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Ice Like Fire by Sara Raasch

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

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.

Goodreads Summary

I was happy when the second in this series arrived, but I really wanted it to be as good as the first.  I really liked how Meira's character grew.  She became more of a leader and I loved how her compassion for her people was displayed throughout the book.  The love triangle does come to a head in this book; Theron and Mather would both be great leading guys for Meira.  I thought that it was pretty much determined as to who Meira would end up with after I read this book.  I did love how the author deepened their relationships and developed their characters further.  

The plot itself made for a fun read though I found it confusing in parts.  I thought that at least the first half of the book was on the slow side.  The reader will get to see more aspects of this world as Meira and Theron go on their adventure.  The book is told from different points of view; I think the reader will feel as if he/she gets to know the other characters better.  Overall, this book was a fun read and recommended to young adult/teen readers.

3 1/2 Stars

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  1. It's such a shame that you found the beginning of this one to be so slow and not as fast as you would have liked, especially as you were trying to enjoy it as much as the latest one. I am hoping the next in the series will be even better, although it does sound like a lot developed in this novel.

  1. Cannot wait to get back to Meira's world!