Ice Like Fire by Sara RaaschIce Like Fire by Sara Raasch

Ice Like Fire

bySara Raasch

Paperback | August 30, 2016

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Game of Thrones meets Graceling in this thrilling fantasy, the heart-pounding sequel to New York Times bestseller Snow Like Ashes. This action-packed series is perfect for fans of An Ember in the Ashes and A Court of Thorns and Roses.

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. The last time the world had access to so much magic, it spawned the Decay. So when the king of Cordell orders Meira and Theron on a mission to discover the chasm’s secrets, Meira plans on using 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 Jannuari—leaving Winter vulnerable to Cordell’s growing oppression. When Meira leaves to search for allies, Mather decides to take Winter’s security into his own hands. Can he rebuild his broken Kingdom and protect his people from new threats?

As the web of power and deception is woven 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.

Sara Raasch is the New York Times Bestselling author of the YA fantasy series Snow Like Ashes. The series includes Snow Like Ashes, Ice Like Fire, Flames Like Vines, and Frost Like Night.
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Title:Ice Like FireFormat:PaperbackDimensions:512 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 1.15 inPublished:August 30, 2016Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:006228696X

ISBN - 13:9780062286963

Reviews

Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great *Mind Blown* I can't, I don't, oh my god the turnout of this book. The way the plot changed at the end oh my. I really enjoyed this novel, I adored the new characters and can't wait to get into the next book :)
Date published: 2017-08-06
Rated 2 out of 5 by from A Disappointing Sequel This book hit the brakes on an interesting plot, opting for a slow-paced angsty read that I struggled to get through. Though the latter half of the book was slightly better and picked up a bit, and there was some interesting world-building, Ice Like Fire was an undeniably disappointing sequel to the fast-paced excitement of Snow Like Ashes.
Date published: 2017-04-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome Great second book! Keeps you interested.
Date published: 2017-03-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Still good Love this series.While I loved this book, it didn't quite grab me as much as the first. While I felt there was a bit too much detailing, slowing the pace of the story, it was still much needed to understand the different points of view throughout the story.
Date published: 2017-01-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Better I found the sequel in the series to be better than the first. Loved the introduction of the new characters and the mystery surrounding them, that made me want to read more. But from a personal standpoint, i felt as if there was more potential for the book to grow on the reader and add something to make the entire reading experience better than before. Other than that, the series and book itself is alright.
Date published: 2017-01-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Ice Ice Baby So this book was good but not anywhere near as good as the first one. I felt like it dragged at points and I wasn't always an eager beaver to pick it up. What I did love though was we got Mathers POV! I think the was needed to show how in love he was with Miera and to get a character that is all about saving winter. The book though slow in the beginning really pick up its game later on and the ending was killer and made me eager still for the next book.
Date published: 2017-01-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent I loved this book right from the first page until the last. It was suspenseful, thrilling and heart stopping and the heroine is complex and brilliant. Be prepared to lose sleep, because you won’t be able to put it down!
Date published: 2017-01-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect Winter Read! This book is just so fun, interesting and intense to read. I really enjoyed it. Recommend all to read.
Date published: 2016-12-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Epic Sequel Holy smokes. That was quite a ride. Okay, where to begin? First, I love the dual perspectives we got from both Meira and beloved Mather. They're great characters (even though they have enough angst to fill an ocean, good GOD), and it was fantastic to see them develop without each other since, let's be honest, they have serious issues to work out. I truly enjoy the structure and feel of this world, and it was great to explore new territories and learn more about these vastly different fantasy cultures. There was a lot of revealed secrets and tensions, but what made the book for me was seeing Meira battle herself, caught between a warrior and a queen. Yes, it was angsty, but it didn't annoy me because she had reason to be angsty and tormented. I felt sympathetic to her plight and can't imagine reacting differently than she did. I can only imagine how incredible she's going to be in the next book. Mather was the same way–– he had mega daddy issues that he *mostly* worked out, though I wish he'd have been a little more mature in regards to Meira. We were also introduced to new characters like Ceridwen, who I LOVE, and want more of! I kinda saw the major twist at the end coming, but there were still enough shocks to leave me reeling and wonder how the hell all of this is going to end. And who's going to be alive to see it.
Date published: 2016-11-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Enjoyed it! Actual rating 4.5. Ice Like Fire is the sequel to Snow Like Ashes and author Sara Raasch provides us with a better view of Primoria as well as greater problems for our favourite characters to solve. Ice Like Fire has a different feel when compared to SLA, I think due to the writing and theme. This novel doesn’t carry that middle-book syndrome and in a way stands out on it’s own as a sequel. It’s not a standalone so don’t go reading this before SLA, but it’s a satisfying sequel. The main characters do a lot of traveling in this novel and I loved that we get an in-depth experience of Summer, Yakim and Ventralli. Summer was my favourite, mainly because of the landscape and Raasch is really talented at describing the kingdoms. It was easy for me to imagine everything Meira observes. All of these kingdoms are corrupt, Summer more blatant than the others and Meira struggles with that. On top of those struggles, she’s gone from Meira the soldier to Meira the queen in basically a night so she has a lot of conflict to solve within herself. An intriguing aspect of this journey, Meira learns that just because a conduit is someone’s birthright doesn’t necessarily mean they deserve or even know how to use that power. It’s for this reason that Meira connects to and looks up to Ceridwen, the Princess of Summer as a sort of remodel. She’ll never have magic, but that doesn’t stop her from trying to save Summer, even from her own brother, Simon. The POV is split between Meira and Mathor and what’s great about this is that I get to know Mathor on a deeper level. I’ll be honest, I didn’t really care too much about him in SLA and while I didn’t hate him, I wouldn’t have cared if he died. Now I’m more involved in him and can better understand him as a character. Something important to note – Meira’s POV is first person present tense while Mathor is third person past tense. I didn’t realize this at first so this played mind games on me. I do agree this was better for their individual voices, but this change in writing did contribute to that different feel to SLA. Another thing I disliked was the way a particular character was taken. It was a total 360 compared to how they were portrayed in SLA. It just didn’t seem realistic to me. Something that was really fascinating for me were the relationships between characters and just how significant that conflict was for the main cast. Before the start of this novel, Meira and Mathor’s relationship is already broken, both not having seen each other for months. Mathor is really upset by this and hopes building back Winter for Meira can help fix it. During the novel, Meira and Theron’s relationship is slowly breaking mainly because of their standpoint on magic. The chasm can give magic to everyone, but Meira doesn’t believe this should happen. She’s thinking about the decay that’s spreading across Primoria when there’s only 8 conduits. Theron thinks there’ll be more good than bad so both are working towards their own goals. I always love reading conflict like this because it makes an epic fantasy world all the more realistic. I did have trouble putting a face to some of the minor characters. I remembered the characters but not necessarily who was who so a little re-introduction would have been great. For the most part, this novel felt different from SLA which wasn’t a bad thing, but I loved that in the last 20% or so I got that similar feel to SLA. This was great for wrapping up ILF. So as a final point I loved Ice Like Fire, but did have some minor issues with it. I do recommend this novel and cannot wait to read book three! From the sort of things that were revealed at the end, I’m really excited for the next book but also nervous. There’s going to be a lot more conflict happening! You don’t want to miss out on this action-packed sequel to Snow Like Ashes. I received a free eARC in exchange for an honest review.
Date published: 2015-10-19

Editorial Reviews

Praise for SNOW LIKE ASHES: “A new society, a grand adventure, and a first romance, all rolled into one big fantasy epic.”