Ice Like Fire

17404295by Sara Raasch
YA Fantasy
2 of 5 stars
sequel to Snow Like Ashes

Snow Like Ashes took a while to grab me, but once it did I enjoyed it. Unfortunately, this one failed to engage my interest. The bulk of it (and it is a hefty length) is spent on indecisive and repetitive politics. The fiery, headstrong Meira is gone, replaced by an unprepared child-queen desperate to protect Winter but without the assets or knowledge to do so. Facing this, she spends most of her time lamenting her lost status as a simple warrior and her ineptitude as a politician.

We get a split narration with Mather, but this doesn’t serve to move the plot along until about the two-thirds point. It was challenging to connect to Meira’s voice in the first book, and some pacing oddities prevented it from being a flawless debut. This book veers off in unexpected directions that spend a lot of time building up to a rushed and chaotic conclusion. All the action in the last 100 pages is cinematic but overwhelming after so much plodding exposition. Overall, the characters felt like they were being pushed through actions they didn’t fully support or understand. I’m not sure what to expect from the conclusion to the trilogy. This was a tough book to review, but I still hold out hope that the last book will make sense of it all.

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