Title: Ice like Fire by Sara Raasch
Publication Date: October 13. 2015
Genre: Fantasy YA
Synopsis: 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 had to let this one digest. Hence, the months later review. I adored the first book and eagerly awaited the sequel, but sometimes the sequel doesn’t live up to the hype and unfortunately that is what happened here.
What I liked: There was a lot of action in this one, even more than in the first book. The plot is driven by the journey and despite the things I did not like, I continued reading, interested in the characters next adventure. The world-building is fantastic. Raasch takes her readers deeper into her world and continues to dazzle with her original ideas. I really enjoyed learning more about the other cultures in their world and the differences between them. These things really added to the plot, making it rich and colorful.
What I didn’t like: This sequel felt painful. It moved quickly, but all of the enjoyable subtlety I enjoyed in book one were completely gone. The important plot points felt like they were crammed down my throat and did not feel fluid from book one. Meira remains much the same, not growing from her previous experience, and both male characters seemed to take on totally new personalities.
Overall, this book was interesting enough but lacked the strength of its predecessor 3/5.