Thursday, February 4, 2016

Review: Snow Like Ashes

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.

Rating: 5 Stars

Book Title: Snow Like Ashes

Author: Sara Raasch

Release Date: October 14th, 2014

Pages: 416

Publisher: Balzer + Bray


            Unlike the world in which A Game of Thrones is set in, where winter is dreaded because it lasts for years on end when it comes, the Winterians from Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch live for the snow below their feet and the icy temperatures brought on by this frigid season.  Unfortunately the denizens of this Kingdom haven’t seen snow in years.  After another Kingdom, Spring, defeated them 16 years ago, what is left of the citizens of the Kingdom of Winter are enslaved by Angra and the Kingdom of Spring where they are forced to work hard labor from morning till night. 
            When the Kingdom of Winter was overtaken though, a few of its denizens managed to escape.  When we first meet main character Meira, she is living with 7 other Winterian survivors, who are all set on one mission: retrieving both pieces of the lost locket that acts as a conduit for their Kingdom’s magic.  Getting it back would mean restoring the magic and power their Kingdom needs in order to overthrow the Spring Kingdom and free the rest of their family and friends.  Did I mention one of the 8 survivors is the King of Winter?  He’s also the best friend of Meira.
            Short of making this really confusing, I want to talk about why I loved Snow Like Ashes so much, other than its fantastic world building and great characters.  I’ve come to find that in numerous YA fantasy series, especially trilogies, there’s a small amount (ok A LOT) of predictability in the succession of events; meet orphaned underdog, underdog goes on a mission, gets captured, friends rescue him/her and they escape.  Ok you get the picture and I’m not saying that necessarily happens in all fantasy series, but a good handful of the time I find it all too easy to see where the story is going from the very start and with Snow Like Ashes, that wasn’t the case.  Each chapter was exciting and the story was quick-paced and I didn’t find myself losing attention at all.  There’s also a big plot twist that HELLO I didn’t for a second consider or see coming.  Maybe I was just slacking on the detective work as I was reading this time, but I’d like to think that I’m pretty good about catching on to these sorts of things.
            Although I obviously loved Meira and even Mather, said best friend and king of Winter, one of the minor characters that I really found myself falling in love with was Theron.  I mean how could any book addict NOT?! Prince Theron is destined to lead his Kingdom (Cordel) one day when his father is done, but that doesn’t stop him from pursuing his passions in the meantime: reading, writing, and art.  He’s basically the hot bookish boyfriend every girl dreams of.  Not only that, but when Meira and him are placed in a sticky (and somewhat awkward) situation during the story, he handles it with grace and takes everything in stride.  He’s also extremely friendly and helps Meira adjust to her new surroundings when she first arrives in Cordel.  Having lived in a tent on the run all her life, Meira knows nothing of living as a Lady and how to handle the royal treatment she is exposed to once she arrives to Theron’s home.
            All in all, I have zero complaints about Snow Like Ashes! It’s no secret that I LIVE for YA Fantasy and Sara Raasch’s world reminded me just how much I love books from this genre.  That being said, I can’t believe I waited so long to start this series, especially since the second book, Ice Like Fire, was just released in October of last year.  Worked out in my favor though so I don’t have to wait around for the next book to be released! I already located a copy of Ice Like Fire at my town’s library and put it on reserve!


  1. This sounds super interesting and exciting! I don't often pick up fantasy but there are sometimes a few that are worth it. And this sounds like one of those. Especially with Prince Theron! lol So glad you enjoyed this one! I enjoyed your review. :)

    Tanya @ Girl Plus Books

    1. thanks Tanya!and I fully believe Theron is the boy version of me! LOL.

  2. Wow. The book sounds amazing. Just in time since I'm still thinking of what to read next! Hopefully I can start on this before the month ends! :)

    Love, Richel. | Richel Goes Places

    1. Thanks Richel! and i hope you enjoy this book if you read it! I just recently finished the second one in the series as well, Ice Like Fire, and it was good!


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