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Review: Frost Like Night by Sara Raasch

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.

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Song For This Book: The Walk by Hanson
Why? This song’s slow burn matches the long fight that Meira and the other Winterians took to get to this point where they’ve almost saved their home.

4.5/5

This review will likely contain spoilers from the previous books in this series, but not from Frost Like Night.

It took me ages to get around to actually finishing this series, partially because it took me a while to get my hands on a hardcopy, and partially because I wasn’t ready to be finished with this series. While not without their issues, the previous books are so much fun and so fantastic, and this one definitely doesn’t let you down.

As far as series conclusions go, I thought this was a rather good one. There are lots of tropes that Raasch could have easily fallen back onto, and while she did use some, she steered clear of taking the ‘easy way out’, so to speak. Instead, she puts a lot of emphasis on awareness of self and others, the relationships people form, and how people interact with power and expectation.

The Good Points of Frost Like Night:

Speaking of falling back on common tropes, I loved that Meira didn’t keep secrets the way we see a lot of heroines do in YA literature. She involved the people she cared about, and gave them the choice to do what they will, even when this was a struggle for her. It made the ending of the book so much more satisfying, because of the balance of free will and control depending on what side of magic a character was on.

The pacing is fantastic, and you’ll fly through this novel, despite it being nearly 500 pages long. Every time you just get settled with something, it explodes (literally or figuratively), and the characters are off chasing something new that needs to be dealt with. Where so many fantasy finales can be slow burns, it was nice to have this one fly by.

As always with this series, I love the world building. Is it super details and thought out? Well, not as much as it could be. But I love it nonetheless. There are enough details that you generally know where you are, but also some space for your imagination as well. And as someone who isn’t detail oriented, I love this.

Everything about Mather in this book. Everything about him was awesome. And Ceridwen for that matter.

We meet some really awesome side characters in this book, and I loved all of them. Rares and Onan and Lekan and Kaleo and all the others are so much fun, and add so much to the story. It’s not too often that I’m impressed with secondary characters in a book, but I want a novella on all of their relationships after this book ended.

The Downsides of Frost Like Night:

I’ll admit that I’m a little disappointed with the ending.  I felt like Raasch had the opportunity to go a really different route compared to other YA fantasy stories, and she took an easier way out. Granted, it could have been far worse, but I still feel like this was a missed opportunity.

All of Meira’s proclamations about strength and self and all that sort of thing felt kind of preachy. Are you trying to convince Meira to believe in her own strength, or me? Because that line felt blurred quite a few times.

All in all, this is a pretty solid series ender, and I’m still in love with this series. If you’ve already gotten through the first couple of books, you’ll definitely want to check this one out. It’s better than most final books, and there lots of great things happening here.

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