Title: Snow Like Ashes
Author: Sara Raasch
Format/Length: ARC Paperback/432 pages
Publisher/Date Published: October 14th 2014/Balzer + Bray
Category/Genre: Young Adult/High-Fantasy
Description: 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 refugee, raised by the Winterians’ 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.
5/5 stars — Loved it!
Snow Like Ashes was one of my most anticipated reads of 2014.
I was lucky enough to win a advance reader’s copy of this one, and I am so, so glad that I did, because this has officially become one of my favourite books I’ve read this year. First off, as you’ve probably realized, I love everything high/epic fantasy. You get to explore whole new worlds — I mean, who doesn’t want to read something like that? I have to admit that the first thing that caught my attention was, well, the cover.
Can we just take a moment to look at its gloriousness?
If you’re wondering — like I did — what that is on the cover, it’s a chakram: circular throwing blades.
So — in other words — our main character in Snow Like Ashes, Meira, is completely badass and awesome. But insecure and vulnerable too, especially when it came to her role in saving Winter. And I think that was what I most liked about her. She had her fair-share of kick-ass moments, but underneath she’s an orphaned girl who, I believe, doesn’t fully know her place in the world.
Yes. There’s a love triangle.
This might bother some readers who are adamantly opposed to love triangles… but they’re not all bad, or at least I don’t think so. I only have issues with a love triangle when a) the plot becomes too revolved around it for my tastes, and b) when neither of the love interests are likeable. In Snow Like Ashes the love triangle is both likeable and believable… and I will be very interested to see what Meira does about that in the next book.
Oh, and don’t ask me to chose between Mather or Theron. I can’t! But I really did love Meira and Mather’s relationship…
Look out — plot twist!
No spoilers, I promise, so this is going to be as vague as I can possibly make it… but I loved that twist near the end. I. did. not. see. it. coming. At all. It changed the storyline completely — in a good way — and made you second guess both the characters and storyline. I love it when books contains twists I don’t see coming, because predictability in a book is a big no-no for me as a reader. I want to be surprised! I wanted to be shocked! And that, my friends, is what Snow Like Ashes achieved.
So here’s my parting advice to you: Go buy this book when it’s released. I simply loved it. There’s magic, adventure, romance, and a plot that’ll leave you breathless and hanging until the very last page. I find is so hard to write a good review for a five star book, because how will my review ever live up to what I’ve read?
I can’t wait to see what awaits Meira in the next instalment.
A question for you: Are you looking forward to Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch? And what do you think of that gorgeous cover!!?