Monday, December 19, 2016

Review: Frost Like Night by Sara Raasch

Title: Frost Like Night
Author: Sara Raasch
Publisher: Balzer and Bray
Release Date: September 20, 2016

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.

I bought this book in store on the day it released. I happened to get the only copy my BAM had, so go me.

Yes, it took me a while to begin reading it. But I'm really glad I finally did.

I think one of the biggest problems I had while reading Frost Like Night was my memory of Ice Like Fire. I managed to forget... a lot. I have some questions, actually, that I'm still confused about. I'm pretty certain they were explained in the second book, but my memory at the moment is pretty shoddy.

That said, even without a perfect memory I still thoroughly enjoyed the book. I had guessed pretty much everything ahead of time during Ice Like Fire, but Frost Like Night managed to throw in a surprise or two (really only a couple for me though lol). But even with a slightly predictable plot, the book sent me on quite the ride.

Okay, so what about our precious characters? Well, I can't say too much, because I don't want to give away any spoilers. But I will say that I think their stories wrapped up very nicely. I loved the personal growth that Meira went through, especially in the beginning of the book. And I loved Mather even more. I was so glad to get to see more of King Jesse, and especially more of all the different kingdoms. There was only one character who I (unfortunately) could not connect with. At all. And that was Ceridwen. But she seems to be a favorite amongst others, so I'm likely the odd one out.

Characters: 4 stars
Plot: 4 stars
Writing: 5 stars
World: 5 stars
The Feels: 4 stars

4.5 Stars

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