Game of Thrones meets Graceling in this shocking and action-packed fantasy - the highly anticipated final book in the New York Times best-selling Snow Like Ashes series.
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, Meira 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 slip further and further 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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A simple fun story
- Ashley Poff
Great Ending to a Strong YA Fantasy Trilogy
My review from Goodreads, also it should be noted that I listened to the whole series on audio. The narration/performance is excellent, so once I listened to one, I had to listen to the whole trilogy:
The ending is so fantastic and satisfying that my initial impulse was to give this book a 5. Wow. That's the way to successfully wrap up a fantasy trilogy.
I have settled at a 4, just because there were some things in the first half that weren't quite as smooth for me. Overall, this is an excellent YA fantasy series, set in a fascinating and creative world, with plenty of dark magic to suit my dark side, and enough hope to please my often hidden light side.
It's a definite win, and I confess part of my confusion at the start might have been due to the gap of time from when I read the first two books. If you have time for a reread, I think that would be ideal. If not, definitely read a good summary or synopsis of the first two books before diving in, because it's a complex world with a lot of characters.
- B.A. Wilson