Title: Frost Like Night
Author: Sara Raasch
Published: September 20th, 2016 by Balzer + Bray
Angra 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 Paisley 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.
This review may contain spoilers from the previous books.
So another series has come to an end, and I guess it’s kinda bittersweet. Frost Like Night, in my opinion, reminded me of why I loved Snow Like Ashes, and overall, it’s a satisfying conclusion to the series.
When we last saw Meira at the end of Ice Like Fire, she was on her way to train with Rares and learn to control her magic while Mather and the Thaw were still in Ventralli. Compared to Ice Like Fire, Frost Like Night is definitely more thrilling and action-packed. None of the characters are idly sitting and waiting for things to happen, things happen all the time and they’re constantly on the move. Angra is back and everyone is working so hard to defeat him.
Meira is finally back to being the girl she was in Snow Like Ashes and I think it’s great. She’s grown into her role as Queen of Winter while also maintaining the strong, sassy qualities of Meira. I think that her character developed well throughout the series. She learns more about her magic, as well as the chasm and the Decay and readers learn along with her. I like that she doesn’t keep things to herself “to protect the others, etc.”, but instead talks to them about what has to happen and her role in the war to come, and in my opinion it gives more emotional impact. It’s a war, not everyone can make it out alive and there’s nothing anyone can do to prevent that.
I actually like Mather a lot more in this book compared to the previous books. I think he’s grown more comfortable in his role as Meira and Winter’s protector. His relationship with the Children of the Thaw is endearing because I think that a friendship like that is very important. I also don’t really mind his POV as much as I did in Ice Like Fire. Yeah, Ice Like Fire was disappointing.
Some people may not agree with me on this next point, but I don’t really like Ceridwen. I don’t think her POV is great and I didn’t enjoy reading it. Warning, spoilers from Ice Like Fire ahead. First of all, I don’t like her relationship with Jesse, the Ventralli King. Yeah, I don’t like him either. I think it was mentioned in the book that Jesse married his wife because he didn’t feel like he ‘deserved’ Ceridwen, but even after his marriage, he still had a relationship with her. What’s up with that? Anyway, I don’t want this to be a long rant, so let’s just stop here. Spoiler over.
Ceridwen’s POV in Frost Like Night grew increasingly boring as the book progresses. At least that’s what I think. I just wanted to get back to Meira’s, or even Mather’s POV. I know that the author wants to keep us updated on what’s going on while Meira and Mather aren’t there, but it didn’t really work for me.
To be honest, going into this book, I didn’t really have any expectations, considering what happened with Ice Like Fire. And while I was pleasantly surprised with how it ended, I actually didn’t really care much about the story and its characters as much as I did when I first started the series. I feel like some characters didn’t get the ‘screen time’ they deserved, Theron was practically non-existent in this book. And I think that we should have seen more of Sir/William.
So in the end, while it’s still not as good as Snow Like Ashes, Frost Like Night delivered a not great, but good conclusion to the series. I think that all the questions I had in the previous books have been answered and I think the story ended well. While there could be some improvements, I think that Sara Raasch is a talented author and I’ll definitely be on the lookout for her future works.
“…we are not here because we seek what is easy. We are here because we know we will achieve victory…”
Sara Raasch, Frost Like Night