Ice like Fire: Snow like Ashes (Book 2)
by Sara Raasch
“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. The last time the world had access to so much magic, it spawned the Decay. So when the King of Cordell orders Meira and Theron on a mission 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 Jannuari – leaving Winter vulnerable to Cordell’s growing oppression. So when Meira leaves to search for allies, Mather decides to take Winter’s security into his own hands. Can he rebuild his broken kingdom and protect his people from new threats?
As the web of power and deception is woven 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.”
While I read Snow like Ashes, I decided to order Ice like Fire (while also preordering Frost like Night). I would say you need to have read Snow like Ashes, otherwise you will struggle with why characters are acting a certain way and what exactly is going on.
The Winterians find the Chasm, and this causes Cordell to take over Winter. So Meira goes looking for answers to keep the Chasm closed, while Theron tries to make a treaty for the whole of Primoria and find the keys to open the Chasm. Mather after saying he does not want Meira in his life finds himself in charge of a few orphans and he trains them to fight.
I was straight into Ice like Fire, I think I got more into it than Snow like Ashes as it was straight into the bulk of the story. I read it in a 5 days with other commitments. I love the fact that we get to see more of Primoria and more of the different people that populate it. I like the twists and turns, they help build the emotion and expectation. The Children of the Thaw scenes are fabulous and I really love the scenes with Ceridwen and Meria. I cannot give you one favourite part, it was all amazing.
My favourite characters are Meira, Mather, Nessa and Ceridwen, I also like the Children of the Thaw. There are some characters that are written for you to hate or distrust and they are perfect, I thought one was a bit dodgy early on once they appeared and I was right. I have also completely gone off one character, by the end I absolutely despised them. All the characters no matter how big or small were fabulous.
Ice like Fire ends on a cliffhanger, this is because the Snow like Ashes series finishes in Frost like Night (which has just come out).
When reading Ice like Fire, I described it as a Queen trying to protect her Kingdom, while trying to hold onto her previous life. I would recommend this book to older teenagers and adults, due to more mature content. 5 out of 5.