Book: Snow Like Ashes (Snow Like Ashes 1) by Sara Raasch
Release Date: October 14th 2014
Reading Format and Edition: English hardcover edition from Balzer + Bray
Rating: 4,5 out of 5 stars
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.
A book with a world where there are four countries based on the seasons? That sounds incredibly cool, and yet can turn out so cheesy. Luckily Snow Like Ashes makes it work.
The world in this book is interesting. Next to the four countries of the seasons, there are four other countries in Primoria. I was pleased to see this, because it helps to deepen the world and moves the idea away from the cheesiness I was so afraid of. I hope in the next books we will learn more about the world and the other countries. For now the world building was enough, but it does need to be expanded on. The magic system sounds very interesting. I hope we learn more in depth about it in the next book.
As for the plot, I found that to be a tad bit too predictable. If it had not been I would have rated this book 5 stars easily. But I guessed the twist at the end in the first or second chapter which took the surprise of the ending away. There is still plenty to delve into plot wise for the next books. I’m hoping that I will be surprised then.
Meira is the main character and I took an instant liking to her. Throughout the book she slowly became more her own person. She is strong, and learning about her abilities. I liked Mather at the beginning, but his reactions in the midsection put me off him a bit. I really liked Theron. Both guys grew nearing the ending though Theron quite a bit more than Mather I would say.
I even liked the romance in this book. It was a bit on the heavy side in the middle, but overall good. I could feel Meira and Mather at the start, but I could also understand what attracted Meira in Theron. They were in the same boat.