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Published by HarperCollins on October 13th 2015
Genres: Family, Fantasy & Magic, Love & Romance, Orphans & Foster Homes, Young Adult
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 is hopeful and excited—with this much magic, the world can finally stand against threats like Angra. But Meira knows that 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 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.
So this is what disappointment tastes like.
I loved, absolutely loved Snow Like Ashes and I firmly expected to love Ice Like Fire just as much or at least like it. Instead, however, I didn’t. I don’t know what it is about sequels that lead me astray, making me hesitant towards reading anything but a standalone. Basically, I wish I only read Snow Like Ashes and not this. It pains me to say that.
The love triangle got much more annoying. I know who I want with Meira, although it’s looking unlikely. Love triangles can be cruel, which is why I don’t like them most of the time. Meira made some decisions that were really borderline stupid. I adored her in Snow Like Ashes, so I know she could have done so much better. I found most of the characters aggravating, especially Mather. Ceridwen, the Summer Princess, is the only exception. Now she was something interesting. As far as continuing this series, I’ll probably just read spoilers and not the book.