Frost Like Night

Frost Like Night

Book - 2016
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The final book in the Snow Like Ashes series, a high-fantasy adventure following Meira as she tries to defeat the evil king of Spring.
Publisher: New York, NY : Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, c2016
ISBN: 9780062286987
Branch Call Number: FIC Raas
Characteristics: 488 pages : maps ; 21 cm


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Jul 23, 2018

The third book was better than the second but the plot was very predictable which I found quite disappointing. There was a bit of character development but not enough. I felt the author could do more description and include more imagery and sensory language.

PimaLib_ChristineR Jan 03, 2018

These books got better with each installment, and although I'm a little tired of "I have to write a three book series" authors, in this case, I think it was a good idea, so we could see her at her best. Here, each character was identifiable instead of being "part of group A," "group B" etc....which was already improving in the last novel.

There are a couple of areas in which this novel truly excels. First: Meira has become the queen her people need. There's much less vacillation, self-recrimination, and general wailing and gnashing of teeth, and a lot more action on her part, both personally and toward what she sees as her ultimate aim.

Another strength was the action sequences. Raasch was great at building tension, delivering unexpected twists, writing comprehensible battle scenes, and describing unusual surroundings.

One letdown was the climatic scene. If Meira forgot about a loophole, I doubt many of her readers did, making the climax....well, anticlimactic. Despite that, as another reviewer said, fans of the series should be happy with the wrap-up.

ArapahoeStaff1 Aug 18, 2017

As endings to trilogies go, this wasn't the worst I've read. The ending was a little anticlimactic for me, but this author does a fantastic job of building up the problem and the epic battles that ensue between good and evil. For lovers of this series, I think you will be very happy how this book resolves itself!

Oct 20, 2016

This was a massive improvement over the second book in the series and wrapped things up nicely. A little too nicely for my taste, honestly. But it was still an enjoyable conclusion and was fast paced enough to keep me interested.

So to start...Meira. I still like the character but her growth here seemed to be a little too easy. After spending the last two books struggling with her it was a bit of a let down for her to suddenly et it all go and become everything that I would have liked to see develop slower over the course of the series. Book two spent so much time on nonsense that I think could have been better spent slowing building up to Meira's transformation. I liked the characters of Rares and Oana and how they played into her development but I feel like it was all so quick after all the prior issues.

Mather. I ended up caring more for him and his fate than I did for Meira by the end of this. The only time I really got emotionally involved was during Mather's struggles. I love that he was able to find happiness, but again, it was all a little quick. Too neatly tied up. I don't feel that Mather should have been left bereft, don't get me wrong. A happy ending suits the series and the plot line. I just wish the series was a little bolder in how it accomplished that happy ending. There was really no surprise for me here, none of the twists were all that entertaining since I could feel them coming miles away. Mather, though, grew enough for me to make this worthwhile.

I would have liked to see more of Theron's struggles throughout the whole series, but particularly in this book. He was a side note to Angra and the mentions of him were far and few between. And none of the interactions really delved into the issues that should have developed after book two.

Ceridwen and Jesse were great for me. As I stated, I was more interested in Mather, so I didn't focus much attention on this relationship. Again, no real surprises here. But it was distinctly refreshing to read the banter between these characters. It was especially refreshing to have two characters who were able to grow quickly in these circumstances. They didn't dwell on the decisions that needed to be made. They acknowledged their circumstances and acted accordingly in believable ways. I also love that this character is unashamedly herself. Jesse wasn't needed to make her strong or giver her purpose. He was there for support and as an anchor for her, as it should be. So often female characters find a man and suddenly defer to him in all things. But Ceridwen was still the warrior queen and wasn't about to give that up.

I did like the series. This book alone would realistically be three stars but the series as a whole gets four. I liked the story arc across the books, even though I think book two was a bit of a waste. Again, the story line wrapped up a little to easily and the relationships felt a bit rushed in the end but the overall idea was good.


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Oct 22, 2016

Sexual Content: There is sex between Mather and Meira

Oct 20, 2016

Violence: There are war scenes, though not overly descriptive.


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Oct 20, 2016

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