Frost Like Night (Snow Like Ashes #3) by Sara Raasch
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Goodreads Summary: 
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.

Rating: 5+ Stars
Meira steps into the peaceful kingdom of Paisly, learning to harness her magic while the war against Angra continues and the Decay spreads. Mather makes a difficult journey in honour of his queen, but nothing is as simple as it seems. Ceridwen must listen to her heart as well as her mind in order to make the right decisions.

Hate me for this, but I love Theron. He's changed a lot since his first appearance, and at the start of Frost Like Night he is definitely an antagonist. However even after everything he's done, I can't hate him. I remember the boy he was, and who he's become is different but I cannot loath him, I cried near the end for him! I never really liked Mather that much; his POVs are weak, but I've grown to understand his character a little better and finally, I respect him. Meira is amazing and she's gone through the most, however Cerie is so contrasting, she's strong, independent, brave... I may not be able to decide between the girls, but Theron is always going to be favourite character overall. Rares comes pretty close though, he is Meira's father in spirit and the wise guy.

Sara Raasch, queen of plot twists! Us readers are expecting this, and she gives us that. Nothing is certain while she's driving the book, and just when we've relaxed, something shocking comes out of nowhere (really, Sara Raasch's head) and the book flies into the air (in case you haven't realized, I'm comparing the book to a boat). I love it, even when I'm so angry, frustrated about characters' predicaments.

Magic evolves so much throughout this book, with Meira learning to use hers while Ceridwen and others try to shield themselves against Angra's Decay. Magic use becomes more frequent, new discoveries are made as Angra develops his use of the Decay and Meira finds her inner strength.

Coming up to my final topic, Meira and Mather as a couple... I comprehend, I don't hate it, but there's no love from me! As I've said earlier, Mather's perspective is weak especially when compared with others. Meira deserves more (I'm thinking of one person in particular, obviously)! Cerie and Jesse's bond is real and I see the struggle they've been through in order to make it work, which is why I vote them the couple of the series. Sir shows emotion in this book (surprise, surprise), making a big sacrifice. Frost Like Night is a better book than the previous two because of the extreme character developments and the challenges each main character must go through.


Purchase Location:  ~I received a copy from HarperCollins New Zealand and willingly wrote a review~
Edition: Paperback
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"No matter what happens, I will never, not in a thousand tragic outcomes, ever regret loving you."

"I'm sorry I couldn't be enough for you."

"We are our own magic now. And nothing can stop us."

Recommended for: Fans of fantasy.