I am so totally stoked to be today’s stop on the ICE LIKE FIRE Blog Tour. I am madly in love with this series though I’m not sure I’ll be able to survive the wait for the next book. I thought waiting for ICE LIKE FIRE was going to kill me. Somehow I made it. I’m not sure I’ll be so lucky this time.
If you haven’t yet picked up your copy of ICE LIKE FIRE, what are you waiting for? It released this week and it’s so freaking awesome I just had to read it twice. So much happens in this book. Especially in the second half. It’s insane. And that ending? Killer.
If you’d like to know a little bit more about what I thought, my review is below. If you want to know more about this series, details on both books are below. If you want the chance to win some awesome ICE LIKE FIRE swag, check out the giveaway and enter in the Rafflecopter.
And if you’d like to visit the other stops on the tour to check out a few guest posts and interviews and to see what a few other bloggers have to say about ICE LIKE FIRE, the tour schedule with direct links to all the stops is at the bottom of the post.
About ICE LIKE FIRE
Title & Series: ICE LIKE FIRE (Snow Like Ashes #2)
Author: Sara Raasch
Release date: October 13, 2015
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Formats: Hardcover, audio, eBook
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.
NOTE: This review is based on an eARC received from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for my honest thoughts about the book.
ICE LIKE FIRE is an epic and elaborate and richly imagined sequel. It delivers action, mystery, magic, suspense, heartbreak, betrayal. The world-building is incredible. Meticulous attention to detail is paid to every aspect of this story from its characters to its multiple settings to its plot development. It takes you on a journey through parts of the world not explored in the first book, it introduces potential allies and enemies, it alternates points of view, it varies its pace, it builds to a finish that is jaw-dropping.
Meira had hoped the worst was behind her, that Winter would be able to take the time it needed to rebuild, to grow stronger. But their arrangement with Cordell put Winter in their debt, and forced the Winterians to risk their lives mining, searching for the chasm of magic whose location could be anywhere.
Instead of its discovery being a relief, Meira worried about the access to unlimited power it would give Cordell. She worried about what that much magic would do to to her own people. She worried about what that much magic would do to her.
Forced to decide whether to continue bowing to Cordell or to stand up and fight, Meira chose to fight. But she knew she didn’t stand much of a chance against Noam and his army if she had to fight alone. As hard as it was as Winter’s new Queen to even think about leaving her Season, for its safety, for its future, she was willing to take the risk and go in search of those who would be allies.
Told mainly from Meira’s point of view, with the occasional chapter from Mather’s perspective, readers will get to visit some of the different Seasons and Rhythms, meet their leaders, see how they rule and how they treat their people. They’ll find out who, if anyone, is willing to stand with Winter against Cordell. They’ll get to embark upon a quest to find three hidden keys and to learn anything they can about a mysterious Order.
Author Sara Raasch has written an absolutely spectacular follow-up to her first novel in this series. She delves deeper into the politics of being Queen of Winter, the conflict between the Seasons and the Rhythms, the issues with being a conduit for magic, human rights issues. She forces her characters to overcome obstacles, to question, to trust, to learn, to grow, to be willing to sacrifice, to choose, and to live with the consequences of their actions, their choices and their mistakes.
The author takes the time to really build the world, to flesh it out. She paints a complete picture with each different locale that Meira visits. Everything is wonderfully detailed, allowing for a total immersion into the story. The pacing in the first half of the novel is largely unhurried, though the points of view switches create suspense and a sense of urgency, and in the latter half, the pace picks up and continues to accelerate until the story’s end, keeping things interesting and engaging and making for a nice change-up.
ICE LIKE FIRE is gorgeous and compelling and positively riveting. This is no filler novel. It does not suffer from a sophomore slump. It builds upon the story. It expands the world. It advances the characters. It is so unbelievably well-written. It is amazing, exciting, breathtaking, surprising. It is an absolute must-, must-, must-read.
About Sara Raasch
Sara Raasch has known she was destined for bookish things since the age of five, when her friends had a
lemonade stand and she tagged along to sell her hand-drawn picture books too.
Not much has changed since then — her friends still cock concerned eyebrows when she attempts to
draw things and her enthusiasm for the written word still drives her to extreme measures.
Her debut YA fantasy, SNOW LIKE ASHES, came out October 14, 2014 from Balzer + Bray, and the sequel,
ICE LIKE FIRE, comes out October 13, 2015. Neither features her hand-drawn pictures.
Other Books in the Series
Title & Series: SNOW LIKE ASHES (Snow Like Ashes #1)
Author: Sara Raasch
Release date: October 14, 2014
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Formats: Hardcover, paperback, audio, eBook
A heartbroken girl. A fierce warrior. A hero in the making.
Sixteen years ago the Kingdom of Winter was conquered and its citizens enslaved, leaving them without magic or a monarch. Now, the Winterians’ only hope for freedom is the eight survivors who managed to escape, and who have been waiting for the opportunity to steal back Winter’s magic and rebuild the kingdom ever since.
Orphaned as an infant during Winter’s defeat, Meira has lived her whole life as a refugee, raised by the Winterians’ general, Sir. Training to be a warrior—and desperately in love with her best friend, and future king, Mather — she would do anything to help her kingdom rise to power again.
So when scouts discover the location of the ancient locket that can restore Winter’s magic, Meira decides to go after it herself. Finally, she’s scaling towers, fighting enemy soldiers, and serving her kingdom just as she’s always dreamed she would. But the mission doesn’t go as planned, and Meira soon finds herself thrust into a world of evil magic and dangerous politics – and ultimately comes to realize that her destiny is not, never has been, her own.
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The Tour Schedule
- Oct. 5th | A Dream Within A Dream – Review
- Oct. 6th | Mundie Moms – Interview
- Oct. 7th | Such a Novel Idea – Review
- Oct. 8th | Dark Faerie Tales – Guest Post
- Oct. 9th | The Whimsical Mama – Spotlight
- Oct. 12th | Two Chicks on Books – Interview
- Oct. 13th | Bookish Lifestyle – Review
- Oct. 14th | Supernatural Snark – Guest Post
- Oct. 15th | Fiktshun – Review
- Oct. 16th | Once Upon a Twilight – Interview