Frost Like Night, by Sara Raasch | Book Review #257

Frost Like Night is the third, and final book in the Snow Like Ashes series by Sara Raasch. This review may contain spoilers. 

Book Review

28512486Angra 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 defenses, 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.

The plot in Frost Like Night moves pretty quickly when you only think about the book in one point of view. With three points of view however, I felt like the story was dragging on and on, never ending.

It’s pretty safe to say that you could read Ice Like Fire and then immediately start reading Frost Like Night. I should have read the last few chapters of Ice Like Fire before actually starting my read through of Frost Like Night. Why? I was so confused as to what was happening. Don’t get me wrong though: I like how Frost Like Night starts by jumping into the story with no re-cap of the previous book. It was only about 75-100 pages into Frost Like Night when I finally started to understand what was happening though.

There are three points of view in Frost Like Night. The first we read from is Meira, then Mather, and finally we read from Ceridwen.

I’m so freakin’ glad that there were only three points of view in Frost Like Night, and that most of them were from Meira. If Meira didn’t have a big part of this last book then I would believe that I would have DNF’d the book. I’m glad that Meira….grew into herself. In the last book Meira had seemed like she was afraid of the world, and just so immensely troubled. I’m glad to see Meira work through her doubts and her fears to emerge into the character that Meira came to be.

unnamed-14Mather; I’m glad that he finally caved to his feelings. I didn’t really care for Mather as a character, or his point of view of things. After finishing Frost Like Night though, I can say that Mather’s view on things was an acceptable sideview.

I honestly didn’t expect to read from Ceridwen’s point of view. And when I first saw that the view was from Ceridwen, I was kind of pissed off, but then once I read her view of things, and where she stood, I realized how important a character she was to the Snow Like Ashes trilogy. I’m happy for Ceridwen and how she finally accepted her happiness, but also the things that troubled her from the last book, Ice Like Fire.

I liked reading about the character development that Meira, Mather, and Ceridwen go through. It’s great to see them grow into who they were supposed to be, and to finally see everyone as happy as they could be.

While Frost Like Night was something akin to chaos (there was just so much happening all at once), I was glad to see by the end of the book, we’re given a clean ending. Everything seems to be wrapped up quite nicely, and on a happy note, nonetheless.

I ended up giving Frost Like Night, 4 of 5 stars on Goodreads.

Have you read Frost Like Night? What’d you think of the story overall? 

Happy Reading!

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