Ice Like Fire (Snow Like Ashes Series #2)

Ice Like Fire (Snow Like Ashes Series #2)

by Sara Raasch


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ISBN-13: 9780062286956
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/13/2015
Series: Snow Like Ashes Series , #2
Pages: 496
Sales rank: 337,784
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.70(d)
Lexile: 910L (what's this?)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Sara Raasch has known she was destined for bookish things since the age of five, when her friends had a lemonade stand and she tagged along to sell her hand-drawn picture books too. Not much has changed since then: her friends still cock concerned eyebrows when she attempts to draw things, and her enthusiasm for the written word still drives her to extreme measures. She is the New York Times bestselling author of the Snow Like Ashes series, These Rebel Waves, and These Divided Shores. You can visit her online at and @seesarawrite on Twitter.

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Ice Like Fire 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sorry this is long It wasn't super great but not terrible either. I think if the author had more time with it, it would've been better. I don't think she's a bad author--she is very capable and her structure is solid even when using different voices--but she does a lot of internal questioning that I can't stand. Like if someone says something that progresses the mystery of the story, the main character constantly has to ask, "Why? Who's this, who's that?" I mean, I'm the reader so obviously I'm doing that anyway. Then long paragraphs of more internal grapplings before we are taken back to the original conversation. It's sort of confusing in that I have to go back a few pages to remember what they were talking about. Tbh, there isn't any point to doing any of these things because 1: I'm already doing what the main character is doing, and 2: I'll figure all that stuff out as the story progresses. I don't need a blow by blow of everything I supposedly need to know. Let ME do that, you know? But anyway, it made me skip a couple of paragraphs as a result. I skipped one of the latter chapters--SEMI-SPOILER when a guy shows up to save a certain someone--it was literally a recap of everything I just read. Why tell me how they got there when it can be done through dialogue of the two characters?--SEMI-SPOILER I wasn't too upset that there was more political conflicts than outright battles. Those kinds of stories can be even better than kicking and punching because the character can't assume everything she does will work out--her choices now could affect others down the road. It also builds the main character up in such a way that she gets stronger and better at dealing with others. It's great, and I would even contend to fleshing this out throughout the story. She sort of did this but it felt more contained to the specific region than overall (but she did talk about it sometimes). I feel that if the author had more time she could've expanded this more and made this more of the conflict. Instead it was more of the mystery over who or what The Order is/was. Not bad but since this was the main conflict it was only good when Meira found certain clues and items pertaining to it, which wasn't a lot (since a lot of this novel is bogged down in a ton of paragraphs). This is probably why the 2nd novel was hard because many things were going on but not really a central basis that could move the story along and make it worthwhile. Even though I didn't mind the two points of view (and I usually hate them so I see this book as a success more or less) I don't think it was very necessary. It was smart she made Mather in 3rd person pov only because authors usually have problems distinguishing both povs while writing. Even though I understand why she did it, I don't know if it was truly necessary. Maybe it will be in the next book? Most stuff Mather pov did was explain what's going on at home (not much besides a certain turn near the end), making the Children of the Thaw, and the ending. All that could've been explained later but it's not a big deal. Anyway, I enjoyed the author's writing but if she cuts her wordage, obvious internal questioning the reader already does, and constantly repeating things the main character already learned, it'll be much, much better. I really think 80-100 pages could've been cut out (which is pretty common for YA authors), but it's understandable the struggles she had with this book. I hope she gets more time with the next! (:
Anonymous 8 months ago
Plot twists galore and a love triangle to go with. I loved it so much.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was a mostly well written book but there still were a few aspect of the storyline I didn't enjoy
thereadingchick More than 1 year ago
This second novel in the Snow Like Ashes series was just as riveting as the first. Meira is settling into her role as queen of Winter, but being beholden to Cordell, is not how she see's her future. Theron, Noam of Cordell's son, and one of her love interest's from the first novel, is still by her side, but do his future plans coincide with hers? Sara Raasch does a great job of telling the story from two different perspectives, Meira's and Mather's (the previous thought to be ruler, and her childhood friend), seeing their lives mostly separate, but their visions for the kingdom, similar. One of my favorite things about the first book, Snow Like Ashes, was the journey Meira and her companions went on, both physically, and also their journey of self discovery. I was happy that both of these things are continued in Ice Like Fire. Meira in her new role, struggles, both internally and externally, and the reader feels her anguish over every decision, and is invested in the outcome. For me, Mather's feelings over his new role were difficult to read, but they were very effective in moving he story forward, so that the conclusion had even greater impact. The next novel, Frost Like Night, comes out on September 20th, and I am really eager to see what the future brings to these characters.
manduhpaigereads More than 1 year ago
So many feelings. Ice Like Fire was such a good second book in a series. There was such much action and it was fast paced and a LOT happened. I really can not wait for the next installment in this series. I highly recommend reading these books! And on another note, how amazing are all these covers?! They're so beautiful.
COBauer More than 1 year ago
Received a copy from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. ICE LIKE FIRE is an excellent follow-up to Sara Raasch’s debut, SNOW LIKE ASHES. We pick up about three months after the events of the last novel as Meira is coming to terms with her new role as Queen and attempting to rebuild her kingdom with the assistance of Cordell. Although it felt like a bit of a slow start, once Meira sets out on her quest, the pace picks up at a nice clip. I appreciate the ways in which the author meticulously established and built the foundation for this new story. Raasch truly has a gift for laying out the pieces of the puzzle for the reader to work through alongside the protagonist. I was constantly kept guessing. This is a fantastic way to keep readers on the edge of their seats. I noticed a few reviewers claimed that Meira’s behavior of fear and confusion were completely out of character, but I disagree. It’s important to keep in mind that this young woman just found out her entire life has been a lie—a person does not simply get over something like this in a matter of months. These characteristics are precisely what make Meira such a well rounded, relatable, and realistic protagonist. All in all, a great read. There were some seriously awesome twists at the end that left me dying for more. I cannot wait to see how the trilogy ends!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Such a crazy good seires so far
zoeyrosehawthorne More than 1 year ago
There's nothing for me to say except wow. Ice like Fire definitely wasn't a weak spot in the series, and I liked it better than Snow Like Ashes. Ice Like Fire continues where Snow Like Ashes left off, and Meira really begins to understand what really happened with Angra and what is happening to her. She is constantly striving to be a better her, but sometimes she ends up pushing her friends away in the process. It really gets interesting in Ice Like Fire. Sara Raasch introduces most of the other rulers in Primoria, and most have a secret agenda of their own. Enemies turn into allies, friendships are formed, and betrayal is in the air. I can't wait for Frost Like Night!! I really hope it is well written like Snow Like Ashes and Ice Like Fire. Sara Raasch is fantastic.
BlkosinerBookBlog More than 1 year ago
Disclaimer: I received this book as an ARC (advanced review copy). I am not paid for this review, and my opinions in this review are mine, and are not effected by the book being free. I wanted to read Ice Like Fire because I enjoyed the first book. I remember liking Meira as a main character, how strong she was and how much she was doing to help save her kingdom. The romance was okay for me because of the love triangle type set-up. I remembered a bit, and there was basic recap, but there were things mentioned that I had forgotten about. Now, I know that I have a bad memory, but there is usually a recap that catches us up on the big moments. But it felt like she just started writing and assumed that everyone would have good memory or had a chance to read back to back. That aside, I finally was able to get into the romance a bit, and that helps. Meira and Theron seemed like they had a good thing going, even though their engagement was called off. He still wanted to protect her and be with her. He was being a strong protector but still managing to respect the power and strength she has all on her own. We see Meira's people beginning to recover in some ways, but her heart goes out to them because Cordell is pushing hard for the mines, and discovering the magical chasm. That would make him even more powerful than she already is, and Meira is keeping the secret that she is the conduit, its not an object, its her. This is actually one of the things that was recapped and triggered some memory. I don't remember if it is this way in the first, but the point of view is split between Meira and Mather. It is interesting to get his view since in this one of course, the triangle shifts again. Ice Like Fire was slower paced, and I found myself skimming at times. There were some action and character development but the politics was just slower for me, and there was a lot of maneuvering as Meira tries to gain allies, and find out the keys to the chasm before it comes in the wrong hands. Towards the end of the book, it picked up and the plot really moved along. I am not sure if I will be finishing the series, but I am curious how it will go. Bottom Line: Slower, case of middle book maybe?
AsDreamsAreMade More than 1 year ago
Original Review Link: OMG THIS BOOK. AND MY FEELINGS. OH MY WORD. Now that that’s out of the way… The story picks up three months after the events of Snow Like Ashes. Meira is trying to figure out her role as Queen while balancing who she is, along with rebuilding her kingdom. King Noam is a constant threat hanging over her with his need to find the lost chasm of magic. When circumstances force her on a tour of the neighboring kingdoms, looking for aid, Meira will be faced with decisions she never thought possible and betrayals she never saw coming. I just. Wow, guys. No, seriously. I really enjoyed the first book in this trilogy, but this one just hit it out of the park. No middle book syndrome here! Meira really comes into her own in this book. It takes her a little while to get there, but by the end she finally learns to trust her instincts and make the choices she knows are right, even if they’re not the easiest. Her journey is far from over and I’m SO anxious to see how some of the plot’s revelations are going to shape her in the final installment. Now, Theron. We all know I love me some Theron, but he was just UGH in this book. You wanted to slap him, but then THE END. THE END!!! You think “how could I have been so stupid!” Surprisingly enough, I really liked Mather in this book. His struggle with coming to terms with his new identity make you really empathize with him. You realize he really does want what’s best for Winter. Having been bred to be King, he’s the only one who truly knows what Meira is going through and he wishes he could lift that burden from her shoulders; it’s admirable. We’re introduced to Ceridwen, Princess of Summer and sister to Simon, King of Summer. Can I just say how much I LOVED Ceridwen? She’s awesome and I loved her complicated relationship with Simon. On the surface you see her completely loath him and everything he stands for, but by the end you really see that she struggles with her love for him as her brother and what she has to do for her people. The plot keeps you guessing. You have your suspicions, but I’m telling you, you’re never gonna see it coming. That ending had me chomping at the bits. SO MUCH HAPPENS. I just couldn’t handle it. I’m still a bit numb. I need the next book, because I’m so excited about where this one left off and what it tells us about what will happen in the next one. Don’t walk, RUN to get this.
Adriyanna More than 1 year ago
Actual rating 4.5. Ice Like Fire is the sequel to Snow Like Ashes and author Sara Raasch provides us with a better view of Primoria as well as greater problems for our favourite characters to solve. Ice Like Fire has a different feel when compared to SLA, I think due to the writing and theme. This novel doesn’t carry that middle-book syndrome and in a way stands out on it’s own as a sequel. It’s not a standalone so don’t go reading this before SLA, but it’s a satisfying sequel. The main characters do a lot of traveling in this novel and I loved that we get an in-depth experience of Summer, Yakim and Ventralli. Summer was my favourite, mainly because of the landscape and Raasch is really talented at describing the kingdoms. It was easy for me to imagine everything Meira observes. All of these kingdoms are corrupt, Summer more blatant than the others and Meira struggles with that. On top of those struggles, she’s gone from Meira the soldier to Meira the queen in basically a night so she has a lot of conflict to solve within herself. An intriguing aspect of this journey, Meira learns that just because a conduit is someone’s birthright doesn’t necessarily mean they deserve or even know how to use that power. It’s for this reason that Meira connects to and looks up to Ceridwen, the Princess of Summer as a sort of remodel. She’ll never have magic, but that doesn’t stop her from trying to save Summer, even from her own brother, Simon. The POV is split between Meira and Mathor and what’s great about this is that I get to know Mathor on a deeper level. I’ll be honest, I didn’t really care too much about him in SLA and while I didn’t hate him, I wouldn’t have cared if he died. Now I’m more involved in him and can better understand him as a character. Something important to note – Meira’s POV is first person present tense while Mathor is third person past tense. I didn’t realize this at first so this played mind games on me. I do agree this was better for their individual voices, but this change in writing did contribute to that different feel to SLA. Another thing I disliked was the way a particular character was taken. It was a total 360 compared to how they were portrayed in SLA. It just didn’t seem realistic to me. Something that was really fascinating for me were the relationships between characters and just how significant that conflict was for the main cast. Before the start of this novel, Meira and Mathor’s relationship is already broken, both not having seen each other for months. Mathor is really upset by this and hopes building back Winter for Meira can help fix it. During the novel, Meira and Theron’s relationship is slowly breaking mainly because of their standpoint on magic. The chasm can give magic to everyone, but Meira doesn’t believe this should happen. She’s thinking about the decay that’s spreading across Primoria when there’s only 8 conduits. Theron thinks there’ll be more good than bad so both are working towards their own goals. I always love reading conflict like this because it makes an epic fantasy world all the more realistic. I did have trouble putting a face to some of the minor characters. I remembered the characters but not necessarily who was who so a little re-introduction would have been great. For the most part, this novel felt different from SLA which wasn’t a bad thing, but I loved that in the last 20% or so I got that similar feel to SLA. I received an eARC for a honest review.
terferj More than 1 year ago
OMG that ending! Those last few chapters building up to that ending had me in tears, made me anxious, in shock, and now upset I have to wait until the third book to come out to see how everything goes. I'm hoping that Meira can accomplish what she needs to do to save everyone and I'm hoping EVERYONE. Okay let's start with how I liked the book....I really liked that this deals with the chasm and keys that must be found. It made their exploration to the other kingdoms an interesting journey. I liked that this took place in Summer, Yakim, and Ventralli. I loved how different they are from each other; from wardrobe to the weather to the buildings to the people living in it. I can say I truly hate Summer! Haha. I've always disliked the weather and now I can say I hate the make believe kingdom too. I really liked that Mather got a few chapters. I practically wrote him off in the last book. I can now see there is more to him. Mather is finally starting to understand what needs to be and gets a better feel on his emotions. Then there's Theron; while he has a good heart, he did very crappy things and I mean very crappy. I'm so sad. I was teetering between both boys while reading this but now I'm at a standstill. Oh Meira, Meira, Meira. I felt that Meira did lose herself a little bit. She wasn't quite who I grew to admire in the last book. But I understand that there's a lot riding on those cold shoulders of hers and she had to come off as what she thought was expected. But I just wanted her badassery throughout. So, now I'll leave my most favorite quote in the book I found: "No one should be forced to be something they aren't." Words to live by.
Andrea17 More than 1 year ago
Thanks to Leigh Bardugo and Sarah J. Maas I've recently gotten more into high fantasy novels. I can now safely add Sara Raasch to that list. When I first listened to Snow Like Ashes, I immediately fell in love with Sara's writing and story telling. I've found that with audio books my mind can wander, but that was not the case with Snow Like Ashes. I was hooked, engaged, and wanted more. Upon finishing Ice Like Fire, I'm so glad to say that it's just as hooking (that doesn't sound right . . .), engaging, and want inducing. Ice Like Fire picks up a bit after Snow Like Ashes left off. Meira is still trying to get into the mind set of "queen" instead of "warrior." She sneaks out with her chakram to attack snowmen, to the delight of Winter's children, but does her best to be the queen Winter needs her to be and her fellow Snow Like Ashes refugees except her to be. In an alternating narrative, Mather is struggling just as much. He's still coming to terms with no longer being the king and ruler of Winter, while attempting to train Winterians soldiers under the gaze of Cordell. Much like Snow Like Ashes, Ice Like Fire kept me intrigued from the beginning. Although Winter has been claimed and Angra defeated, the Winterians are still fighting for freedom. They have their homes and lives back, but while there is a semblance of freedom they're just as trapped under Cordell as they were under Spring. After finding Primoria’s lost chasm of magic Meira leaves Winter to meet with the other kingdoms in search of help against Cordell and Noam, who is becoming increasing more demanding, while Mather stays behind in Winter with William, a.k.a. Sir. The juxtaposition of Meira's and Mather's storylines makes for a truly engaging read. I love getting to meet the other Rhythms and Seasons and how different, yet similar, they really are. While I enjoy both storylines, I do favor Meira's over Mather's. Watching her struggle between her two identities makes for truly interesting characterization and I enjoy her a lot more than I did in Snow Like Ashes. She is navigating completely foreign territory (see what I did there?), but is becoming stronger and more sure of herself. She is becoming the warrior queen that Winter needs and the woman she was always meant to be. Sara's writing is spot on. She has created a deeply detailed and vibrant world, full on vivid imagery and unique characters. (Ceridwen, Summer's princess, is my new favorite edition to the series. She is feisty and strong, and becomes the perfect ally and friend to Meira.) If you read and enjoyed Snow Like Ashes, you're definitely going to want to go out (today!) and get yourself a copy of Ice Life Fire.
Alyssa75 More than 1 year ago
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog*** Ice Like Fire by Sara Raasch Book Two of the Snow Like Ashes series Publisher: Balzer + Bray Publication Date: October 13, 2015 Rating: 1 star Source: ARC sent by the publisher Summary (from Goodreads): 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. What I Liked: Ahem. Keep reading. The one thing I can think of that I liked was maybe all the times Meira realized that she was wrong or stupid. Oops? What I Did Not Like: Ahh. This review is going to be a struggle to write, I already know it. I've eaten ice cream, a pre-one-star-review treat - sustenance? I had a feeling, before I started this one, that it wouldn't go well for me. So I already had super low expectations for this book, despite liking Snow Like Ashes. I'll try to be as brief as possible, because I don't want to accidentally spoil anything, I don't want this to be a long and boring review, and I don't want to talk about this book longer than I have to. I'll start with Meira - gosh, I hated her in this book. I don't have to like a single person (this is directed at all those people who hate it when a reader hates a female protagonist), and I did not like Meira. I think I liked her in Snow Like Ashes? But I could not stand her in this book. Maybe it was the constant "I want to save the world" or "I am Queen" or "Winter is EVERYTHING". Those thoughts going through Meira's head were SO ANNOYING. Literally all she thought about were these things. Dang, girl, you need something cute in your life, like a puppy. Or an obsession with chocolate. Chill the f*** out. There are zero warm and fuzzy moments in this book, no times when I was like awww, Meira, or hahaha, Meira you're hilarious. Nope. This book was entirely gloom and doom, and a ridiculous set of gloom and doom. Meira makes a lot of stupid, non-queenly decisions, and she realizes it as she goes. I LIVED for those scenes when she realized how dumb she had been, after every "thing" that she did badly. Read the rest of my review on my blog, The Eater of Books! - eaterofbooks DOT blogspot DOT com :)
KelsontheBruce More than 1 year ago
Ice Like Fire packs a punch, combining the best of SLA with the excitement of the unexplored. Author Raasch has delivered truly an elevated story, and seeing the world through dual points of view makes it even more captivating as a reader. ILF has shown Raasch to be the maturing author she is. With so many stories out there selling the same scenes in every book, I realize many readers might prefer glazing over the same explosive story, retold again and again, but not me. I grew up reading books that required commitment. For a story’s plot to evolve, it takes time, and some readers aren’t willing to do that. But for those of you who are, I guarantee ILF will not disappoint! With this sequel, Raasch has sculpted the world further, opening it up to all its inner workings, both political and cultural. Winter and Spring kingdoms, look out – you’re not alone anymore. I was glad to see Meira, Mather, and Theoron faced with new challenges in uncharted environments. While ILF may not pull you through countless bloody battles like SLA, what Raasch has built in ILF will leave you holding your breath and wanting more.
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