MINI MONDAY: Frost Like Night by Sara Raasch

You can check out my review for the first book in this series, Snow Like Ashes, here

This entire series has been a love-hate relationship for me, and Frost Like Night was no exception. I truly wanted to love this book wholly and completely – the premise is so interesting, the plot finally building towards a peak that has been promised since the beginning – and yet, in the end, it still fell short for me. The writing didn’t fit the tone, the story felt rushed, and the conclusion simply felt like a cheap cop-out, if I’m to be blunt.

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, Meira 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.

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Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch

“Even the strongest blizzards start with a single snowflake.” – Meira (Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch)

I received this book, and its subsequent sequel (Ice Like Fire) as gifts for Christmas. While the concept seemed interesting, I had been hesitant to buy these books for myself, as they seemed somewhat juvenile, in terms of the writing style and language. Turns out, I was right on both counts- Snow Like Ashes was both a fascinating read, however the writing was definitely rough around the edges and not as well rounded as it could have been. So, without further ado, let’s get into it.

The continent of Primoria is a continent divided besnowlikeashestween Season and Rhythms alike. Winter, Spring, Summer and Autumn rule over countries perpetually locked in their respective season. Rhythms
rule over more volatile lands, where the rhythms of nature still hold sway and normal seasonal changes occur. 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. Training to be a warrior she would do anything to help Winter rise to power again. So when scouts discover the location of half of the ancient locket that can restore Winter’s magic, Meira decides to go after it herself, setting off a catastrophic chain of events that launches her headfirst into politics, love and war.

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