Series Status: The 2nd book in the Snow Like Ashes trilogy
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Page Count: 479
Synopsis: It’s been three months since the Winterians were freed and Spring’s king, Angra, disappeared. 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.
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 Meira and Theron 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.
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.
Review: I have so many things I want to say about this book. This was not at all what I was expecting, in a good way. This was very surprising. There were so many plot twists that I never saw coming. I never would have suspected anything that happened in this. Ever. It was a very pleasant surprise. The only issue with this book was that there was not as much fighting. It was not as action-packed, I think. But, it was filled with politics and treachery, and deceit. I really enjoyed reading in Mather’s perspective. His story was more interesting to me than Meira’s, as well as The Children of the Thaw. Everyone always loved Theron, but I was always all for Mather, and it was very nice to have more of him in this book than Theron. I also really loved the addition of the character Ceridwen, I thought she was intriguing and complex. Overall, I greatly enjoyed this, and I cannot wait until the final book comes out for this trilogy.
I give this 4.5/5 stars and would highly recommend it to fans of fantasy.
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