action packed and I felt we were actually moving forward to something now. But a lot of my feelings were squashed in Ice Like Fire like a bug and this book just could not restore the love I had for the characters initially.
The start took some getting into. Meira learns how to control her powers more and gets to know others like her, who are a conduit. While I liked the two characters who did this, to me it felt a little disjointed from the rest of the world and book. We finally get a bit of one of the countries we had not gotten to see yet, but it is so little. It almost feels like a last minute addition even though I know the order was already set up in Ice Like Fire. I guess it is because we only really get these two people from the order even if we know there are more.
‘We cannot deal with problems as we have in the past, or we will always end up where we started.’
Another thing that made me initially put down this book last year was the point of view. In Snow Like Ashes we had just Meira in first person point of view. Then in Ice Like Fire Mather’s point of view was added with a third person point of view. Now we also get Ceridwen in a third person point of view. I’m sorry to say that despite liking Ceridwen, I really did not care for her chapters. I think it detracted from Meira’s story. It was used to pull this bigger than just Meira, but Meira is who we’ve followed from the start. If you wanted to make it bigger than her it should have been done from book one. I also did not care much for her love story with Jesse.
Mather’s chapters were better to get through this time. He showed hints of the character he was in Snow Like Ashes. Meira was also a lot better than in Ice Like Fire, a little less closed off though I guess that was just for Theron then (no whatever do you mean, I’m not still bitter about that). Meira in this book comes to terms with what she has to do to stop Angra and to stop the decay. Sacrifice herself. I liked how she came to terms with this. She still wanted things like to live and so on but she knew this is what she had to do. And she let no one hold her back from that responsibility.
We all knew my ship was going to get stomped on in this book some more so let us not talk about the romance. Theron was less present in this book of course, and a bit of an ass but I can blame that on the decay. He’s still precious. Cornal and his little sister were also heartwarming to read about in the small moments they appeared. And the good bits about Ceridwen chapters were certainly Lekan and Kaleo and I wish they had been more present than they were.
Ultimately Snow like Ashes as a whole trilogy was disappointing to me.