Publisher: Harper 360 UK
Genre: YA, Fantasy
Source: a copy in exchange for an honest review
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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, she 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.
Princess of the Summer court and all round badass, not to mention another character whom I adoreeeee. We have the fire-y red hair and a steely look of determination!
Yes, Stannis Baratheon is how I picture Sir. The armour and just look at that no-nonsense look on his face.
The story picks up straight away from where Ice Like Fire ends and we see Meira struggling with the events of the last book as she becomes separated from everyone else really early on in this book. She finds herself in Paisly where members of the Order teach her to control her magic and manipulate it to serve her, we also see them help her deal with other things she has been struggling with mentally and at first she resists because the idea of being away while everyone she cares about is still in trouble holds her back.
Thinking back to Snow Like Ashes, it’s clear to see that there has been so much character development with the main characters, especially in the last book. We see Meira struggle with her feelings for Theron and the guilt she feels because of how things ended with him in the Ice Like Fire. We also see Mather become mature and deal with problems he’s been ignoring since the beginning of the story, and stand up for himself a lot more in terms of personal relationships. There was this one scene between him and Sir that had me crying puddles. So make sure you keep the tissues handy. I have to admit that I do wish we’d seen a little bit more of Theron since it’s the last book.
Let’s talk about Ceridwen aka my favourite character in this book. We finally get a Ceridwen POV in Frost Like Night and it was such a fantastic addition to the story. I adore her so much, she’s feisty and full of humour and passion. I seriously adored reading from her POV more than anyone else’s, which surprised me a little.
The plot was amazing. Since this is the last book in the series, it’s basically what the entire trilogy was building up to – defeating Angra once and for all – and I loved the amount of action and emotion that was in this book. We got to learn a lot about other seasons and rhythm courts, and meet some new characters – like members of the Order. Reading about the Order was one of my favourite things about Frost Like Night. I know it was touched on in Ice Like Fire but we learn a lot more about the them and what happened to them over the years.
Since this was the last book in the trilogy, I was a little wary but I feel like it was a strong conclusion to such an amazing and emotional trilogy. This last book made me cry a lot, and I was in a slump for a week or so afterwards as I tried to wrap my head around everything that happened. The Snow Like Ashes trilogy and the characters mean a lot to me and I loved watching it develop. I can’t wait to read more from Sara Raasch and I’m already looking forward to her next book! This is a trilogy I would definitely recommend, and have
shoved down the throats recommended to so many readers.