Ice Like Fire
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
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.
2 / 5 stars
Ice Like Fire is the sequel to Snow Like Ashes, the book I loved so much and gave it a 5/5 stars. I’ve expressed my love for Snow Like Ashes in another review. Ice Like Fire continues in Winter where we left off in the first book.
In this book, the author introduces us to the other kingdoms, all of them exciting and interesting to read about. We travel with Meira on her quest to save her kingdom once again, where new characters come in play and stir up troubles.
Having loved Snow Like Ashes, starting Ice Like Fire was very exciting to me as it was much thicker than Snow Like Ashes. In my mind, I thought, ‘yes! More content’, I had high hopes for this sequel given that Snow Like Ashes became one of my favourite books. Unfortunately, I was a bit let down by it. I can’t say that I wasn’t disappointed because Snow Like Ashes was such a fun and exciting read, I stayed up till 3 a.m. to finish that book, but with Ice Like Fire, it took me weeks! I had to force myself to sit down and pick it up. There was nothing for me to look forward to. The plot was slow and predictable, I felt like I’ve read this in other fantasy novels. There were more politics involved in this sequel which could have been interesting but it felt draggy instead.
My main problem was the characters. I absolutely adored Meira in the first book. She was strong, she was determined, she was devoted. In this sequel, she was indecisive and rash, I saw little of the Meira I once loved. Although Meira still showed some of the characteristics that I admired, I felt that I was missing her fire and passion. She was less interesting to read about, all she did for more than half the book was thinking that she can’t do this or that. I get it. Self-pity happens to everyone especially to Meira who has gone through so much but it was just repeated way too often and made it annoying to read about.
The dual point of view also put me off even though it was an interesting way to write two different point of views. The author wrote Meira’s point of view in first person and Mather’s point of view in third person. Now, I did not enjoy Mather’s character all that much in Snow Like Ashes so naturally, his chapters were not as interesting to me as Meira’s. I understand why it was there as new and more interesting characters are introduced through his chapters but I felt that there could’ve been a better and less lengthy way to do so.
Besides that, the romance could have been done better or not done at all. I don’t mind having zero romance in a novel, I was really frustrated with how Meira’s relationship with Theron and Mather turned out. I’d rather have Meira stay single instead.
This sequel wasn’t the worst but it was not as brilliant as the first book either. There were some characters which I would love to read more about, some characters that I’ve forgotten their names and some that I wish would have been developed better in this novel. All in all, I can’t say that I’m terribly excited to read Frost Like Night but I do want to see how it wraps up. Hopefully, it would be much better than this.