Series: Snow Like Ashes #3
Published by Balzer + Bray on September 20th 2016
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
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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.
Have you ever picked up a book that you’ve waited for what feels like forever to read, only to be let down and underwhelmed over how flat the book fell?
This is the story of what happened with the Frost Like Night and I. Every chapter felt like a struggle to get through, the characters are suddenly more 2 dimensional than ever, the pace too fast, the relationships spurned out quicker and heavier than Harry Potter could say quidditch.
I don’t know if it was the book, me, or if I was still struggling from a post-Empire-of-Storms hangover that I couldn’t fully enjoy this book. But in all honesty, I feel like it was more about the book itself than anything else.
The worst part about this reading experience was that I throughly enjoyed the last two instalments, and wanted this one to be just as good as the last two. The ending to the last book left you pining for this one. Frost Like Night on the other hand felt far too superficial and bland. It wasn’t exciting. It lacked the depth of the worldbuilding it had built up over the last two novels. It became a case of Meira did this, Meira did that, Mather complained about something/thought endlessly about his sudden realisation that Meira is actually hot, Random insert from Ceridwen so we can pump out the romance factor even further, Meira miraculously learning how to control her powers in a chapter because wow! There was a war going on here as if we could forget it etc etc.
It was anticlimactic.
Where I would have been heartbroken over a certain characters death had it occured in one of the last 2 books, I just didn’t care anymore. I just turned the page as if it never happened.
The book was actually quite nauseating in some instances. The ‘romance’ (mainly between Meira and Mather) left me rolling my eyes and begging for a quick death.
If it wasn’t for Ceridwen then this book would have plummeted even further into the abyss of “why did this book have to suck?” In the end I put down this book and all I could think was, ‘thank god that’s over’.