** POSSIBLE SPOILERS: Do not read this review unless you’ve read Snow Like Ashes **
Summary: 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.
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance
My thoughts: This sequel to Snow Like Ashes picks up right where the first story left off. Meira freed her kingdom, Winter, and is now the reigning queen. But problems arise when her miners discover something ancient and dangerous in one of the Winterian mines that can potentially change the world. It is a chasm filled with magic that can allow every citizen to wield magic just like Meira can. While Theron is all for opening the chasm, Meira is dead set on keeping it closed to protect her citizens from the power people can misuse. Forced to travel the world to ally with the different kingdoms thanks to the command of the King of Cordell, Meira must do everything she can to stop the chasm from opening, even if it means hurting the ones she loves.
I was lucky enough to receive an ARC of this novel by winning a Goodreads giveaway. Now, before you all wonder why I gave this novel a rating of three stars out of five, know that I never really enjoyed the first book in this series. There’s nothing inherently wrong with this novel that is off putting, it’s just that I can’t seem to get myself interested in the story of Meira and her friends. Actually, many of my friends adore this series more than anything, it’s just that I can’t seem to like these set of stories no matter how much I try. I have tried to connect with the characters and the story, but to me they seem unrelatable and the story tends to bore me majority of the time.
This sequel is centered mostly around the politics of the kingdoms working together which didn’t capture my attention. It seemed like a filler novel in this trilogy to help build the tension and arise problems that Meira will need to face in the future. One main thing I didn’t like about the novel was Theron who just rubbed me the wrong way the entire time and was obviously written to be an antagonist and yet Meira refused to accept that factor. Sometimes her blindness to certain situations made me frustrated with her character. As for the rest of the story, I simply wasn’t interested, but I bet that if I had loved the first novel I definitely would have loved this one as well. This one has some large twists and turns and many action scenes that will definitely catch the eye of fans of Snow Like Ashes. I guess this series just wasn’t my cup of tea.