Book Review: Ice Like Fire

Ice Like Fire by Sara Raasch

Rating
5 Nerd Girl RatingPlus Mustache

Author: Sara Raasch
Release Date: October 13th 2015
Series: Snow Like Ashes
Genre: High Fantasy | YA
Pages: 479
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Buy it : Amazon

 

First Line:

Five Enemies. Five dented helmets sit lopsided over five equally dented breastplates; five black suns shine, scratched yet distinct, on the silver metal.

Read the Blurb at Goodreads

Cover:

I don’t have much to say about the cover. It’s beautiful and it really catches the eye.

Review

Meira has taken her place as Winters Queen. While the Winterians celebrate their new found freedom, Meira worries about keeping her people free. She fears that Angra was not defeated, but she also worries about Cordell’s presence in Winter. She feels the ever growing fear that the Winterians have not seen their last battle and she isn’t sure what she is supposed to do next. All she can do is keep her people busy, rebuilding their home and looking for the magic chasm that the King of Cordell demands be found.

Meira and Theron, go on a quest to find the keys to open the newly found chasm and both have their own reasons for looking for the keys. Meira wants to destroy all magic but Theron wants everyone to have magic.

As they start on their journey, Meira discovers that nothing is what she thought it was, and there is deception underfoot.

This book was just as wonderful as the first. It was fast paced, filled with action, and I couldn’t help but feel sorry for Meira and all that she has been through.

I love that we get a new perspective in the story, falling into the mind of Mather. Mather gives us a new look into the world that Meira doesn’t see. I felt like seeing things from Mather’s perspective we got a deeper idea as to what was going on. I was able to see the things going on that Meira had no clue about. I feel like if Meira had known what was going on she would have figured things out a little sooner.

The beginning of this book moved quickly into things, but gave a glimpse of what life for Winter could have been if Angra had not enslaved them all those years ago. It was a glimpse of a happy life, but Meira didn’t fall for it, which makes me love her character even more. At first she seemed like a whiney teenager, wanting to be the hero of the story. Now she is seeing the errors of her ways, but finding that who she had been was exactly what Winter needed. She becomes the queen of Winter and is suddenly having to care more about the people who look to her for guidance then she cares about herself. It’s a wonderful transition from who she was in the first book.

I love that Meira struggles to find a balance between being the queen her kingdom needs and the wild and reckless girl she used to be.

As for Mather, he is a bit of a jerk at the beginning, but in the end he finds himself again. Of course, he was once told he was a king, and now he suddenly has a mother a father and no crown. But what makes Mather so wonderful is he is not mad that he is not a king, and he does not envy Meira for her position. He only wishes it was still his burden to carry, because it is a heavy burden and he hates that it has fallen to the girl he has loved for so long.

Overall, this has become a beautiful story and I can’t wait to see where the next book takes me.

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Book Review:Snow Like Ashes

Snow Like Ashes

Rating25 Nerd Girl RatingPlus Mustache

Author: Sara Raasch
Release Date: October 14th 2014
Series: Snow Like Ashes
Genre: YA | High Fantasy | Dystopia
Pages: 416
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Buy it : Amazon

 

First Line: “Block!”

Blurb from Goodreads: Sixteen years ago the Kingdom of Winter was conquered and its citizens enslaved, leaving them without magic or a monarch. Now, the Winterians’ only hope for freedom is the eight survivors who managed to escape, and who have been waiting for the opportunity to steal back Winter’s magic and rebuild the kingdom ever since.

Orphaned as an infant during Winter’s defeat, Meira has lived her whole life as a refugee, raised by the Winterians’ general, Sir. Training to be a warrior—and desperately in love with her best friend, and future king, Mather — she would do anything to help her kingdom rise to power again.

So when scouts discover the location of the ancient locket that can restore Winter’s magic, Meira decides to go after it herself. Finally, she’s scaling towers, fighting enemy soldiers, and serving her kingdom just as she’s always dreamed she would. But the mission doesn’t go as planned, and Meira soon finds herself thrust into a world of evil magic and dangerous politics – and ultimately comes to realize that her destiny is not, never has been, her own.

Review

The cover is what sold this for me. The blurb didn’t really sell it, though it sounded interesting. I just loved the cover.

I had this book on audible, and at first I hated that I wasted my one monthly credit on this book. I thought it was boring and I thought was going to hate it the whole way through. But I stuck to it for a few days and got to a point where they was no going back. I loved this book so much! It was such a thrill to read.

I had some things figured out before the end of the book, but I promise this book is just full of surprises. The world is something amazing and I still haven’t exactly figured it all out. I hope that the next book helps that a little bit.

As with any main character, Meira becomes such a stronger female lead by the end of the book. She starts off a little whiney and she is always complaining about something. Then when she is given a chance to help her people in some small part, she grumbles because it’s not how she wanted to be of use. Of course, in the situation I am referring to, I wouldn’t be too happy about it either, but if it were for my own kingdom, I would suck it up and do what I needed to do.

Then again, had Meira been the type to take what she has been told to do and never question anything, this story could have gone in a completely different way.

By time I got to the end of the story I worried that there wouldn’t be much for the next books to really cover, like it would just be pointless for the next book in the series. But this book ended in a way that you have a solid ending, but open enough that you can look forward to the next book. (Which I will be listening to next month).

Over all, this was a great book to read. The beginning is a bit boring, but once you get through the world building part and into the real meat of the story, things get better. It was very intense at times as well, wondering who was going to break first and who would be the one to save them all. Things didn’t happen like I expected them to, but I love how it all worked together. I cannot wait to move on to the next book and watch this story progress.