Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Series: Snow Like Ashes, book 3
Recommend to Others?: Yes
Favorite Quote: “Wanting isn’t weak…Wanting is a drive. A goal. Without wanting, what would we be? Empty, I think.”
Favorite Passage: “You act as though love is a goal you only achieve after so long spent working at it. And yes, work is involved, but at the end of it all, love is a choice – the kind you have with a spouse, with your people, with yourself. If you acted on those things only when you felt them, you’d be like most people – eternally waiting for a feeling that may or may not come. But if you choose, every day, to love yourself no matter what – then, dear heart, nothing can stop you.”
How do you defeat an evil force that’s been cultivating for centuries? How do you battle against powerful external and internal forces simultaneously? What are you willing to sacrifice to ensure a peaceful future?
With Angra’s Decay spreading and infecting everyone in its path, it seems like this will be an unwinnable war. Meira, Mather, and Ceridwen must gather what limited resources there are left in the now fractured Primoria. Magic will either be their salvation or downfall. This will be a true test of faith, courage, strength, resilience, and love. Failure isn’t an option anymore. What choice do they have?
A long read but worth it. I’m very satisfied with how everything came together as the conclusion of this series.
Frost Like Night picks up right where Ice Like Fire left off. There is a huge sense of urgency as Angra needs to be stopped now. But we (and Meira) are forced to be patient and let things fall into place one step at a time – as Friar Lawrence said in Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, “Go wise and slow. Those who rush stumble and fall.” It’s frustrating but as we and Meira will learn, every little bit of knowledge and power they can gather to face Angra on any sort of even level will go a long way towards winning this war.
I loved all the new characters we get to meet, especially the children – very young children in fiction are always so cute and amusing. There are a lot of characters mentioned/speaking in this book that I had to write them all down (their occupations and connections to each other), even the ones you’ve already met in the previous books.
This is a war, so death is inevitable but ugh! the feels. Death doesn’t recognize good or evil – frustrating, but a hard truth in fiction and reality.
At one point in the book it became quite clear how our heroes can resolve this war – you can do this and you won’t have to do that! But they’re so caught up in their emotions (understandable, you’ll see) that they don’t realize this (more frustration!). I was partially right about how all this would end (*gives self a high five*). I had come to accept (before it happened) part of the outcome because it seemed like the only solution but something else happened. I a small part of me doesn’t fully accept it – is this plausible or a cop out for the reader’s sake?
Some of the issues characters had with each other seemed awkward/unnecessary/childish but I equate that to it having been several months since I read the first two books so don’t remember fully what brought them to this moment.
I was left with so many feels when I finished reading – so much had happened. But I really did enjoy this book and series.