Frost Like Night – Sara Raasch – Snow Like Ashes #3 – Balzer + Bray – published 20 September 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 defences, 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.
Frost Like Night is the third and final instalment in the Snow Like Ashes series. I have truly loved and treasured this series. A deeply layered and creative fantasy world, an abundance of loveable characters, the end of a love triangle that is very satisfying, epic adventure, danger, fighting, makeshift families, love, friendship, fabulous scenery, a strong and likeable female lead character and romance (multiple romances) that has your toes curling and you jumping up and down in glee (or maybe that’s just me). Who wouldn’t love fantasy books when they are written like this!!
Finally we get to return to Primoria, return to the Winter Princess Meira as she fights to save not only her homeland and people but all inhabitants of Primoria. This battle will be the culmination of everything Meria, Mather, Sir, and the people of Winter have spent their lives fighting for.
The start of Frost Like Night launches the reader straight back into the action, picking up where Ice Like Fire left off. It is so wonderful to return to these vibrant characters who feel more like dear friends. This time, the story is narrated by Meira as well as Mather and Ceridwen. The three perspectives provide a nice balance between all the action, as well as an insight into the personal lives of more characters.
Frost Like Night brings to completion all of the action, drama and tension of Snow Like Ashes and Ice Like Fire. There are battles, as well as a final battle, newly revealed secrets, heartbreak, allegiances, death, grief, kisses and even a wedding. I thought that there was a balanced level of both joy and sorrow. There is something about a fantasy novel that pushes the boundaries, dares you to feel everything. The grief only makes the joy shine that much brighter. It’s tumultuous, painful, fun and so very enjoyable.
And on the romance front, can I just say: YES!!!! A thousand times, YES!!! Consider me very happy. And there are numerous love stories tangled in this book to enjoy (and delight and swoon over).
I have loved reading this series and very highly recommend it.
Category: Young adult fiction.
Themes: Magic, romance, love, family, freedom, royalty, war, battles, alliances.
Reading age guide: Ages 13 and up.
Advisory: Implied sex scenes and sexual references. Violence, descriptions of battles, torture and injuries.
Published: 20 September 2016 by Balzer+Bray.
Format: Hardcover, paperback, ebook, audiobook. 496 pages.