Title: Snow like Ashes
Author: Sara Raasch
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Pages: 416 (Hardcover), 416 (Paperback), 432 (Ebook)
Release Date: October 14, 2014
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Synopsis from Goodreads:
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.
Such a great high fantasy book! I really enjoyed this book. I liked the different Kingdoms and that they are stuck in the season they are named after. It was a fun adventuress read that kept me rooting for our little Winterians. My only gripe was the “twist”, I say it coming. Anyways, if you think the synopsis sounds like something you would like then please read this book!
Kingdoms: They are four kingdoms, each named after the season they have. I liked that, I find some high fantasy have kingdoms that I can’t remember what made each one unique besides from the one the story takes place. Another reason I liked it is because it helped create a picture what the kingdom looked like without needing to much description in the beginning.
Meira: I’m starting to realized, most of my favorite books/series have a strong female character as the protagonist. Meira falls under that category as well. She is a fighter and would do anything she can for the Mather.
Twist: I am not someone who looks for the possible twists that could be coming up but I saw this twist coming within the first couple of chapter. Neither less this is such a good book.