Snow like Ashes: Snow like Ashes (Book 1)
by Sara Raasch
“A lightning-fast tale of loyalty, love, and finding one’s destiny.
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 searching for the chance 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 and future king, Mather – she would do anything to help Winter rise to power again. So when Scouts discover the location of the ancient locket that can restore their magic, Meira decides to go after it, 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.”
I had no idea what Snow like Ashes was about, but I had lots of good things and with the third book about to be released I thought I should get in there and read the first two.
Meira is one of eight refugees that travel Primoria, hiding from Spring while also attacking it. They are searching for Winter’s conduit, which was broken 16 years before when Spring conquered Winter, kept in Spring in two different locations. Meira is in love with Mather, Winter’s future king, but when they have to flee to Cordell Meira is part of the bargain for assistance, she is betrothed to Cordell’s prince Theron.
I have literally just put it down, and that was incredible! To start with I thought it went a little bit slow, but from chapter 6 onwards I was completely hooked and I could not put it down.
My favourite characters are Meira, Mather, Theron and Nessa, there are some other characters that I like however I feel like they may need a bit more to them for me to love them. There are some characters that are written for you to hate or distrust and they are perfect, I thought one was a bit dodgy early on once they appeared and I was right. All the characters no matter how big or small were fabulous.
It took a while for Snow like Ashes to get going, but once it did I was gripped, the twists and turns were fantastic. I read it in 5 days, but there was at least one day when I did not pick it up. I loved the fight scenes and the scenes between Meira and Mather or Meira and Theron. I literally gasped at one point, I laughed at a few too, and it made me tense, sad and scared in all the right places.
Snow like Ashes ends on a cliffhanger, this is because the Snow like Ashes series continues in Ice like Fire.
When reading Snow like Ashes, I described it as refugees trying to fight for their kingdom while not having the one thing every other kingdom has. I would recommend this book to older teenagers and adults, due to more mature content. 5 out of 5.
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