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 enjoyed Snow Like Ashes, but it definitely had its fair share of issues. Despite the problems I had with Meira struggling to figure out who she was, the love triangle, and the issues I had with the writing, there was enough action and excitement to help me look past that and have fun. Not so much with this installment.
Ice Like Fire though was a hot mess. It felt like Raacsh was trying too hard; its wordy, there are so many similes and metaphors that I ended up getting bored, and it was in desperate need of editing. I enjoy lyrical and visual writing, but it needs to be balanced. I found myself skimming a lot of the book because I didn’t care about another description that reiterated the emotions the characters expressed through the dialogue. And goodness, there was so much telling as opposed to showing. It was down-right painful to read most of this book.
There was also an additional POV, Mather, who I have always liked. I think his chapters were meant to show what was happening in Winter while Meira was gone, but I didn’t find that they added that much in the end. Especially with the tense shift from Meira’s 1st person present to his 3rd person past, it was more distracting than whatever Raasch was going for. Also, all the characters felt so flat in this installment. I didn’t feel attached to any of them and I almost set the book aside on several occasions because I simply didn’t care.
The story line of this was way too drawn out, and it wasn’t even resolved in the end. I mean within a series there should be one overarching goal that spans the books, and then each book has it’s own individual challenge that is approached and resolved, right? We get a kind-of resolution at the end of this, but not one that satisfies enough.
The last quarter of this book provided a small amount of redemption. Bringing in the action and strength of characters that we enjoyed in the first book. But unless I see some glowing reviews for the 3rd book, I’m not sure I would bother finishing this series.