Author: Sara Raasch
Genre: YA Fantasy
Release Date: October 2015
Series: Snow Like Ashes #2
Goodreads Summary: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.
Snow Like Ashes, the first book in the series, had me on the fence because of Meira's childish voice, but that problem has been resolved in Ice Like Fire. Meira sounds her age, thinks maturely, and weighs her consequences before doing reckless actions. Raasch has found a way to make Meira childlike and adult simultaneously, and I loved it!
The plot develops and grows more complicated, which I greatly appreciated because it opens up more of Primoria to the reader. The setting was beautiful, and Raasch has the perfect knack for description with action rather than having one dominate during important scenes.
I can't remember if I loved Theron or Mather more in the first book, but I was cheering on Mather all throughout Ice Like Fire. I am growing weary of the love triangle bit in YA novels, mainly because love is complicated enough without throwing a third person in the loop, but I hope Meira picks her man long before the end of Frost Like Night so we can enjoy some sweet puppy love scenes!
That's another thing I love about this series: the love is linked to politics and childhood friendships, but the most that ever happens is kissing. I adore cute couples in fantasy and science fiction stories, but I can't stand when they become borderline erotica, especially when these characters are sixteen and seventeen. Thank you, Raasch, for keeping these teenagers like all us geeky readers who only dreamed of kissing someone at sixteen!
Overall, this story is fantastic and extremely well-written. I'm sure book three will come out by the end of next year if we're lucky, so let's all hope that's the case!
Rating: 5 / 5 stars