Book Review: Ice Like Fire – Sara Raasch

I am republishing this blog post because it seems to have been unfinished at the time I posted it.


On the twentieth day of November my true love (wait i dont have one) gave to me

So yea i actually haven’t read shit in November, since I’m focusing on NaNoWriMo. Gotta balance book life and school life. Life’s a biatch. (this was written in November 21)


Name: Ice Like Fire
Author: Sara Raash
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Release Date: October 13, 2015


It’s been three months since the Winterians were freed and Spring’s king, Angra, disappeared—thanks largely to the help of Cordell.

Meira just wants her people to be safe. When Cordellan debt forces the Winterians to dig their mines for payment, they unearth something powerful and possibly dangerous: Primoria’s lost chasm of magic. Theron sees this find as an opportunity—with this much magic, the world can finally stand against threats like Angra. But Meira fears the danger the chasm poses—the last time the world had access to so much magic, it spawned the Decay. So when the king of Cordell orders the two on a mission across the kingdoms of Primoria to discover the chasm’s secrets, Meira plans to use the trip to garner support to keep the chasm shut and Winter safe—even if it means clashing with Theron. But can she do so without endangering the people she loves?

Mather just wants to be free. The horrors inflicted on the Winterians hang fresh and raw in Januari—leaving Winter vulnerable to Cordell’s growing oppression. When Meira leaves to search for allies, he decides to take Winter’s security into his own hands. Can he rebuild his broken kingdom and protect them from new threats?

As the web of power and deception weaves tighter, Theron fights for magic, Mather fights for freedom—and Meira starts to wonder if she should be fighting not just for Winter, but for the world.

Book Cover Comments

What I really like about the cover -other than featuring Meira’s signature weapon- is that its actually like a spiral throughout the series, and the chakram progresses as the series goes on, so from two panels, we now have three, and it shows the main kingdoms concerned in the story. It’s gorgeous!

The Actual Review

Now onto the book?

Not so gorgeous.

I actually didn’t find book 2 as exciting as book 1. Yea, I’m sure there are interesting political and event development and character development, especially for Theron. Oh and reader, I know you’re in for a really good plot twist.

But here’s the thing.

Meira and Mather are literally the most annoying non-couple lovebirds ever.

I’m sure everyone by now knows that Meira and Mather (note that Meira also have sparks with Theron, but Mather was first *ahem*) at least has some sort of spark between them, but Mather kept avoiding Meira (sounds familiar, right) and the two of them don’t really God damn interact even though they think about each other, and there’s sort of that push and pull which caused my brain cells to die.

What was fun about this book is that we get to check out one or two other kingdoms as the worldview expands to beyond just Spring and Winter anymore: as everyone moves on from the previous war thinking that it is all over: when it actually isn’t.

(the following is updated content as of Dec 2018)

But honestly, if this blog post hung two months the first time I tried to write it and it seems like a whole chunk of this review was missing now that I checked it 6 months later, this book probably lowkey bored me. I’m not even sure how I gave it 4 stars on Goodreads but whatever/

Theron played a good role in this book to add to the weight of the plot, and that part was very intense. Then you have the fact that book one’s villain makes a return and its not so happy after all. But what drives this book is really Meira’s fate after the revelation in book one. And that’s all there really is.

Overall, this is a politics-heavy driven book, and I have come to a conclusion that I really don’t like fantasy books with politics, so I’m considering DNF-ing the rest of the series.

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Joanne Lumiere

Joanne is the narcissistic founder of her book blog, Joanne Lumiere. Born and raised in Hong Kong, this 18 year old brat is currently attending college in Los Angeles, and still doesn't know how to read books with sophistication, and yet she runs a blog.

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