- Page Count: 479
- Release Date: October 13, 2015
- My Rating: 4 stars
Goodreads book description:
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.
THAT ENDING, THOUGH. Oh my goodness. The next book is going to be so good.
Sara Raasch has created a seriously incredible fantasy world here and I was continually impressed with the level of thought put into the questions that Meira is asking. Like the political science major in me kept wanting to debate questions like “don’t the good people deserve to be powerful” and whether everyone deserves the same thing. A lot of YA fantasy series fall apart or lose all credibility when they try to attempt any political analysis (ex: The Selection), but that’s actually one of the stronger aspects of these books!
And I LOVE the idea that Meria’s very existence kept her people from safety and that she might be willing to… do a certain spoilery-something to destroy magic… is a great twist. This series really is just plain fun.
I actually didn’t have a problem with the slower pace of this book for the most part. I enjoyed being able to get a much stronger sense of the world and characters when the plot spent more time in each area. I loved having Mather’s POV thrown in to strengthen his character too! He’s definitely one of my favorites right now. The switch between tenses in the POVs was a little weird for me, though.
I also appreciated that the romance wasn’t the central part of this book. I really enjoyed the first book, but thought this one was even better! Pretty excited for Frost Like Night now.