5 Reasons Why Ice Like Fire Should Be Your Next Read

Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Title: Ice Like Fire
Author: Sara Raasch
First Published: 19th of October 2015 (Aus)
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Source: Publishing House Harper Collins were kind enough to provide me a ARC

Order your copy from The Book Depository (free shipping worldwide) to support the blog

or from Booktopia | Wordery | Bookworld

Ice like Fire is the sequel to the epic Snow Like Ashes book. The review to this book can be found here.

Goodreads Synopsis:

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

My Thoughts:

Oh my ... I am lost for words. This sequel has been one of the most epic, devastatingly heartbreaking and delicious reads of 2015. May I just quickly take a moment now to thank the publishing house, Harper Collins for providing a early copy for me. Like this book has literally changed my views on fantasy all together. I don't want to scare everyone entirely on it's greatness, so I'll sum it up in 5 simple reasons why Ice Like Fire should be your next read.

1. If you think Snow Like Ashes was epic, think again. Ice Like Fire basically defines the word epic. So many events happen in this book that may leave you crying, slowly dying with your OTP's frying. Yes, questions such as, "Does he/she really deserve her/his love?", "Is he/she really stupid ?", "I believe in you, do you?" and the classic "Do you wanna die or are you going to be a good little character and love the other character?". I walked away from this book with so many new OTPs that it's ridiculous. I'm also #TeamMather now... Also, you'll walk away wanting to hug your Mother and Brothers more often and force them to love you.

2. The world building in the book was spectacular becoming more detailed with Meira visiting different lands which has gorgeous imagery. I myself enjoyed all the details Sara made for each kingdom. It was like I was in each land myself, touching and feeling everything, enjoying the laughs people had in Summer, wanting to expand my own knowledge like the people of Yakim and wanting to explore my art like the people in Ventralli. Each kingdom's description was glorious and just breathtaking. I wish the world Sara created was real. All of you need to read it to experience my need for this world to exist.

May I also add that I loved the lullaby that was implemented into the book. It is so beautiful that I sing it now and again. Here are the lyrics if you're wondering.

Lay your head upon the snow. Lay your sorrow in the ice. 
For all that once was calm, sweet child, will belong to you tonight.
Lay your heart upon the snow. Lay your tears in the ice.
For all that once was still, sweet child, will belong to you tonight.

*Inserts a million tears on how much this lullaby hurts*

3. New characters - Ice Like Fire introduces so many new characters with some being the definition of evil and some just as mysterious. But one character you guys would not want to miss out on is the kickass Summerian, Ceridwen. She's abit older than Meira, but in every way, Ceridwen is just like Meira, just a tad bit more feisty. She's a wonderful addition into the world Primoria. 

Also the boys and girl Mather befriends are also classic dudes (especially Phil) who I can totally see myself being friends with too. These boys and girl form The Children of the Thaw with Mather. These wonderful new characters in this kickass group are Trace, Hollis, Phil, Kiefer, Eli and Feige, who "Throw(s) insults and truths with more accuracy than any adult" earning her the nickname ghost.

The supply of new characters was bountiful making me want to explore Sara's world more, to gain more knowledge on who these people really are. That is why you need to read it. To explore the new characters and hack away their shells to expose their souls.

4. Point of views. That's right guys more than one point of view. We finally get to see what Mather thinks. Mather's POV is written in third person where as Meira's is in first. This sounds very confusing and something that some people would find very uncomfortable to read because of the switching of the different types of writing but Sara writes Ice Like Fire in a way both POV's compliment each other making it a breeze to read.

5. Lastly, the feels. You need to read this book so you can suffer the same feels that I have been suffering from, like forever. Moments that crushed me include when Theron said
I'll always fight for you. I'll always keep you safe
There is still an us... There will always be an us

 or when Meira said
I'll play along, you arrogant pig. I'll pretend to be an obedient little queen until I can crush you
I'd choose you if it wouldn't unravel who I need to be 
I'm not just me anymore. I'm a whole kingdom, and I can't make mistakes. 
Like there is so many emotions this book plays with. I can't even even. Just ugh. Someone please read it and talk to me about it, cause it's breaking my heart.

So there it is guys, the five reasons you should pick up Ice Like Fire. If my review (that has taken me 3 days to write because I didn't want to leave anything out... and because I'm extremely sick) hasn't convince you, then my rating should.

The Verdict:

Ice Like Fire was an addictive read, containing all the right ingredients producing an epic fantasy novel that will linger in your thoughts even after finishing the book. My rating for this book is illogical but Ice Like Fire has deserved each book rating. I have awarded Ice Like Fire with 7  out of 5 books. Thanks Sara for writing a novel that I have reread more times than I have fingers and toes. You are genius and I cannot wait to see what you have install for us in the last book... *cries* I can't believe it's happening. The trilogy is ending.

1 comment on "5 Reasons Why Ice Like Fire Should Be Your Next Read"
  1. Looks good! I read Snow like Ashes a year ago and I enjoyed it very much. It wasn't my absolute favorite but Meira certainly does grow as a character.


Yarn with us and share your thoughts below!