Publisher: Balzer + Bray – Released October 13, 2015
Summary: 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.
My Thoughts: What made this sequel so great was seeing Meria’s development. From book 1 to book 2, you really see how Meira changed and how her role as Queen conflicted her, but showed her growth as a character.
Having a chance to explore the other kingdoms was great too. From what I remember from book 1, only one other kingdom was explored, but in this book, Meira and her team explore the other 2 kingdoms.
I loved how Meira’s perceptions changed from what she learned about the kingdoms to when she actually got a chance to explore them herself.
Overall the main characters like Meira, Mather, and Theron are vastly different from book one and I loved that. Now that Winter’s kingdom is back and recovering, we see how this affects each of them.
The reason I am taking away 1/2 a star is because the introduction to Mather’s POV, while important as the book progressed, seemed to slow the plot. Generally speaking, this book was slower paced than Snow Like Ashes, in my opinion, but as I said before, the way the plot progressed towards the end really let me enjoy the pacing so much more.
With the way this book ended and what was set up, I am definitely excited to see how this trilogy wraps up with book 3!