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Ice Like Fire

(Snow Like Ashes #2)

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  20,775 ratings  ·  2,716 reviews
It’s been three months since the Winterians were freed and Spring’s king, Angra, disappeared—thanks largely to the help of Cordell.

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. Theron sees this find as an opportunity—wi
Hardcover, 483 pages
Published October 13th 2015 by Balzer + Bray
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Danni Maxwell No idea what month but I did tweet Sara just a few days ago and she said Fall of 2015 c: Hope that helps!

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Sara Raasch
Oct 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
I clearly can't be trusted. ...more
Emily May
Jul 22, 2015 rated it it was ok
Maybe this is a case of middle book syndrome; maybe Raasch should have wrapped this story up in Snow Like Ashes; but, whatever the reason, Ice Like Fire just didn't pull me along like the previous book did.

Firstly - and most unforgivably - this book is slow, lacking in any new achievements or significant events. It truly feels like a middle book, bridging the gap between the first part of the story and the last, but never really standing on its own.

I constantly felt like Snow Like Ashes was mov
Dec 26, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
To be honest, giving Ice Like Fire 2 stars crossed my mind. And I don't do 2 stars. This mere thought is enough proof that this book was extremely infuriating, so infuriating that even my sister's killer banoffee could not extinguish my anger.

The story
Winter is finally free from slavery, but the ruthless king of Cordell's always present, fixed on finding the magic chasm, the source of pure magic. When the chasm is finally found, Meira and Theron set on a journey to find the keys that will un
Ben Alderson
Jan 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
Brilliant sequel!
I really enjoyed the relationship with Mather in this one.
I can not wait for the third novel.

The only issue I have is i still don't really understand the magic very much, MAYBE thats just me.
Serena (The Book Comedian)
Jul 17, 2014 marked it as to-read
Shelves: reviews
Theron, I miss you.

And I would just like to say, in my dreams..

My first words when I finished this book were, "So annoyed. What a shit show. Two stars."

I loved Snow Like Ashes. I frickin' loved it. Meira was an awesome heroine, Angra was a scary villain, the world-building was cool, the writing was smooth, the story was daring. And I had a huge, stupid, embarrassing crush on Theron. Like, it's just as huge and embarrassing as my crush on Paul from A Thousand Pieces of You. Just as huge and embarrassing as my crush on this Russian girl I used to work with.

Aug 01, 2015 rated it liked it
In the last book, Meira discovered that she was the true Queen of Winter, kicked a villain in the nads, saved her kingdom, and found love.
So what's next for these characters?! And more importantly, did this book live up to the hype I had built up in my head, after stalking this book for half a year?


Not really.
I was pretty excited to read this, because I enjoyed the first book, Snow Like Ashes, quite a bit. Now, I couldn't exactly remember what all happened in that one, but I was confi
Aly (In Wonderland)
Standing in the courtyard of the palace, arms to the sky, cold numbing all other senses and wind deadening all other noises, I closed my eyes. I had never, in all my life, felt so remarkably alone. But it was a perfect king of alone, a delicate, dreamlike peace.

Unfortunately, having read and loved every moment of Snow Like Ashes, I can't help but compare Ice Like Fire to it. The first book in the series introduced Meira, Mather, Sir and Alysson and their quest to hunt the second half
Hailey (Hailey in Bookland)
Dec 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned, fantasy
Wow I cannot wait for you guys to be able to read this book. So fantastic. Video review will be going up closer to release date!

THIS REVIEW WILL CONTAIN MAJOR SPOILERS FROM BOOK 1, and maybe some minor one's from this book AND WILL ALSO CONTAIN AN OVERUSE OF THE WORD 'BORED' AND 'SHITTY'. It will also contain repetitive sentences like, "BORING ASS SHIT." You've been warned!

Imagine my disappointment when the sequel to a book, I loved turns out so fucking shitty and boring. Imagine the way I threw the book across the room in anger and screamed so freaking loud in frustration because this book W
4.25 Sweet snow! ★'s

“I'm not just me anymore. I'm a whole kingdom, and I can't make mistakes.”

“The most powerful magic of all is choice, and of that power, the strongest choice anyone can make is an act of sacrifice.”

Reread <3
This is my second time reading "Ice Like Fire" and I must say, I still really, really, enjoyed it! I stayed up through the night, just so I could get it done. Because I want to get onto the 3rd book, I haven't read yet. I love all the different adventures and the new Seas
Neil (or bleed)
"I want to live. I want to find a way to save everyone and LIVE."

I'm so happy with this sequel because it didn't disappoint. I know I've read this for several days but I think it has been alright since I've gotten enough time to absorb its complex story and appreciate its beauty.

Ice Like Fire is less action and more politics. If you've read the Snow Like Ashes, you know the details. Now, Meira isn't comfortable to their alliance with Cordell. She knows Noam, the king of Cordell, and his evil
Nov 05, 2014 marked it as to-read


By the way, Prince Theron?
Faye, la Patata
Have you ever had one of those days where you feel like something was... incomplete? That things dragged on more than they should have had? Like the story could've been tighter, could've had the same essential elements and plot points, AND still give a sense of completeness, as if this small story arc of a bigger story arc has been reached?

This is one of those days - those days where I felt nothing but underwhelmed.

You guys might be well-aware of my love for the first book. I flailed over it, ga
Andreea Pop
Unavoidable spoilers from the first book.

Dear book,

You started on the wrong foot from the very beginning when you chose to go with the magic chasm route. You see, as Meira herself pointed out countless times, the possibility of finding it when for centuries no one did is truly laughable. But somehow it was found during your first pages. Go figure.

From there on, your entire plot was centered on this back-and-forth idea that the magic chasm needs to stay shut, yet it should open. The only go
Aimee ♥ | Aimee, Always
Mather, my dear. Fans don't seem to like you as much as Theron, but that means more of you for me, right? ...more
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin



Where do I start! I wanted to smack so many people in this book that I lost count. This book is no where near as good as the first book, in my opinion. I think for me it was all of the politics that went on for most of the book and the going back and forth with poor Meira trying to figure out what was best for the people of Winter. I can tell you what is best... OFF WITH NOAM'S HEAD and take the rest out! Just do it! Do it!

Okay, we know
3.5/5 stars

Ice Like Fire is the heated sequel to Snow Like Ashes.

It's been three months since the Winterians were freed and Spring's king, Angra, disappeared—thanks largely to the help of Cordell.
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. Theron sees this find as an opportunity—with this much magic, the world can finally stand against
Mar 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
*3.5 stars*
Ashley Marie
As you can see from my updates, I got sucked into this book in spite of myself. I still don't like the Meira/Mather pairing, I mean we spent the entirety of SLA showing how much Meira and Theron had in common and setting them up as a couple, and Mather has been a whiny ass since the beginning, so I've never liked him. But somewhere in the middle of this, my brain totally changed tack and decided to appreciate this book despite it MURDERING MY SHIP and SHOVING THE SHIP I HATE IN MY FACE. Props fo ...more
Dannii Elle
First Read: May 2017, Rating: 4 stars
Second Read: May 2019, Rating: 3 stars

Initial Review
I was hesitant to start this sequel to Snow Like Ashes, due to the mixture of responses it has received. The reason for much of the discontent, concerning this book, was the slower plot pace, in comparison to the previous instalment. Yet this was something I really appreciated. The action took a back-seat, for the first few hundred pages and I thought each individual character was given the space to come to
Dec 30, 2016 rated it it was ok
This book took wayyy longer for me to read because literally nothing was happening until the last 20 pages or so, where it seemed like the author just squeezed in a befuddling, abrupt, and a super rushed battle scene just to give this book a 'big' ending that ultimately paves way for the final book. I've never felt more frustrated at how everyone in this book acted out of character, and it's as if all the character development in the first book was completely futile. #RIP toallthegreatcharacte ...more
Gabi Graceffo
Feb 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, magic

Magic is all about choice. Choosing to use it, choosing to surrender to it, choosing to take it from the chasm--choosing to let it break in defense of a kingdom. The most powerful magic of all is choice, and of that power, the strongest choice anyone can make is an act of sacrifice.


Another stunning book read in 2015! It seems like this is the year of the mighty greats in my ever-expanding library. Though this book may not have reached the caliber of some of the others, I still enjoyed
Karima chermiti
#1 : Snow Like Ashes (Snow Like Ashes, #1) : 3 stars

I gave this book two stars; one star for it and one for me because I finished reading something on this level of mediocrity. But for real though, where the hell do I start with Ice Like Fire, I’m beyond disappointed and I can’t understand how you take something with a great potential and you turn into something this bad, messy and sloppy.


I don’t think there’s anything I loved about this book if I’m being honest. The characters were foolish
Nemo (The Moonlight Library)
I received this book for free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.




While Winter has been freed from Angra’s slavery, Meira must find the balance between queen and soldier, fight to keep her kingdom from the hands of Cordell, and in the mean time find the keys hidden in other kingdoms that will open the door to the magical chasm and hopefully make an alliance or two with rivals.


I loved Raasch’s
Jan 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Meira owes a debt to Cordellan that has to be paid. They dig in the the mines and find Primoria’s lost chasm of magic. Meira and Theron take off on a scavenger hunt to find a way to open it all under the disguise of visiting kingdoms creating peace and introducing Winter back to the world. The scavenger hunt goes pretty easy for Meira. Meira and Theron clash as they have different viewpoints on their missions. I love Meira and Theron and sometimes their fights were annoying and Meira seemed to o ...more
May 04, 2015 rated it liked it
3.5 stars!

I don't think this book lived up to Snow Like Ashes but it was an okay follow up. I'm slightly disappointed but still eagerly awaiting the next one! (the last one?)

I LOVED the first book, liked this one so I guess it's up to the third book to see if the series is overall a great one.

Meira was still very strong but why did she annoy me? she was struggling with her decisions and I think her inner struggle was a big problem. I was so used to Book 1 Meira, who was fierce and had no probl
DNF at 53%

So, I've decided I'm not gonna lie to myself. I'm bored as hell, and I feel this Meira is a completely different Meira from book one. And literally what I liked in book one was Meira, she was just #FemaleCharacterGoals. And now? I don't understand what is happening, I'm so bored and Mather has become a drunk boy who is full of self-pity because Meria is no longer in his life, and something just tell me Theron is not the good guy he was in book one anymore.

So yeah, what everyone had be
Rachel  (APCB Reviews)
Aug 07, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: disappointments
Initial Thoughts: My heart is very confused. Part of me is wildly impressed with the plot build up of the second book and the writing. The other part of me didn't enjoy this book too much... The last quarter of the book is insanely amazing though. Book 3 will definitely be epic.

Read the full review @ A Perfection Called Books

Part of me is wildly impressed with the plot build up of the second book and the writing. The other part of me didn't enjoy this book at all. The romance and action were lac
Tina ➹ the girl who lives in Fandoms
generously 2.5 Stars

(P: Poor)

Warning: mostly a Ranting review

why I didn't assume book 1 was just the end of the whole of it? :( it could be & I would never read the rest... *deep sigh*
to write a fair review, I must mention that the last 100 pages were great & actually deserved 4 stars,
but the rest was boring 2-3 stars & at first (that pushed me into a reading slump a month ago) definitely 2 (or even less?)
this was the second book I wanted to throw at the wall so many times! many times, I wished
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