Ice Like Fire by Sara Raasch
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
The sequel to Snow Like Ashes is pretty different in one key way from its predecessor - it's less about war and more about diplomacy, about trying to unify the kingdoms of Primoria. Of course, this "peace in our time" can't last very long, and boy howdy, after page 400 or so, war is back in a very, VERY big way. Along the way, though, we're treated to a nice little tour of some of the other kingdoms that weren't featured too much in Book 1. Autumn seems like a very pretty place, and as for Summer...that place is memorable for so many R-rated reasons. The way their king is, literally, Naked On Arrival reminds me strongly of Johanna Mason's unforgettable first scene in Catching Fire, right down to the way Meira's disgusted by the display.
If only Meira and party could spend the rest of their days in Summer...oh, but then there wouldn't be a story, would there?
Here's another one where I'll be sitting back and waiting for the forthcoming conclusion - which can't come soon enough, of course. :)
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