Perhaps the low rating I gave the first book was an indication of what was to come. But sometimes the second book in a series comes through and is better than the first and then skyrockets to amazing-ness with the rest! Alas, not true for me for this book. 😦
Title: Ice Like Fire (Snow Like Ashes #2)
Author: Sara Raasch
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Release date: October 13, 2015
Genre: Young adult, fantasy
Length: 479 pages (U.S. hardcover)
Synopsis: (from Goodreads): “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 listened to this via audiobook. It wasn’t the narrator that disappointed me; it was the story itself. I couldn’t connect to anyone. Nothing made me excited or have me on the edge of my seat with anticipation. Nothing made my heart race or pull on my heartstrings. This was simply a dull and boring book for me. It’s so hard for me to say that, but it is what it is. I really wanted to like this. I mean, it’s fantasy and it has magic–two of my favorite things in any genre!
Meira was incredibly average. She doesn’t jump out of the page. Look, I get it, she’s queen, but stop treating her like a stupid delicate flower. I felt like Meira didn’t want to be queen anyway. She wanted to be a soldier or someone who was very active and with the people, not someone flitting around in gowns trying to make alliances with other seasons and rhythms. It frustrated me to no end! I understand she’s young and only just discovered who she was, but I don’t think she’s adjusted well. I don’t understand her feeling for Prince Theron, especially after he told his father about what they discovered. Yet she still says she likes him? Why? Go back to Mather! He seems 100 times better at this point.
I did, however, like Ceridwen, the summer king’s sister. I almost wish there was a side story about her. I didn’t like Mather, I don’t like Sir/William. I just can’t anymore with these characters and this series. The world-building was always just average, even though the concept is unique, with the different seasons and rhythms. This simply isn’t a series for me.