Series: Snow Like Ashes #2
Published by Balzer + Bray
Published On: October 13, 2015
Maturity Level: Young Adult - some violence
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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 threats like Angra. But 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 the two 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. But can she do so without endangering the people she loves?
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.
The only thing saving this book for me was that we got to see the other rhythms and seasons and meet new characters (though there was almost too many of them). Also the ending of this book wasn’t too bad (amazing really compared to the rest of the book). I think the disappointment was too much for me to actually really love this book, though it wasn’t horrible.
I regret not reading more reviews about this book before starting it. I might have skipped it if I had. Guys, this is one of those cases where the second book was not even close to as good as the first book was. This book was sooooo boring! I kept reading hoping that something would happen but it never did! It starts off boring and then when stuff actually starts to happen it’s still boring! There was just no action at all! This book was purely politics mixed with a lame treasure hunt where the treasure was super easy to find. Like come on! Give me something here!
Even the characters went through some sort of personality changing device because they were all different. I was on team Theron last book but now I’m on team nobody because they’re all dumb now. I loved Meira in the first book and she was as boring as the plot. She did nothing and we learned nothing from her. Mather was the only decent character in this book and he was probably my least favourite in the first. He’s the only one that actually did anything kind of useful. It almost feels like a completely different author wrote the characters in this book because they didn’t feel the same at all.
Also just a warning, the love triangle was bad in this book. It was there in book one but now it’s really there.
I was just extremely disappointed with this book.
I’d recommend this to Snow Like Ashes fans who LOVED the first book. If you only liked the first book then don’t bother with this one. This is a book only dedicated fans could get through. Or maybe wait until the third book comes out and redeems this one (kind of like the Twilight series). It’s all personal opinion though!
This book suffered greatly from second book syndrome. The characters went through a huge makeover and the plot wasn’t even close enough to saving this book. If you loved the first book then you’re in for a disappointment.