Thursday 15 September 2016

{Blog Tour} Frost Like Night (Snow Like Ashes #3) by Sara Raasch

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Release Date: September 20th, 2016 
Finished Date: August 6th, 2016
Publishers: Harper360 UK
Genre: YA, Fantasy
Source: For Review
Format: ARC
Pages: 496
Buy: Amazon UK Amazon US / The Book Depo 
Game of Thrones meets Graceling in this shocking and action-packed fantasy—the highly anticipated final book in the New York Times bestselling Snow Like Ashes series.

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.

The Review: This series fast became a favourite of mine when Snow Like Ashes released a few years ago. Since then I’ve been eagerly awaiting the final book in the series because I was just dying to know how it all ends and if my favourite characters got the happy ending they deserved. Frost Like Fire was a great finale and it was much better than Ice Like Fire which I’m definitely glad for. So if you felt a little disappointed with the sequel, don’t worry people Sarah Raasch delivers a worthy ending.

I’m not even going to try and recap this book because there is so much going on that I don’t want to spoil it for you. But as you can already guess the book picks straight up from that major cliffhanger in Ice Like Fire and everything for Meira, Mather and Theron gets worse before it gets better. You’re thrown into their world of danger, magic and politics all so they can try and save their own kingdoms as well as their people.

Meira has come so far in such a short time. She’s always been a strong character, never one to back down but we did see her struggle in the sequel with everything that had happened but now she’s determined to win and save everyone she loves. She forces herself to become better, even stronger and learns how to use her magic conduct correctly and safely so she can defeat Angra – especially when the final outcomes relies on her. With her being the Queen it really can’t fall on anyone else’s shoulders. Mather also has a much stronger presences in the story, not only with his own chapters from his point of view but he starts to realise that he is needed just as much as Meira. Even though I do ship Theron more I do appreciate the bond that Meira and Mather have and it’s one that’s continued to grow over time. I can see how and why she turns to Mather when she needs him after Theron’s betrayal.

Now my only real complaint about the story was I wasn’t overly fussed with the new chapters from Ceridwen’s POV. Was it needed? Yes but maybe just not so much. I understand that all three characters have their own reasons for fighting Angra but I wanted the story to focus more on Meira, Mather and Theron really.

In all, I really enjoyed Frost Like Fire. It was a great conclusion to the series and it left me happy for the characters and while I’m happy I got to see their ending, I’d still be happy to read more from this world and from them. Or even a spin-off series maybe? Who knows! My fingers are crossed!

Thank you to Harper360 UK for giving me the opportunity to review this book in exchange for an honest review. 

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