Frost Like Night

28512486by Sara Raasch
YA Fantasy
4 of 5 stars

This series had so many ups and downs for me–the first book intrigued me, the second bored me, and this one brought everything together in a satisfying conclusion!

Meira receives a guide to ending Angra’s decay when Rares appears and offers to impart all the knowledge of the Order of the Lustrate. Mather wants to protect Meira at all costs–which is difficult when he realizes she’s gone to Paisley without him. And Ceridwen has no time to heal her broken heart–someone has to organize an army to help Meira and that’s her. All of them have only days to defeat Angra before the Decay claims all the kingdoms and binds them into an empire of fear and darkness.

Meira’s journey is emotional and struck the same chords as other fantasy trilogies I read this year–I love reading about these young women finding confidence in themselves despite terrible hardships and overwhelming responsibilities.

Mather and Ceridwen have equally powerful character arcs which is such a refreshing thing. Sometimes side characters don’t have the same vibrancy but in this book I was never inclined to skip ahead to Meira’s chapters. Mather must come to terms with what protecting Meira truly means, and Ceridwen has to decide if the deep scars on her heart will ever let her live and love again.

There is a lot of plot to cover in this finale but battle plans and information are deftly handled for the most part. (There’s a bit of a rush to explain how all the magic works and what Meira needs to do but after that it’s smooth sailing). It’s not a perfect happily ever after but it’s an ending worthy of the characters. Definitely my favorite book of the trilogy!

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Similar reads:

  • The Winner’s Kiss by Marie Rutkoski – This is another immensely satisfying end to a trilogy. Kestrel and Arin have never been further apart, but both of them are working to end the war between their kingdoms. Kestrel must survive and escape a work camp, and Arin must decide if he can forgive the girl he loves–especially now that their relationship hangs by a thread. See my review here.
  • Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor – An incredible end to an incredible trilogy! Karou and Akiva strive to bring peace between seraphs and chimaera with the added complication of seraphs invading present-day Earth. This book astounded me with the complexity of its plot and characters! See my review here.
  • Truthwitch by Susan Dennard – This is a fast-paced story with multiple kingdoms all fighting to capture Safi, a rare Truthwitch than can always tell truth from lies. The pacing and multitude of complicate character relationships remind me a lot of the Snow Like Ashes trilogy. See my review here.
  • Abhorsen by Garth Nix – The end of the first three books finds Lirael and Sabriel fighting to destroy Orannis before the dark power destroys the world. It’s an epic end to the story of two women discovering their powers and their destinies to step in when no one else can.

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