“If stubbornness were all that was needed to be a good queen, I’d rule the world.”
― Sara Raasch, Ice Like Fire
- Title: Ice Like Fire
- Author: Sara Raasch
- Genre: YA fantasy
- Pages: 478
- Publication date: October 13th, 2015
- Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
After a great book that had a good complete ending with Snow Like Ashes, Sara comes back with book two: Ice Like Fire. Sequels are always difficult to write, because you have to over succeed in the second book to stand out most of the time. Which, for most of the book, Sara does not.
The book begins three months after the last one ended. Angra, the main villain, had died those months ago, but Queen Meria spends most of this book wondering if his death was real. Meria wants to build her kingdom, but her boyfriend-but-not, Theron, has a father who wants her kingdom as his own. Theron becomes torn between his manipulative father and the ambitious girl by his side.
Under Theron’s father’s orders, Meria’s people dig in their mines for magical chasm, which is exactly what they find at the worst moment. However, it also comes with some questions and a place for keys. Meria and Theron set out to find the keys and the answers to the chasm’s secrets.
However, this book has a major formatting change from the previous book that can be found on page one: multiple POVs. Exactly like how Allegiant did, this book goes through the POV of Meria’s real love interest, Mather, as well. The story starts with Mather not being able to do anything until he decides to protect Meria’s kingdom while she’s away. The change in POVs surprised me, but in a good way, because it may have saved this book.
The major issue that is the most noticeable is the lack of action. Unlike the first book, most of this book is filled with dialogue and questions that roam around in Meria’s head. Until about the last fourth of the book, she doesn’t take much action in the book, as she did last time. The constant “Oh, no”, but not having much action slows the book down. If the action in the whole book was the same as it is at the end, this book would’ve surpassed the first book by a long run.
Most of the book is filled with not only speaking, but political speaking. So be prepared to remember strange terms and what they’re about. It’s not that hard to realize how not many people are on Meria’s side to stop Theron’s father though. Theron might not even be on her side anymore.
However, I did like getting into Mather’s POV when the time came. In the beginning, he was dwelling on his past and messing up with Meria too much. He quickly rose to action after that. His inner conflicts are interesting as well as he looks at the kingdom he was raised to believe is his, but can’t do anything about it anymore since he found out the kingdom was never his in the first place. It always secretly belonged to Meria, who he now has a hard time talking to. This unique conflict inside was great to see as Mather’s character developed.
In all honestly, I did like this book. The beginning and the last eighty pages are great and action-packed. The tension throughout the book calms down around the middle, but it does pick up again before the last eighty pages. This book has a creative world that’s great for any fantasy lover. It may be a slow book, but I think it’s worth the wait to read at least once. I’m looking forward to book three.
Average rating on Goodreads: 3.79/5
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