Today is a very special post as not only is it a review of one my favourite reads of 2015, but also- my first blog tour!!! Wooo!!!
Yes, this is Day 4 of the Ice Like Fire Book Tour and thanks to the lovely people at Harper Collins (mainly Ms Herbert of Harper360UK) I received a copy of Ice Like Fire months before the release date. And as I am new to book blogging this year it was extreeeeeeemly loved and cuddled and treasured as my first ARC 😀
So to kick things off for my review I guess you should know a bit about Snow Like Ashes, the first book in the Snow Like Ashes trilogy of which Ice Like Fire is the sequel. So, this trilogy is a hybrid of fantasy and YA and is about a sixteen-year-old girl named Meira who is one of the last surviving refugees from the Kingdom of Winter. Did I mention that there are four Kingdoms?? ALL NAMED AFTER THE SEASONS?!! It’s so freaking cool! In the first book, she’s trying to help the other refugees, and there aren’t that many left, free their enslaved kingdom from the tyrannical king of Spring as well as protect the Prince of Winter. Ice Like Fire the sequel and what is being reviewed today, starts three months after the end of the first book with Meira and her group dealing with the repercussions of everything that happened at the end of the first book. Now, if you haven’t read that go and read it now…..
Go on…. have you gone yet?
Good because SPOILER ALERT!!! Winter is now free, the king of Spring is dead (or is he? mwhahaha), and Meira is the true queen of Winter.
Betcha didn’t see that coming?
Ice Like Fire, or ILF as I’m going to start typing, uses more than one POV. Now, if you’ve read Allegiant by Veronica Roth you know some majooooor thing is going to go down if an author uses more than one POV. I was seriously scared and coupled with the fact that I was nervous that I would suffer second book syndrome. If you don’t know what second book syndrome is, it is a very common case in the land of sequels where the second book does not live up to the first book’s standards.
Lucckily, ILF DID!!! Break out the champagne Sara Raasch tore away any fears of second book syndrome as the book instantly hooked me with two simple words; Five Enemies.
I mean how enigmatic is that?! It’s like Captain Jack Harkness in a sentence, but you know, without the chat up line. Not that I’d mine 😉
Anyhoo, here is an ILF synopsis as taken from Goodreads;
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.
Already it’s got you itching for my review hasn’t it?!
Well here you go;
Kicking off a few months after the end of Snow Like Ashes and Meira has had SUCH a character development- I mean I am so freaking proud of how much she’s grown as a character. She’s matured and is no longer the girl she was in the first book. She is the Winter queen and would do anything to save her kingdom. And this is clear within a few chapters of ILF as we find out to pay off the debt owed to Cordell the Winterians have had to dig their mines and not even 50 pages into the book they unearth a powerful chasm of magic- thought to be lost forever!
What follows is a scavenger hunt across Primoria, new characters, unraveling ships, and some very crazy stuff. Oh god is it crazy!
With POV changes to my beautiful Mather who is rather like a sad puppy/kittten in this book. His POV does however occur in places where I NEED MEIRAS POV AGAIN! I still love him dearly, I am such a sucker for those childhood romances that I just- THE FEELS! I ship him with Meira ever so much!
As this is a fantasy book it obviously has to keep you immersed and hooked throughout- no one likes to read a dull fantasy. But, due to Sara’s immense writing skills and perrrfect writing style, the detail in the book kept me reading well into the late hours- totally not until 4 am. nope. No not 4 am at all.
This book is full of plot twists and oh my god that ending!!! THAT ENDING! I NEED THE THIRD BOOK RIGHT NOW!! (although I am rather scared for it as I know fantasy writers do love to kill characters I love *ahem Mr Martin* )
However, throughout the book, throughout the many twists and turns. THROUGHOUT THAT ENDING- Meira remains an admirable protagonist and she is up in my favourite characters with Arya Stark!
Hope you’ve enjoyed my review today, check out the picture below for the previous blogs and upcoming ones!
Tomorrow on the blog tour is Donna from Book Passion For Life!