Publisher: Balzar + Bray
Release Date: 19th November 2015
Edition: US hardcover, purchased
Other Titles in this Series: Snow Like Ashes
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 on using 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. 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 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.
I completely loved Snow Like Ashes when I devoured it last winter so I was beside myself with excitement about Ice Like Fire. It didn’t quite live up to my expectations though.
I struggled with Ice Like Fire. And the most annoying thing? I’m not even quite sure why. I also ended up skimming a fair bit of the novel. I mean, I got a little annoyed with the characters and how frequently Meira was thwarted in hers attempts to protect Winter, and then how convenient and easy finding the keys was, but I still loved the world and the characters. It was really cool to see more of Primoria and experience how different the kingdoms are to each other, especially the divides between the Rhythm and Season kingdoms. I enjoyed all the politics and meeting the monarchs and conduit-wearers as well; it’s a very well-drawn out world.
Around halfway through Ice Like Fire when my frustration was at a high, I decided that I no longer ship Meira with either Theron or Mather. I'd love to see her take on the events to come without the torment of loving the boys and all of the drama that that causes. It would be brilliant to see her succeed without them and it became clear in this book that Meira really hasn’t come to terms with her magic and new role of power, responsibility and pawn in the politics of Primoria – I want to see her come to terms with this first.
I did actually end up enjoy the last 80/90 pages of the novel, thankfully. The finale was dramatic and surprising and it pulled me back on side. There were lots of revelations and events that completely changed everything for Meria and Winter and I’m intrigued enough to pick up the final book in the series next year and see how Meira’s adventure ends.