Review: Ice Like Fire by Sara Raasch (Snow Like Ashes #2)

Type: Trilogy
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult
Date Published: October 13, 2015
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Source: Hardcover // Library
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Summary: 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.


I did not enjoy this book as much as I did the first one, but that did not change what I feel about the series entirely. After the events of the first book, Meira is trying to build back her kingdom, but that is proven to be a difficult task since her people are forced to do the biddings of Noam in opening the mines where they later find a magic chasm. This prompts Meira and Theron to travel to neighboring kingdoms to look for the keys to unlock the doors, but they have a different agenda in mind.

Unlike the first book, this has proven to be a very slow read for me. There was less action than what I have hoped for so it was hard for me to read it at first. This is more political in my opinion with Meira trying to negotiate with other kingdoms for alliance and it was okay. The plot was really interesting and there were a lot of twists that I didn't expect at all, especially the end where everything just falls into place and it makes you want to read more.

I love the world that Sara Raasch created for this series. We get a glimpse to what ech kingdom is like in the first book, but we get into more depth about the society of each of the kingdoms in Primoria as Meira and the gang travel to each of these kingdoms.

Overall, this was an okay book. I didn't enjoy it as much as the fist one but it did make me want to pick up the third installment in this amazing story.

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