Title: Snow Like Ashes
Author: Sara Raasch
Pages: 416 pages
Published: October 14th, 2014
Genre: YA Fantasy
Source: Hardcover, From Target xD
Rating: :D :D :D :D
A heartbroken girl. A fierce warrior. A hero in the making.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 refuge, raised by the Winterian's general, Sir. Training to be a warrior-- and desperately in love with her best friend, and future king, Mather-- she would do anything to help her kingdom 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. Finally, she's scaling towers, fighting enemy soldiers, and serving her kingdom just as she's always dreamed she would. But the mission doesn't go as planned, and Meira soon finds 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.Buy it now!
I read this alongside my awesome booktuber friend Bridget. She will probably do a video review for this book or talk about it in her wrap up, so you should subscribe to her and be on the lookout for recent videos. Subscribe here ------> CLICK ME! In a short and simple summary, I extremely loved this book. I was ecstatic when Bridget suggested that we should read an epic fantasy book that has been on our TBR since forever.
I had so much love for the author and her world-building. It was a masterpiece! A world split into different seasons? Utter and brilliant genius work right there. The story follows Meira when she's sixteen-years-old and takes place after the fall of her kingdom, Winter. You see, these seasons all have a conduit that contains their magic and grants them the few things they need to make their kingdom successful. For example, the Winterians used their conduit to make their mines plentiful and wealthy in resources. These seasons compete with one another for more magic and powerful in general. However, Spring comes out on top when they attack Winter and take their conduit. Winter is left helpless with no magic and no more Queen, just the young heir to take her place. With only 8 refugees that have survived the fall of Winter, this is an amazing story that takes you on the journey of Meira's life, finding her place in this war and helping her people from becoming extinct.
The magic system is refutable and there is a lot of time that is meant for explaining why things happen. There are a lot of terms important to the world of Snow Like Ashes, but that's the price that comes with like every fantasy book on the shelves these days. So just keep that in mind before picking a book like this up. If you're not used to extreme world building and fantastical terms made up by the author, then maybe this book isn't the best for you. But hey, it's great to try fantasy.
The plot is built up so much but it leaves off at such a satisfying point. It's not like there is a major cliffhanger and the author just leaves you wanting for more. I found it well met to my expectations but I know there's more to the story, you know what I mean? I hope that makes sense.
Bridget and I talked about this but we both said that Meira is such a strong heroine. In the beginning, as one of the last female survivors of Winter's fall, Sir doesn't allow Meira to fight at all and keeps her form her true potential. She really fights for her chance to prove everyone wrong and ends up doing something that hasn't been done in a long time. Read the book to find out what I mean.
Overall this book was strong in the fantasical element of world-building and creating characters that didn't just stand around in the story. Also I would say, for those of you who like to guess plots, that this book has quite the predictable plot or at least according to Bridget. Ladies and gentlemen, let me introduce you to Bridget the bookteller who was guessing these plots spot-on back and forth! It was so amazing, and I had a blast of the time reading and guessing with her! Though, I did come up with some ridiculous and silly plots.
And don't forget to read Ice Like Fire (Book #2) when it comes out on October 13th!
Check out Bridget's detailed and enthusiastic review!