[Review] Snow Like Ashes

Monday, April 27, 2015

Title: Snow like Ashes

Author: Sara Raasch

Published: October 14, 2014

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Source: Purchased

Quicklinks: Amazon | Goodreads

A heartbroken girl. A fierce warrior. A hero in the making.

Game of Thrones meets Graceling in this striking fantasy tale of dark magic, dangerous politics, and discovering your true self. Sara Raasch’s debut fantasy is a lightning-fast story of loyalty, love, and controlling one’s destiny.

Sixteen years ago the Kingdom of Winter was conquered and its citizens enslaved, leaving them without magic or a monarch. The Winterians’ only hope for freedom is the eight survivors who managed to escape, and who have been searching for the opportunity to steal back Winter’s magic and rebuild their 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 half of the ancient locket that can restore their magic, Meira decides to go after it herself—only to find herself thrust into a world of evil magic and dangerous politics, and to realize that her destiny is not, never has been, her own.
Spoilers ahead.

Snow like Ashes is an amazing story with great characters and an engaging world, throwing you right into Primoria. Unlike most stories, the main character, Meira, immediately stands out. An orphan, a warrior, and much much more. The book is a true page-turner, not once allowing you to put down the book, whilst having you say "just one more chapter."

One thing that really stood out with the book is the lack of romance. Unlike most stories that have the overly-used love triangle (though it contains its moments between Mather and Theron), it keeps its balance with a strong woman (The MC) who is more focused on the task at hand (saving Winter), than getting herself wrapped up in love that could possibly not work out.

The plot smooths out well, slowly building up to the perfect climax, as well as an unexpected epiphany/reveal, making you want to read faster than possible to see what happens next. Moving towards the end of the climax, Ms. Raasch leaves an opening for the possibility of another novel to follow suit and continue the journey of the Winterians while they rebuild their kingdom.

All in all, the story, the cover, the plot, the characterization... everything, is perfectly planned out and written, making this book #2 on my favorite books list. With its soon-to-come partner, Ice like Fire, will be one of my most anticipated books of 2015.

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