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.” (goodreads.com)
Rating: 3.5/5 Stars
My Thoughts: To be honest this book was rocky for me. It was a lot of politics and was really slow. I felt there was a lot of scenes that could have been either cut of sped up somehow. Yet I couldn’t give this book less than a 3.5 stars.
I was so ready to rate this book 3 stars because for me the first half just really dragged on BUT! Something…happened. There was this moment, and a very obvious, very poignant moment, mind you. Meira changed–no became. There was this beautiful moment when Meira realized the difference between who she’d been trying to be and who she wanted to be and realized that she still had the chance to become who she wanted to be. And, in that moment, Meira transforms and blossoms and it was so incredible to read about and it just made the book for me. This coupled with the major change Mather experienced just on the heels of Meira’s change completely changed my opinion and rating of Ice Like Fire. Because it is in this, in showing how characters really grow and change and blossom and realize thing, that Raasch truly excels. And that kept me gripped as a reader. I wanted to see how the characters continued to unfold.
After that, though, the story slowed down once again. What I mean to say is, there was plenty of action, but somehow it wasn’t quite gripping. There seemed to be a sheen of removal laid across the story. And that was the problem. The characters had plenty of heart but the plot just…didn’t.
Overall, Ice Like Fire was alright, but I think this book seriously suffered from “second book syndrome.” I am anticipating seeing what happens next though, so I will be picking up the next book.