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: ⋆ ⋆ ⋆ ⋆ ⋆
Last October, I was in a state of complete agony at being left off on a major cliffhanger that was the ending of Ice Like Fire, and thoroughly upset at having to wait a year for the next book. Yet with all the books on my TBR pile, I didn’t read the newest and last book of the trilogy until two months after it’s release. It’s not the only book that I haven’t read yet, and shame on me for that, but I have no control when it comes to books and I borrow and place holds on way too many of them, but enough about that random side commentary. Now to discuss the book.
As I said before, it’s been well over a year since I read the second book and so for the first few pages I was a little lost until I had read enough to trigger my memory of the plot of the last book. But remember I did, I was back on the whole edge of the cliff as I crossed my fingers for the safe escape of all the characters I had become attached to. Luckily mostly everybody got out, although in this world, that doesn’t mean much of a guarantee to reach the end of the book alive (luckily the author isn’t as serial killer like with her characters as George R.R. Martin tends to be).
Their really wasn’t much action-wise to the book. A lot of it was internal and having our characters having epiphanies, to grow up and become wiser and more then they were before. A lot of this was of course done by Meira, because as a human-conduit, she must learn to love herself, to accept her mistakes and flaws so she can learn from them and work to strengthen herself in other ways. All this is necessary for the end of the book, which I’m not going to spoil with anything more then we get a good ending.
For anyone who hasn’t read this trilogy, if you’re the type of reader who hates alternating viewpoint chapters, it’s not for you, although I promise you Raasch does not flip flop as much as GoT serial killer author. Quite often she’ll stick with one character for a few chapters to show up what’s going on, which is mostly Meira as she is the main character. One of the most lovely things about these books as beneath the magic and fantasy and action, there is the underlying message that we must learn to love ourselves, to be able to face our emotions and thoughts, even the ugly and negative ones, and to examine them and grown to be better people. And it always better to face the world with hope and love, instead of all of mankind’s ugly sides.