Series: Snow Like Ashes #3
Author: Sara Raasch
Publisher: Harper Audio
Published Date: September 20th 2016
Genre: Fantasy, YA
Audio Time:12 hours 22 minutes
My Rating: ★ ★ ★.5
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 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 world is changing. We cannot deal with the problem as we have in the past, or we will always end up where we started.”
If you have not yet read the other books in the trilogy or would rather not possibly be spoiled than I suggest waiting to read this review.
MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS
When we first started out in this trilogy we see Meira as a child who is almost at times it seems playing soldier. But now while she is still just a teenager, she is also a leader, who has become as fearless as possible under the circumstances she is under. She has had to train harder mental and physically and felt so much betrayal. Yet she hasn't let those betrayals break her or make her harder to the world. She still insists on protecting her people know matter the cost, and she realizes that people need to make their own decisions and she can't force someone to do something just because it will make things easier for her.
“Angra wanted to break me.
But he only made me unbreakable.”
He really did, which I'm not going to lie kind of surprised me on how strong she ended up being. Because I don't think I could have dealt with the same type of things that she was dealing with and even be anywhere near as good as a queen as she was. I think a lot of what helped her through this though is her determination to finally be able to help her people, and some of the support system she had.
This book also has points of view of Mather and Ceridwen and what is happening while Meira is away dealing with other things. I really think that these added points of view really helped make the book more enjoyable.
Mather is of course always trying to focus on protecting Meira and the Thaw, but he also ends up dealing with a loss in his life and this is something that while makes him fight even harder, also makes him even angrier at Sir. As time goes on though and things get worked out thankfully and he finally starts to become stronger instead of just using fighting all the time as a shield.
Ceridwen really deals with so much in this book, and I loved her character so much. Not only was she having to deal with a crazy person, but she also had to deal with multiple other things, all while trying to put up a strong front and help Meira. Other things that happen though also make her become careless as well, due to the anger she felt, but I can't really fault her on it because it's also what so many of us would have done as well.
As for the ending of this book, I was happy with how the romance things ended up working out for multiple people. There is one death that happened in this book that did hurt my heart a little bit (if it did yours as well please let me know so we can talk about it). The real ending and the defeating of Angra though kind of seem to drag on for me at times, and while I was okay with the ending I would have also been okay if things had ended like we were told they were most likely going to.