ICE LIKE FIRE by Sara Raasch

Before I dive into my actual review, I just need to mention those covers (again.) Because oh my gosh, they are so, so gorgeous (And I’m eagerly awaiting the third book’s title and cover.) Not to mention they’re verrrrrry photogenic. It was seriously hard to only choose three photos to use in this post.

DSC_0788Ice Like Fire is a stunning and exceptional sequel to Sara Raasch’s debut. After the revelations of the previous book (!!!) yeah, okay, I did find this one slower paced than Snow Like Ashes, but neither did that hinder my enjoyment of the book. Meria was just as badass as she was in the first book. The writing is just as glorious as it was in the first book. And just as the first one ended with a jaw-dropping conclusion—so did this one.

“The most powerful magic of all is choice.”

—ICE LIKE FIRE by Sara Raasch

Basically, there’s a much stronger emphasis on politics and worldbuilding in this sequel than Snow Like Ashes—which I was TOTALLY okay with. I loved how Sara Raasch explored and grew on the world she began in the first novel, and I can’t wait to see how everything builds up in the conclusion. As Meria is forced to step into her new role, Ice Like Fire portrayed a much more political aspect that I thought suited the novel well when it came down to the tone/feeling of the story. I also loved how Meria not only took up her new position—but gradually grew into it as the DSC_0761novel progressed. And she was real: she made mistakes, but at the same time was just as strong with her words as she is with her chakram. Just as at the same time, she was still such a loveable character.

The novel is split into Meira’s first person narration and Mather’s third person (past tense) narration, which, I’ll admit, took me back at first, but they’re not jarring: Raasch weaves her story together so well you don’t even notice the changes in perspectives.

“That’s how relationships workwhen one person is blind, the other must see for them. When one person struggles, the other must remain strong.”

—ICE LIKE FIRE by Sara Raasch

It’s hard to pinpoint WHAT it was I loved so much about this sequel, but the writing, the characterization—in particular the growth of Meria andDSC_0712how she stepped up to whatever faced her—but GAH, Ice Like Fire was such, SUCH a brilliant sequel to a stellar debut. (And it’t totally, completely quote-worthy.)

 So, yeah. Like badass characters, fantastical politics, and excellent worldbuilding? You should definitely read this series.

“No one should be forced to be something they aren’t.”

—ICE LIKE FIRE by Sara Raasch

17404295Title: ICE LIKE FIRE

Author: Sara Raasch

Format / Length: Paperback / 483 pages

Publisher / Date Published: Balzer + Bray (Harper Collins) / October 13th 2015

Category / Genre: Young Adult / High Fantasy

ICE LIKE FIRE on 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 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, 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 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.

Aaaand, in other reading news: The Library of Souls was a really, really fantastic conclusion to the Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children series; The Iron Warrior by Julie Kagawa was also an excellent series finisher (even though I’m so disappointed I won’t get to read about the Iron Fey no longer); and Ten Thousand Skies Above You by Claudia Gray was just as epic and fast-paced as the first in the series.

As the year nears it end, what have been some of your favorite books? And—what did you think of ICE LIKE FIRE? As good as the first?

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26 thoughts on “ICE LIKE FIRE by Sara Raasch

  1. It’s so great that you enjoyed this, Kara! I was one of those rare people who couldn’t get through book one. I really wanted to love it but I was just so bored ._. THE COVERS ARE GORGEOUS THOUGH and I totally contemplated on buying them despite not liking the stories inside god i am so shallow

  2. I absolutely adored Snow Like Ashes, but I was a bit disappointing with Ice Like Fire. It just didn’t feel quite as entertaining and action-packed as SLA, you know? :| But that ending was pheonominal – I’ve definitely got high hopes for the conclusion. Thanks for sharing Kara and, as always, fabulous review! <3

  3. I have to admit that I do not even have this series on my TBR yet. But your last paragraph caught my attention. I like all three things that you mentioned and I like them very much in books. Looks like I will have to reconsider my reluctance to read this series :)

  4. Awk you are like the FIRST positive review I’ve read for this one!! WHICH MAKES ME SO HAPPY. I really loved the first book and I’m dyyyying for this one but I was a bit worried to buy it. I shall just do it. *nods* Because this world = my favourite. And I do like split POVs (although now I’m worried for Meira’s life…xD)

  5. I’ve read the first and LOVED it, still have yet to get the second one. I’ve heard so many bad things about it though that I’ve held off. So relieved to hear that at least someone likes it! You’ve rejuvenated my excitement ^^

  6. SO GLAD YOU ENJOYED THIS, KARA!! Okay, fine, I haven’t read this yet, but that’s because I’m 150% on Team Mather and have a fear of my ship sinking. xD Anyyyway, I have heard that this is a lot slower than the first, which is usually fine by me as well, as long as there’s a lot of character and plot development still going on. I may have to get to this sooner rather than later, yeah? Awesome review, lovely!

  7. You’re so right Kara! These books ARE super duper photogenic and as usual you never disappoint with the pictures! <3 I wish I could take some epic pictures like that but I still have a lot to learn! I cant' wait to dive into this world! This book has been on my TBR list since the first book came out, I think! <3

  8. I’m happy you enjoyed it!! I really liked the first one and neeeeeeeed to pick up this one soon. I’ve heard mixed things about it, which is why I was hesitant. But your review has pushed me over the edge! I WILL be reading it in the very near future. Great review!

  9. I read a lot of negative reviews for this book, but I think I might try it now! I love when authors delve more into worldbuilding, and I absolutely loved Sara’s world in ICE LIKE FIRE. I’m glad you loved this one. Great review~

    Eli @ The Silver Words

  10. I admit I was initially disappointed in the start of this one because I found it a little dry…but that last third of the book was amazing! And it definitely made me appreciate what happened in the first half of the book once I could see the bigger picture! I absolutely love books that can do that.

    I too am super sad that the Iron Fey series is done. That series is one of my all time faves so I was a little heartbroken to finish that last book. Glad you enjoyed A Thousand Pieces of You as well :)

    Lauren @ SERIESous Book Reviews #Commenting365

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