Review: Frost Like Night by Sara Raasch

Monday, August 29, 2016

Snow Like Ashes #3
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Publication Date: September 20th, 2016
Rating: 4 Stars
Source: Gifted ARC
Pages: 496

Summary (from Goodreads):

Angra is alive, his Decay is spreading—and no one is safe.

Meira will do anything to save her world. With Angra trying to break through her mental defenses, she desperately needs to learn to control her own magic—so when the leader of a mysterious Order from Paisly offers to teach her, she jumps at the chance. But the true solution to stopping the Decay lies in a labyrinth deep beneath the Season Kingdoms. To defeat Angra, Meira will have to enter the labyrinth, destroy the very magic she’s learning to control—and make the biggest sacrifice of all.

Mather will do anything to save his queen. He needs to rally the Children of the Thaw, find Meira—and finally tell her how he really feels. But with a plan of attack that leaves no kingdom unscathed and a major betrayal within their ranks, winning the war—and protecting Meira—slips farther and farther out of reach.

Ceridwen will do anything to save her people. Angra had her brother killed, stole her kingdom, and made her a prisoner. But when she’s freed by an unexpected ally who reveals a shocking truth behind Summer’s slave trade, Ceridwen must take action to save her true love and her kingdom, even if it costs her what little she has left.

As Angra unleashes the Decay on the world, Meira, Mather, and Ceridwen must bring the kingdoms of Primoria together…or lose everything.

Frost Like Night picks up right were Ice Like Fire left off. Meira and her gang are in the Ventrallan dungeons. She needs to head to Paisley with Rares to learn to control her magic and Mather and his Children of the Thaw are charged with saving the Ventrallan king from his wife who is now working with Angra and is infused with the Decay.

Meira has to learn to control her magic before she will be able to face off with Angra and to destroy all magic in Primoria. She will face a lot of hardships between the beginning of this book and the end where she will have to make a pretty big sacrifice for the greater good. But she does it with grace while leading her people to a brighter future.

This book has betrayal, sacrifice, romance, heartbreak, death, and a little bit of everything in between. This series had a bit of a love triangle in the beginning, but it's definitely not anymore. The romance is sweet and the relationship between Meira and the other guy is nice. I liked the way this was resolved and even though I would have been happy either way, I think that this way was probably for the best. 

This book is told from three points of view Meira in the first person and then Mather and Ceridwen in the third person. If I had to choose anything to complain about in this book, it would be the fact that Meira's training in Paisley felt too conveniently fast. She seemed to struggle with her magic quite a bit before, but she gets everything down so fast, it almost felt pointless to even have her go to Paisley to train.

Also, I thought that we were supposed to get a deeper look into Autumn and Paisley in this book. You DO get a bit of a look into things in Autumn. You see how Autumn weddings and funerals are done, but that's about it. And you really don't learn much of anything about Paisley except some stuff about their magic.

Overall, I enjoyed this book. I quite liked this series and this was a satisfying ending. I wish I would have reread the first two before reading this one to have a clearer picture in my head of what was going on, but I think I'll binge read all three when I get a hardcover of this one. I don't think my review really does this book justice, but sometimes I find series finales really hard to review without just spouting all of the events of the book out at you so I hope you get from this that I really enjoyed it!

Have you read Snow Like Ashes or Ice Like Fire? Are you looking forward to this book? What did you think of the first two?

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