Snow Like Ashes (Snow Like Ashes Series #1)

Snow Like Ashes (Snow Like Ashes Series #1)

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by Sara Raasch
     
 

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A striking fantasy tale of dark magic, dangerous politics, and discovering your true self—perfect for fans of Game of Thrones, An Ember in the Ashes and A Court of Thorns and Roses.

Sixteen years ago the Kingdom of Winter was conquered and its citizens enslaved, leaving them without magic or a monarch. Now the Winterians' only

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A striking fantasy tale of dark magic, dangerous politics, and discovering your true self—perfect for fans of Game of Thrones, An Ember in the Ashes and A Court of Thorns and Roses.

Sixteen years ago the Kingdom of Winter was conquered and its citizens enslaved, leaving them without magic or a monarch. Now the Winterians' only hope for freedom is the eight survivors who managed to escape, and who have been waiting for the opportunity to steal back Winter's magic and rebuild the kingdom ever since.

Orphaned as an infant during Winter's defeat, Meira has lived her whole life as a refugee. Training to be a warrior—and desperately in love with her best friend, Winter's future king—she would do anything to help Winter rise to power again.

So when scouts discover the location of the ancient locket that can restore Winter's magic, Meira decides to go after it herself—only to find herself thrust into a world of evil magic and dangerous politics—and ultimately comes to realize that her destiny is not, never has been, her own.

Editorial Reviews

Booklist
“A new society, a grand adventure, and a first romance, all rolled into one big fantasy epic.”
Morgan Rhodes
“Snow Like Ashes is a thrilling story with unforgettable characters set in a stunning fantasy world that had me quickly turning pages. I want more!”
Publishers Weekly
09/08/2014
In Raasch’s debut, an epic fantasy, the realm of Primoria is divided into eight countries sustained by magic governed by human political and social arrangements, accessible only by physical talismans. While this structure doesn’t promise much subtlety, Raasch builds an enjoyable adventure-romance around it. Meira is one of eight free Winterians—inhabitants of the Winter realm who survived the sacking of their capital by neighboring Spring. Other survivors are interned in work camps, while Meira’s group lives as a rebel band, seeking the two halves of their magical talisman, which will enable Winterians to tap their rightful powers and regain their kingdom. Diplomacy is as crucial to this quest as spycraft and battles. Though Meira loves Mather, heir to the Winterian throne, he offers her in alliance to the crown prince of Cordell, for whom Meira also feels a reluctant warmth. But it is her own place in this endlessly shifting world that is most important to Meira, and it’s through her slow realizations and lightning insights that Raasch’s emerging talent makes its greatest appeal. Ages 14–up. Agent: Mackenzie Brady, New Leaf Literary + Media. (Oct.)
VOYA, October 2014 (Vol. 37, No. 4) - Lynne Farrell Stover
White-haired Meira, one of eight surviving Winterians, has endured hardships and uncertainties in her sixteen years. Primoria, the complex world she lives in, contains eight unique kingdoms ruled by gender-specific monarchs who, with the help of magical conduits, wield amazing powers. It is Meira’s lot in life to navigate this complicated world. As she matures into a seasoned warrior, struggles with friendship and acceptance, and is played as a political pawn, she learns an uneasy truth: The saving of her kingdom and the freedom of its enslaved people will be determined by her bravery, cunning, and determination. Typical of a fantasy with a strong female protagonist, this story contains a love triangle, self-discovery, and some social commentary. The straightforward plot gets bogged down with interesting—but repetitive—backstory and world-building. The author has a tendency to pause the story prior to a pivotal point in the action to engage in massive information dumps. Meira, the story’s narrator, is a contradiction. Her voice is that of a contemporary teenager, yet the world she lives in is medieval. She is constantly whining about having few fighting skills yet is capable of battling ruthless soldiers and escaping from life-threatening situations. While she cares about re-establishing Winter, her defeated kingdom, she often goes about it in a reckless manner, causing possible harm to others. The language and sexual content of this book are acceptable for middle school readers; however, the violence is graphic. Reviewer: Lynne Farrell Stover; Ages 11 to 18.
School Library Journal
07/01/2014
Gr 7 Up— In classic fantasy style, Meira is a feisty orphan girl with aspirations of being a soldier for her icy province, Winter, which has been enslaved by a neighboring territory. Her weapon of choice: the chakram, or throwing circle. Meira partners with her childhood playmate, an heir to the throne, in a quest to locate the broken locket that holds the magic for their province. Meira has romantic feelings for this young man, so she is startled when it becomes apparent that she will be used as a pawn to forge a marriage alliance with another territory. As the story unfolds, the history of the provinces is revealed, magic explained, and all is not as it seems. Although the story is derivative of many before it, the plot and writing are superlative, and fans of Leigh Bardugo's Shadow and Bone (Holt, 2012) and the like will not be disappointed.—Leah Krippner, Harlem High School, Machesney Park, IL
Kirkus Reviews
2014-08-27
A carefully crafted fantasy grapples with intense issues. In Primoria, the world protagonist Meira inhabits, there are eight kingdoms: four Seasons, in a perpetual state of the season they're named for, and four Rhythms that cycle through all four. Meira is one of the remaining eight free Winterians: Sixteen years prior to the opening of the book, King Angra of Spring attacked Winter, slaying its queen, destroying its Royal Conduit (a locket used by a female ruler to magically aid her country) and enslaving the surviving Winterians. Attempting to reclaim half the locket, Meira is captured but almost instantly escapes due to quick thinking and her military training—a feat that Raasch makes surprisingly believable. Her complicated relationship with Mather, heir to the Winterian throne, is put on hold when Spring scouts follow her to camp and the refugees must flee to the Rhythm of Cordell—where Meira meets the instantly likable Prince Theron and discovers she's very much a pawn in a bigger game. The dramatic twist toward the end is impressive both in its believability and its unpredictability. Unfortunately, Raasch's world is racialized, and the heroic Winterians are pale and beautiful. While the villain is also fair-skinned, the choice to valorize whiteness is perhaps ill-considered given the fraught history of racial stereotyping in high fantasy.This heavy high fantasy manages moments of humor and beauty for a satisfying read. (Fantasy. 12 & up)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062286932
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
09/15/2015
Series:
Snow Like Ashes Series , #1
Pages:
448
Sales rank:
28,748
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 8.00(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Sara Raasch has known she was destined for bookish things since the age of five, when her friends had a lemonade stand and she tagged along to sell her hand-drawn picture books too. Not much has changed since then: her friends still cock concerned eyebrows when she attempts to draw things, and her enthusiasm for the written word still drives her to extreme measures. She is also the author of the New York Times bestselling novels Snow Like Ashes and Ice Like Fire. You can visit her online at www.sararaasch.tumblr.com and @seesarawrite on Twitter.

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Snow Like Ashes 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 44 reviews.
BlkosinerBookBlog More than 1 year ago
  I wanted to read this one because I enjoyed Throne of Glass and have been looking at other YA fantasies that catch my interest. The forbidden love aspect as well as how hardcore and strong Meira sounds. The cover also caught my eye, and then I read more of the synopsis and liked the way the world building with the different kingdoms and their quest to restore a broken one and regain their magic sounded like an adventure that I could get into.     I liked Meira right away and identified with her trying her best to impress as well as make a difference. Now, I am not a strong warrior or very brave, but I enjoy reading about characters who are. The political aspect got started pretty quickly and we saw the kingdom of Winter, where Meira is from broken, but fighting hard to restore their name. After a victory though they are left still wondering how they will complete the rest of their mission of restoring magic and gaining back their land.      Enter Cordell, where alliances will be made, but Meira will be put into a position that she never thought... But still in a position to help her people the Winterians. She just has to figure out how to accept her new place and how she can achieve the goals of the people without losing herself.     So... There is a setup for a love triangle of sorts, and while I won't talk much about it, I am less than halfway through when writing this paragraph so I will discuss a bit without being spoilerish. I obviously don't know how this will play out and if one of the legs of the triangle may end up being a non-issue in this one or future books. But right away we see how she is attracted to Mather, the next in command after his father and the one who has had a hand in raising Meira. Mather is a nice guy, and he is strong and kind. But I only ever got the attraction and the forbidden draw. I didn't have a good feeling of how deep the attraction between them went before Theron entered the scene. I ended up really liking what I saw of him because he is the one that shows Meira how while he feels like a puppet at times, he manages to do his duty, but still cultivating the parts of him that he would rather do instead of battle and history and leading... art and reading and writing. He does it, maintaining who he feels inside with what he must do. He always treated Meira with respect and kindness, and he let her into his beneath the surface. The royalty who talks to the servants and cares about their day to day. The man who trains and fights, but also writes poetry. I feel like I got more of his depth, and I feel like them being together is something that seems like it has to happen, but there is also attraction between them.     So much happened after the setup that I didn't take another break to write anything down until I was finished. Meira grows a lot in this one and the visions that she has developed into something that I started to suspect. It didn't take away any enjoyment that I saw it coming, I still had to see how Sara would write it and how it would play out.      Duty and loyalty and sacrifice are all huge themes in this one, and we get to see quite a few young selfless leaders in this one following an example of a surprise character in Meira's dream/visions. This is in sharp contrast with some of the leaders that are currently in place, they are all worthy of some beat down and eye opening on how they are really acting.      I enjoyed where this one ended, but I am surely excited to keep reading this series, because I know of several threads that while wrapped up for this book, I can't wait to see how they are going to progress and play out.  Bottom Line: Great beginning to a new YA fantasy series with a great main character and interesting set-up for the romance. 
Kristen_Noel More than 1 year ago
This book is too hard for me to simply slap a star rating on. I'm going to switch things up for this review. The Good: The action. There is plenty of action in this book to pull you in. It's well written and it really adds to the feel of the story. The characters. You won't find any Mary Sues in Snow Like Ashes. These characters are flawed and lovable in their own ways. Meira especially stands out as a strong main character. Some people may not agree with me because she had her moments. But I'd rather have a character who has very real flaws than a Mary Sue. I enjoyed her and her strength a lot. She makes for the perfect female lead in a high fantasy! The Bad: The love triangle. Yep. You read that right. There's a budding love triangle. Just not my thing, ya'll. The In-between: The world building. Okay. Let me say this up front: Sara Raasch has crafted an amazing world full of history for this series. It's truly amazing and entertaining to learn about and submerse yourself in. But. The amount of info dumping to educate the reader about said world was tiring. At times, it felt like a constant thing. Ultimately, it really soured my reading experience with this book. There was a lot of potential with the world, but the way it was introduced to the reader left me with a headache. **I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review with no compensation.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
i loved this book and i cant wait to read the second one ice like fire i think this book in my opinion was better than the hunger games and it should become a movie i recommend this to anyone who asks about it
BookLoversLife1 More than 1 year ago
When the Kingdom of Winter was defeated by Spring, the queen sacrificed herself so that her son, and heir, could escape. He was only a babe but he was whisked away with some other lucky survivors, but now there are only 8 left outside the grasp of Spring and these 8 are on the run and searching for the Queens locket, the source of her power, which was broken when she died. Meira is an orphan and is being raised by Sir and his wife. She was just a babe when they escaped too and has grown up alongside the Prince. She has trained every day beside them yet Sir refuses to let her go on missions to find the locket, that is until he has no choice! They learn the location of one half of the locket and Meira is the only one able to go. Unfortunately, while the mission is a success, Meira is thrust into a world of evil, betrayal and danger and needs to do everything in her power to stay alive.  I can sum up Snow Like Ashes in one word, and that's AMAZING!!! From the very first page Raasch draws you into a world you wont want to leave. I still cant believe that this is her debut because her talent for story telling is fantastic.  Everything about this book was flawless!! The world building was unique and imaginative. The seasons each have their own realm ruled by a King or Queen. Each of those Kings or Queens have a magical trinket that is the source of their power and that can only be passed from Queen to Daughter or King to Son. No one else can wield that power and that power cant affect any of the other realms. Or so they thought until Springs magic was used to defeat Winter. Its like nothing I've read before and I adored the world the author created.  Then there's the characters. Meira is absolutely without a doubt one of the strongest, fiercest, lovable heroines I've read in a long time. She was a-freakin-mazing. So strong, loyal and kick ass yet she is kind and caring. Next we have the handsome Prince and Meiras best friend, Mather. He is overwhelmed with the legacy he has to uphold but he does whats needed of him. He has trained with Meira everyday and knows everything about her. I adored his relationship with Meira and loved seeing it kind of develop into a romance, and what I mean by kind of is that its complicated. You need to read the book to understand!! Then we have Prince Theron, the son of the King Sir is hoping will help them. He was so sweet and kind and so lovable. Meira and Theron are kind of thrown together but the chemistry is instant (and not in the dreaded insta love way). Sara Raasch has created a love triangle that I don't hate and love interests where both of them captured my heart! Both Mather and Theron are perfect for Meira in different ways and I'm still torn in deciding whom I adore more ;) Anyway, I think I'd better wrap up this review or I'll be gushing forever about Snow Like Ashes. A stunningly written, magical debut and one you should run out and buy NOW!! You wont regret reading this action packed story filled with danger, deception, destruction and a touch of romance. Its one of the best debuts I've read and will firmly stay on my favourites shelf forever! Now all I need is more from this magical world. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was excellent YA fantasy! It was well written and not just more of the same dystopian wars that are so popular the last few years. It's new and fresh and I loved it. Also, the characters development is amazing. You will be rooting for them all. Other reviewers mention the "love triangle" but that term is really premature for this book. There is magic and adventure and VERY little romance. It might happen in the future (probably will), but it is not even an issue in this one.
KEMA28 More than 1 year ago
First things first. I recommend this great, fantastic book to EVERYONE. This is no ordinary book. It reminds us about these things and so much more: BELIEVING in ONESELF, knowing that there is LIGHT when there is nothing but darkness around you, DO NOT GIVE UP, there is GOOD in this world and it's worth FIGHTING FOR, HOPE, be YOU, STAND UP for what you believe in, and know that YOU ARE NEVER ALONE. These are just a few things that this book touches on. The world building is so vivid that it is real. You can picture each scene in detail that you even believe that you are in this world too. The pacing and writing flows of each page which made this book a fast, wonderful, enjoyable read. Each character was well developed and felt like real living people. You cheer for these characters. I myself was cheering and yelling "yeah!" for Meira, Theron, Mather, and others. They were such a delight. The characters that really grew on me were Meira and Theron. Meira is a great heroine that anyone can relate to. She is determined, strong, brave, resourceful, smart, stubborn, and not ever giving up without a fight. Theron is also a great character. He is determined, strong, brave, and is always hopeful, not giving up being who he really is. It is great to see how he reminds Meira of this because she always wants to prove herself that she can be important to her home, Winter. These characters grow on you and it is wonderful to see these characters grow leaps and bounds throughout this book. The villain is one heck of a character as well. He is pure evil and he is one of the most evil villains I have ever read in a book. The darkness that seethes through him makes you cringe especially with how he channels his magic conduit to control people into doing what he wants them to do. There is so much that I want to say in this review, but I don't want to spoil this book. Plus I just finished reading it so I am still reeling from it, filled with raw emotions. There are eight kingdoms in Primoria. These kingdoms are divided into Seasons and Rhythms. Each kingdom has a magical conduit that gives the royal heir of each kingdom the power and magic to use as they see fit. There is an evil known as the Decay. It is dark and very powerful. The Kingdom of Winter was conquered, most of the Winterians murdered while the rest were enslaved to the Kingdom of Spring. Their magical conduit was broken in half, leaving them powerless. Only 25 survivors escaped. One of these survivors is Meira. She is an orphan who is training to be a soldier alongside her friend, Mather. Mather is the heir of Winter. What is now left of the survivors(8), they are searching for the two halves of their Winter conduit. This book follows Meira and the rest of the survivors as they venture throughout the lands in search of the Winter magic conduit, fighting for their lives, and trying to defeat the evil King of Spring. Lives are at stake; who will rise above the ashes and who will fall. Overall, this is a wonderful, amazing, spectacular book that will leave you breathless, craving for more. It is filled with action, suspense, mystery, a dash of romance, strong believable characters, and so much more. I cannot wait for the next book in this series. This book is definitely an owner. I highly recommend this book to EVERYONE!
Baileyy_Marie More than 1 year ago
4.5 Stars I absolutely loved this book! To start, the MC is one of my favorite female protagonist that I have read in a while. Meira was strong, smart, and sassy while still managing to be real. The way Raasch balanced her strengths with her reckless, impulsive, and self-doubt made her feel real. Even when she was acting rashly she was self-aware, and I really enjoyed that. Possibly my favorite trait was her ability to be snarky even in dire situations, which made her a delight to read. I am so excited to see her character growth in the next books.  **SPOILER-ISH** {{Love triangle. Now I hate love triangles in books. Like most people who read YA, I find them to be over used, boring, and played out. For some reason though I didn’t hate it in this book. It’s probably because Raasch utilized two of my favorite tropes: fake engagement & childhood crush. Apparently I’m a sucker. & the worst part is that I LIKE both the boys, so I can’t even pick a team. That’s fine with me though, because I’m team Meira (I’m so corny).}} **END SPOILER-ISH** My only qualm with the book was at the very beginning. There was a lot of exposition. I understand as a fantasy we needed that world building, but I felt like much of the first 50 pages was repetitive.  I really liked the overall story. It was fast paced and a great start to a series. I really can’t wait to see where Raasch goes with it. HOW AM I SUPPOSED TO WAIT TILL FALL FOR BOOK 2?!
COBauer More than 1 year ago
Received a copy from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this book when I saw the ARC pop up. The description said GAME OF THRONES meets GRACELING. YES. Please!!!! SNOW LIKE ASHES is a thrilling high fantasy debut from a very talented author. I was drawn in from the first page. Meira is a wonderful hero. She’s tough and a total badass. But unlike many other heroines in the genre, she was super relatable. She was young and vulnerable without being annoying. As the reader, we struggled right along with her. But we also felt empowered when she found her strength. I adored the love story woven in because it felt anything but contrived. Yes, there was a triangle, but it wasn’t the main focus of the story. It was the delicious icing on the cake. Sara Raasch really knows how to surprise the reader as well. This story was full of fantastic twists and turns. But nothing felt like it came out of left field. She subtly dropped hints throughout, so that when a big reveal came you went “OF COURSE!” This is one is a serious page turner with an incredibly satisfying ending. Felt like it could be a stand-alone, but overjoyed to see this is part of a series. Cannot wait for the next!
Renee_Wynne More than 1 year ago
Tackling SNOW LIKE ASHES was hard at first—it’s very information heavy and I’ll be honest, confusing. My head hurt trying to keep up with the kingdoms, the capitols, the kings and queens, the alliances, and the magic rules. But once I started to catch on, the story had me. Raasch has written some kick-ass characters and put a lot of thought into her plot. I LOVED the twists (I want to gush about a particular one, but I don’t want to spoil!), LOVED the action and LOVED the character growth. And there is no love tringle… there’s only Theron ;) Can’t wait for ICE LIKE FIRE.
ALR1 More than 1 year ago
What an exciting, epic, little masterpiece of a fantasy. I’m a sucker for maps, so this book had me from hello, and I enjoyed the history of the kingdoms and the magic. Raasch does an impeccable job of including information without overwhelming the reader because of the action involved: missions, secrets, persecution, and war. And without spoiling anything… I just need to fan my face and say, “THERON!” I loved Meira, a strong, capable (badass of a) heroine who isn’t perfect but makes realizations that make her completely human and easy to root for. Readers are going to love this one.
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Walks in. Waiting.
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I really like this book and I would read it over and over again! :)
Anonymous 12 months ago
I saw the twist coming, but it was still a great journey getting there
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GoodBooksNoSleep More than 1 year ago
Book 2 wasn't as good as book 1. This second book was just too slow for me, and it felt boring. Even Theron and Meira's love chemistry was boring. Mather seem to be bringing his sexiness back but other than that, I find myself skimming through most of the pages. Sorry, maybe because half the story is mostly focus on politics and politics makes me sleepy LOL.
zoeyrosehawthorne More than 1 year ago
I've read a lot of astonishing debuts, especially this year 2015, but Snow Like Ashes is definitely one of the best. Meira is such a strong, fierce, determined heroine. She wants to be in control of her destiny, and has lots of defiance in her. I absolutely love that Sara Raasch thought of such normal, yet original names for the kingdoms of her world. When I met Theron, I immediately felt a connection, and in my heart I thought he was the one. It's a close call, but I'm on Theron's side at this point. I really hope the love triangle dissolves peacefully instead of ruining the series. As I was nearing the end, I realised I had book two; it might not sound like much, but I just love to read series one book after the over. I've waited for a long time to finally read Snow Like Ashes, but I don't regret it. Sara Raasch has created a detailed and deliberate world, and Snow Like Ashes is an amazing debut.
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This is a very great book for ya to read only its not good for little children to be reading because it can have bad words in and they will not understand what they are reading about
Adriyanna More than 1 year ago
Sara Raasch’s Snow Like Ashes was an unexpected gem for me. I was confident I’d enjoy it, but there were definitely some elements that bumped it up to a five star rating. To be honest, my first impression of kingdoms named after seasons felt cheesy, but after reading there’s absolutely nothing cheesy about it. Raasch has this skill to take wholly original ideas, add in incredible writing and create a novel I was hooked onto from the first page. I went into this knowing it was a series and Snow Like Ashes has fixed me onto it; there are a select few books that can do this! Make no mistake, if I enjoy book one, I’ll definitely continue with the series, but I’m not usually fully-engrossed until book two or three. I loved the writing! Snow Like Ashes was a very fine example of 1st POV; the quality reminded me of Blood Red Road or The Hunger Games. I actually felt like I was in Meira’s head or even that Meira had a camera because everything she saw or experienced was described. I read an article by Rachel Starr Thompson called “How Writers Can Be Storyshowers instead of Storytellers”. To paraphrase, humans used to be storytellers so stories were told, with the majority summarized and action happening from a long-distance view. We really need to be storyshowers; writing in scenes and having our novel rely heavily on scene rather than summary (Thompson). Through talent and hard work, Raasch proves to be a storyshower. World-building and plot. I felt having ‘winter’ as the protagonist and ‘summer’ the antagonist was an interesting twist. I generally find winter is associated with bleakness, cold and long nights, and in some fantasy worlds winter is not something you want; the protagonist may even be fighting against winter/a winter-themed villain. Raasch provided a refreshing twist on this archetype. Additionally, whenever I had a question about the fantasy world (ex. which kingdoms have female blood-heirs and which have male), it was immediately answered on the next page or chapter. Using the example above, I wasn’t sure whether the Season Kingdoms had all female blood-heirs (as I knew Winter did) and the Rhythm Kingdoms had all male blood-heirs (I knew Cordell did), but this was quickly answered. Onto our main character, Meira. There’s always something about the protagonist that makes them extraordinary, but a lot of the times it can feel like they were born with this “something”. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but I sometimes feel like the main character is a hero/heroine before the novel begins. Lineage-wise Meira is ordinary – her parents were peasants, which is about the only thing we know about them (at least in Meira’s POV) – and it’s amazing to observe her go from ordinary to extraordinary. The back of the copy I read described this book as, “a hero in the making” and as I read I could actually believe this. As Meira builds her own destiny, her actions make her extraordinary. Moving on, Meira is a very conflicted character. Her country was destroyed when she was an infant, so she doesn’t feel any emotional attachment to it. This in turn created guilt, and character development like such was just as important as freeing the Kingdom of Winter. I really truly loved this debut! Tons of action, a conflicted but strong heroine and great writing had me falling in love with Raasch’s fantasy world. There were some plot twists I did not expect, I’m usually pretty good at figuring out any/all foreshadowing. *Review condensed to fit
AsDreamsAreMade More than 1 year ago
Original Review Link: http://asdreamsaremade.com/2015/06/book-tuesday-snow-like-ashes/ Ok, I have to preface this review with the fact that the blurb pretty much covers the first few chapters and then SO MUCH happens afterwards–all good things though. Meira is one of 8 survivors of Winter, a Kingdom that was overthrown by Angra, the King of Spring. She trains under Sir, Winter’s general, to be the best warrior for Winter, all while fighting her love for her best friend and future king, Mather. She forces her way onto an assignment to retrieve the ancient locket that can restore Winter’s magic; an assignment that starts an avalanche of events that spiral out of Meira’s control. She comes to realize her true destiny and what she must do to save Winter. I really liked this one guys. Meira is an awesome main character who kicks butt (with a chakra!) and wants to make a difference for her country. She can be a bit whiny at times, but understandably so with everybody making decisions about her life around her. The ending really makes you understand why though. Sir and Mather are very opaque, but deep. You never know what they’re thinking–until something drastic happens. Theron. LOVE YOU THERON. Here’s the only issue I had with this book, and some of you might not even think it’s an issue. There was so much happening all at once and really fast! You never had a breather. There was one major thing happening right after the other. I just wanted to be like, "Whoa, calm down." I get it’s a YA book and things usually progress very quickly, but I was a bit overwhelmed! Again, is this really a problem to have? I dunno. Definitely, not a BAD one. There is also that dreaded love triangle thing and we all know how I feel about those... BUT it ended up not being so much of a usual love triangle that I was all "Yay!" Now, Ms. Raasch left it off that there might be some more drama involving said “triangle” in future books, but I think there was a clear distinction as to which guy to go with. The ending was a bit predictable, but still fantastic. It was also one of those rare first trilogy books that leaves you with a satisfying ending, but still has you chomping at the bits for the next installment. I will definitely be picking up it’s sequel, because this was an awesome start to a trilogy!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very compelling plot, although slow to start.