Snow Like Ashes

Snow Like Ashes

Paperback | September 15, 2015

bySara Raasch

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A striking fantasy tale of dark magic, dangerous politics, and discovering your true self—perfect for fans of Game of Thrones, An Ember in the Ashes and A Court of Thorns and Roses.

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. 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 the ancient locket that can restore Winter's magic, Meira decides to go after it herself—only to find 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.

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A striking fantasy tale of dark magic, dangerous politics, and discovering your true self—perfect for fans of Game of Thrones, An Ember in the Ashes and A Court of Thorns and Roses.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 ...

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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 Wint...

Sara Raasch has known she was destined for bookish things since the age of five, when her friends had a lemonade stand and she tagged along to sell her hand-drawn picture books too. Not much has changed since then: her friends still cock concerned eyebrows when she attempts to draw things, and her enthusiasm for the written word still ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:448 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 1.01 inPublished:September 15, 2015Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0062286935

ISBN - 13:9780062286932

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Entertaining and Thrilling Book A very cool (no pun intended) and thrilling book! I wasn't expecting as much action as there was, or for the events and twists to be as wicked. I started enjoying it right from the start, instantly understanding the motivations and personality of Meira and getting a little swoony over Mather. The story that expanded from there definitely took a turn that I didn't expect, and while I thought it was a little cruel and pushing the drama too hard for a bit, I didn't mind it. The situation is a complex one and while I wasn't too keen on the love triangle coming into play, at least the drama made a bit of sense, and Meira's frustration was understandable. The third act was where I was hooked. Even though I guessed Meira's secret early on, I was nonetheless shocked and captivated by her ordeal at the end and how she overcame it. I liked the ending a lot and am very excited to see where things progress from here. This was a great book with rich characters, detailed world-building, budding romance, intense action, and tons of surprises. Can't wait to see what happens next!
Date published: 2016-11-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from OMGOMGOMG! I've only read this book but I can't wait to read the rest. The world is really cool and the idea is really awesome. Some of it was predictable but still amazing.
Date published: 2016-11-18
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Disappointing Not sure when I'll read the equal because even though I thought the plot was great, the writing and character development wasn't.
Date published: 2016-11-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from COOL and CHILLY Yes that was my failed attempt at a pun. Anyways, I thought this book was great. The world was different and unique to me. I like the magic system (always an important aspect) and I generally enjoyed the plot of the story. I think Meira is a very cute character with all her quirks, but she undeniably brave and a risk taker. It does have a love triangle (I despise these), but the romance was still very good. (meaning I haven't picked a side...yet) Still I really enjoyed this book. If you like magical conquests and fighting to salvage kingdoms, definitely pick this one up.
Date published: 2016-11-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My Piece of Cake This is literally reading all the weird fantasies I make up in my head
Date published: 2016-11-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Enjoyed I love this series, I wish it was longer!! Meira and Mather are amazing, I love love their relationship and them growing. I wish there was a bit more magic in it, there's a lot of talk about it, but you don't see it much.
Date published: 2016-11-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Bold Characters with Surprising Twists I have been dying to read Snow Like Ashes for a long time. People have been recommending it to me nonstop. The only reason I hadn't read it yet was because I didn't like waiting for sequels after reading the first in a series. I was motivated to open up Snow Like Ashes when by chance, I picked it out for a friend to read. She asked if I wanted to buddy read it with her and even though I finished way later than she did, I'm really happy to report we both loved it! The world in Snow Like Ashes is complicated. We learn how each of the kingdoms operates and how they channel their magic through conduits. It took me some time to wrap my head around it all but once I did, I was fascinated. I love that there were males heirs as well as females heirs. Gender equality all the way ;) Primoria was beautiful. The layout of the land is magnificent. The book mentions that Theron has a beautiful map of the land and I so wish it was real. Meira was an extremely headstrong protagonist. She wanted to do as much as she possibly could to help Mather and Winter regain its former glory. In the beginning, she was hesitant to take action; mostly because her superior forbid her so she found "...silence is infinitely easier than talking." (p. 21). It wasn't until things began to happen that she finds her confidence. She was exposed to hideous situations that she never imagined to find herself in. I couldn't help but admire her strength and persistence. Even during tough times, she pulled herself through. The romance wasn't at the forefront of the story but it did motivate the characters to take action. I wouldn't necessarily call it a love triangle. It's true there are two guys (Mather and Theron) vying for Meira's affection but I think it's very clear who she wants. She even says so herself when she notices her feelings for one guy wasn't what it was before. I'm officially on Team Theron. He encourages Meira like no other. "There will always be a they in your new life... The trick is to find a way to still be you through it all." (p. 191). Through sharing his own experience and his past with her, he got Meira to open up more. There were some pretty extensive deception in the story and I couldn't believe I guessed the twist! I knew there had to be something big. When my theory first popped into my head, I thought it was pretty absurd. However, as I read on, I noticed the chances of it being true was high. There were some very subtle hints that raised my suspicions. I'll stop right here before I give anything away but let me just say - every waiting moment was worth it in the end. If you love fantasy then make sure you get yourself a copy of Snow Like Ashes! Besides the gorgeous cover, this book has a stunning world with bold characters and brilliant twists and surprises!
Date published: 2016-11-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good but a little predictable I think the only word I can use to describe this book would be epic! I loved the story and can't wait for the sequel. I only gave it 4 stars because some parts were a little slow and there was a fleeting prediction I had that ended up being true. Overall a great story!
Date published: 2015-08-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely loved it! Sara Raasch’s Snow Like Ashes was an unexpected gem for me. I was confident I’d enjoy it, but there were definitely some elements that bumped it up to a five star rating. To be honest, my first impression of kingdoms named after seasons felt cheesy, but after reading there’s absolutely nothing cheesy about it. Raasch has this skill to take wholly original ideas, add in incredible writing and create a novel I was hooked onto from the first page. I went into this knowing it was a series and Snow Like Ashes has fixed me onto it; there are a select few books that can do this! Make no mistake, if I enjoy book one, I’ll definitely continue with the series, but I’m not usually fully-engrossed until book two or three. I loved the writing! Snow Like Ashes was a very fine example of 1st POV; the quality reminded me of Blood Red Road or The Hunger Games. I actually felt like I was in Meira’s head or even that Meira had a camera because everything she saw or experienced was described. I read an article by Rachel Starr Thompson called “How Writers Can Be Storyshowers instead of Storytellers”. To paraphrase, humans used to be storytellers so stories were told, with the majority summarized and action happening from a long-distance view. We really need to be storyshowers; writing in scenes and having our novel rely heavily on scene rather than summary (Thompson). Through talent and hard work, Raasch proves to be a storyshower. World-building and plot. I felt having ‘winter’ as the protagonist and ‘summer’ the antagonist was an interesting twist. I generally find winter is associated with bleakness, cold and long nights, and in some fantasy worlds winter is not something you want; the protagonist may even be fighting against winter-a winter-themed villain. Raasch provided a refreshing twist on this archetype. Additionally, whenever I had a question about the fantasy world (ex. which kingdoms have female blood-heirs and which have male), it was immediately answered on the next page or chapter. Using the example above, I wasn’t sure whether the Season Kingdoms had all female blood-heirs (as I knew Winter did) and the Rhythm Kingdoms had all male blood-heirs (I knew Cordell did), but this was quickly answered. Onto our main character, Meira. There’s always something about the protagonist that makes them extraordinary, but a lot of the times it can feel like they were born with this “something”. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but I sometimes feel like the main character is a hero-heroine before the novel begins. Lineage-wise Meira is ordinary - her parents were peasants, which is about the only thing we know about them (at least in Meira’s POV) - and it’s amazing to observe her go from ordinary to extraordinary. The back of the copy I read described this book as, “a hero in the making” and as I read I could actually believe this. As Meira builds her own destiny, her actions make her extraordinary. Moving on, Meira is a very conflicted character. Her country was destroyed when she was an infant, so she doesn’t feel any emotional attachment to it. This in turn created guilt, and character development like such was just as important as freeing the Kingdom of Winter. I really truly loved this debut! Tons of action, a conflicted but strong heroine, and great writing had me falling in love with Raasch’s fantasy world. There were some plot twists I did not expect - I’m usually pretty good at figuring out any-all foreshadowing - and there was one type of scene that had me pondering the dynamics-how it could be happening. I couldn’t decide if it was a dream, memory, or some kind of magic involved, but it stood out a lot to me! I’m extremely excited for the sequel, Ice Like Fire and what sort of challenges lie ahead for these characters!
Date published: 2015-08-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely loved it! Sara Raasch’s Snow Like Ashes was an unexpected gem for me. I was confident I’d enjoy it, but there were definitely some elements that bumped it up to a five star rating. To be honest, my first impression of kingdoms named after seasons felt cheesy, but after reading there’s absolutely nothing cheesy about it. Raasch has this skill to take wholly original ideas, add in incredible writing and create a novel I was hooked onto from the first page. I went into this knowing it was a series and Snow Like Ashes has fixed me onto it; there are a select few books that can do this! Make no mistake, if I enjoy book one, I’ll definitely continue with the series, but I’m not usually fully-engrossed until book two or three. I loved the writing! Snow Like Ashes was a very fine example of 1st POV; the quality reminded me of Blood Red Road or The Hunger Games. I actually felt like I was in Meira’s head or even that Meira had a camera because everything she saw or experienced was described. I read an article by Rachel Starr Thompson called “How Writers Can Be Storyshowers instead of Storytellers”. To paraphrase, humans used to be storytellers so stories were told, with the majority summarized and action happening from a long-distance view. We really need to be storyshowers; writing in scenes and having our novel rely heavily on scene rather than summary (Thompson). Through talent and hard work, Raasch proves to be a storyshower. World-building and plot. I felt having ‘winter’ as the protagonist and ‘summer’ the antagonist was an interesting twist. I generally find winter is associated with bleakness, cold and long nights, and in some fantasy worlds winter is not something you want; the protagonist may even be fighting against winter/a winter-themed villain. Raasch provided a refreshing twist on this archetype. Additionally, whenever I had a question about the fantasy world (ex. which kingdoms have female blood-heirs and which have male), it was immediately answered on the next page or chapter. Using the example above, I wasn’t sure whether the Season Kingdoms had all female blood-heirs (as I knew Winter did) and the Rhythm Kingdoms had all male blood-heirs (I knew Cordell did), but this was quickly answered. Onto our main character, Meira. There’s always something about the protagonist that makes them extraordinary, but a lot of the times it can feel like they were born with this “something”. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but I sometimes feel like the main character is a hero/heroine before the novel begins. Lineage-wise Meira is ordinary - her parents were peasants, which is about the only thing we know about them (at least in Meira’s POV) - and it’s amazing to observe her go from ordinary to extraordinary. The back of the copy I read described this book as, “a hero in the making” and as I read I could actually believe this. As Meira builds her own destiny, her actions make her extraordinary. Moving on, Meira is a very conflicted character. Her country was destroyed when she was an infant, so she doesn’t feel any emotional attachment to it. This in turn created guilt, and character development like such was just as important as freeing the Kingdom of Winter. I really truly loved this debut! Tons of action, a conflicted but strong heroine, and great writing had me falling in love with Raasch’s fantasy world. There were some plot twists I did not expect - I’m usually pretty good at figuring out any/all foreshadowing - and there was one type of scene that had me pondering the dynamics/how it could be happening. I couldn’t decide if it was a dream, memory, or some kind of magic involved, but it stood out a lot to me! I’m extremely excited for the sequel, Ice Like Fire and what sort of challenges lie ahead for these characters!
Date published: 2015-08-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not Bad At All. Snow Like Ashes, Snow Like Ashes, this is the book you’ve got to read. YES. What I can honestly tell you is that the hype is clear and it’s crazy. After reading ARC reviews of this one months before it actually was released in October 2014, I decided to frightfully add this into my TBR list. And then for Christmas, I asked for it since all of my blog friends, you guys, adored it. Why be the downer and the grumpy person and not go for a chance of high fantasy, one of my favourite new genres? This was a good book. I liked it, but it didn't captivate me to the best ability that a book can do to me. I’ve been through better experiences and have read better books that are similar in the aspect to this one, but it was pretty enjoyable and took me out of Earth’s reality for a little while. But really, Raasch does create awesome characters. I mean, as a whole, these guys couldn't possibly be any more kickass. It was like this book was written for their kickass-ilty. Sure, after kicking some of the instalove out of the way, we’ve got the awesomeness in our hands. Meira is really comparing to be the next Celaena from TOG, though Cel became my favourite heroine after the first book. “Magic. The word flies through my mind like it was there all along, a quiet pulse of knowledge that told me everything felt off. Wrong. And it was wrong, all of it, because the soldier drops his arms and pulls his shoulders up straight, his body morphing before me.” It’s so amazing to read a debut novel coming from an author who’s always dreamt of this illusion. It practically puts my heart on a pan and stir fries it with caramel. (Wow, that was deep.) Raasch’s writing shook me, threw me off the wall a couple times, but it mostly got me devoured and happy. This was a good high fantasy. This wasn’t a five star novel, or a four star, but it was enjoyable. Isn’t that practically all we’re looking for when coming to read and review (in the future) a book? Then yes, why aren’t I giving this five stars just for the heck and sake of it since I enjoyed it? There were tweaks that weren’t for me, and I felt like I’ve seen this story somewhere else. For a second, just take a look at the caption that is stated on the back of the cover: “A heartbroken girl. A fierce warrior. A hero in the making. Can Meira save a world she’s never truly known?” This totally gives this book an image of something cheap and a total knockoff. *silently barfs in the corner* It sounds like a knockoff of Throne of Glass, with less fighting and more romance-focused stuff. The Kingdom of Winter was a gorgeous place to read about, actually, and learning and building my mind in this futuristically historic (you know what I mean) world was really cool. Winterians? You’d expect these people to live in the sake of a blizzard 24/7. But this was like Frozen, with some TOG and other hints and specks of the other fantasy books that we’ve come to love today. Meira doesn’t know her place in the world. *rolls eyes* She’s been orphaned and left behind where she has decided to come to fight the enemy and serve the king. Doesn’t this sound like something we’ve already heard of? And then there are also two guys who are pretty cool and chill with each other. Ugh. Like if I didn't love Throne of Glass and high fantasy so much, then I’d probably would’ve given this a much lower rating. So we should all be thankful here that I was nice enough to spare this a three. For me, three is something okay, and enjoyed with. I may or may not grab the sequel in the near future. When I read this two weeks ago, my copy has just been in my shelf for a few moments, and I just needed to read this out of all of my Christmas newbies. I think that the hype has gone out of control and I just wanted to see my opinion. Turns out, I wish I could’ve given this a higher one, though. It’s SO BEAUTIFUL, THOUGH. *pets cover* As I began reading until about the halfway mark, I was really intrigued. The action was melted perfectly into my mind and I really began to like the characters and some ships did come on. But after an event I will not speak about, I was lost. I wasn’t confused or anything like that in an aspect, but I just kind of sat there shrugging. It went to a slow-paced mode, and there was too much info-dumping and wild details. WE DIDN’T NEED THAT. “You want to marry Theron,” he says again, and everything in his body sags. “You don’t— Want me. His unspoken words drape over me, weighing me down and down until I think I might crumple onto the straw-covered floor.” Huh. This book could've had it all... *sings Adele in head* But it didn't. Raasch was a fantastic author and I really liked her powerful writing, though I am not really a huge lover of this one. It lacked depth and realness through the plot, and there was far too much info-dumping. I was the definite black sheep. Was I missing something from this?
Date published: 2015-01-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A must read for everyone! So initially picked this book up back at the end of 2014 thinking I was going to get right to reading it, but unfortunately I kept putting it off for weeks, and then months. Finally in the new year I decided that I put it off for far too long and eagerly immersed myself into the world of Primoria. The only thing I was disappointed in was myself, for not reading this amazing story when I first bought it! Everything about this story was amazing! The world building, unique kingdom names and of course the impressive cast of characters. So let's start off with the world itself. Primoria is divided into two major regions, The Seasons, and The Rhythms. Then divided into 4 kingdoms in each regions. Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter; Cordell, Ventralli, Paisley, and Yakim. So you can imagine how much would have to go into the story to create such a fanatsic world. All the Season's of course only experienced one type of weather, where as the Rhythms experienced all our weathered seasons. And in each Season the people that lived there all had specific appearance differences. Such as the Winterians have white hair and blue eyes, and Autumnians having black hair, darker skin, and brown eyes etc. There was so much detail that went into the world building that didn't give me any trouble trying to envision it inside my own head. Most other stories make me fill in blanks with what I think things look like, where as in Snow Like Ashes everything was very well detailed that there was no confusion. One other thing I thought was clever was the names of some of the cities in the Season's kingdoms. Such as Jannuari in the Winter kingdom, Abril in the Spring Kingdom, Oktuber in the Autumn kingdom, etc. Using the months that occur in each season was clever to use as the cities names in each kingdom. Too bad I'm probably the only one that thought that was super cool. Nerd alert. Moving on to the characters of Snow Like Ashes. (At least the ones I think deserve mentioning.) We'll start with Meira of course. Being the main character I had a lot of high hopes for a super heroine! Usually when I expect too much I end getting let down, but not this time around. Meira is strong willed, clever, athletic, and not the typical girly girl. Most of this has to do with the way she was brought up by Sir. Being a refugee meant she had to be strong and courageous if she ever thought they would get their kingdom back. No matter what she did throughout the story, not once did I doubt her intentions or face palm at her mistakes. She continuously grows as the novel progresses and learns to accept her new destiny. Mather, the future king of Winter was another one of my favorite characters in Snow Like Ashes. He was brave, stubborn, and strong willed as well. No matter what happened he would always try to figure a way to fix it. Always optimistic and continuously did what was best for Meira and the rest of the refugees in hopes that one day they would get back their kingdom and his throne. Theron the dreamy prince of Cordell, one of the Rhythmns Kingdoms. I routed for this guy since he was first introduced in the book. He was lovable, caring and not the asshole that his father is. He doesn't want to conquer Primoria and take control over the magic from Winter but does everything in his power to help Meira get her kingdom and people back from Spring. As the novel progresses you can't help but fall head over heels for this guy and his sweet personality. Quite the opposite of his power controlling Father, King Noam. King Noamis ruthless and only thinks of his kingdom and what he can gain from aligning with Winter to get their kingdom back. I only felt true hate for this man and nothing changes as the story goes on. Then we have the major antagonist, Angra, the king of Spring. If you could think of all the worst qualities and traits a person can have then you pretty much envision Angra. The only words I could use to describe his power hungry ways is EVIL. That's it. Just complete dark, black clouds of evil. Which doesn't surprise me that his favorite henchman Herod is a piece of trash of a character. Scary, ruthless, and disgusting. What more could you want from a powerful antagonist such as Angra and his sidekick Herod. Last but not least we have William (Sir), and Hannah. William is the general in charge of the refugees and the kingdom of Winter. His powerful and courageous leadership is what gives hope to each one of the refugees fighting to get their precious magic and kingdom back from Angra. His sacrifices and hard attitude toward Meira really shows just how much he truly cares for her and everything she will become. And then theirs Hannah, the Queen of Winter who sacrificed her life for the lives of her people. You only meet her through Meira's dreams and hallucinations. But what we learn of what she did for all her kingdom really shows her true selfless personality. What more could you want from the Queen of you kingdom. I couldnt have asked for a better first book in this trilogy beacuse it truly makes me want to read more and more of the story. Ahhh... so many unanswered questions by the end and so much untold story. Seriously makes the wait for the next book unbearable.. but totally worth it. Pick up this book if you haven't already. You're missing out on an awesome fantasy read! One of the best I've read this year so far. Sara Raasch, if you're reading this thank you so much for a fantastic journey and I can't wait to find out what happens next!
Date published: 2015-01-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read This was a great read, highly enjoyable!
Date published: 2014-12-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Fantasy Read! I absolutely adored this book!!! Sara Raasch, you created this amazing world and characters that I knew I would be hooked on too. I devoured this book! This is fantasy at its greatest, especially if you like the Throne of Glass (which I loved too) series you will definitely like this one. The cover really represents the novel and it is really eye-catching. There is a hot romance, rebellion , magic, and kingdoms. I am currently in love with this series after I finished it! Meira is a character that is determined and is really skilled. She is loyal to the family she knows and to regain Winter to it's kingdom. Meira also wants to be a member to her group that survived Winter's siege sixteen years ago. She was orphaned as a baby when the war broke out when Spring attacked, only 25 of her people survived. The conduit is what holds Winter's magic to restore it to their land, but it has been broken into two pieces and get it back to Prince, but the conduit is female blooded and the heir is a Winter male. This is what would spark Meira's desire to become a warrior and prove herself. I loved how she is strong, and her character development in the story is amazing. She is also independent and just a kick a** of a heroine. The chemistry between both Mather (the Prince) and the prince of Cordell, Theron. This love triangle was made to make you pick who you want Meira more with. I was definitely torn since Sara knows how to make you fall in love with both of them (especially ones without a shirt, the other a hot prince). Meira has always been in love with Mather, but she feels unworthy of him since he is the prince. But their connection is strong because they are friends as well (I do like Mather jealous). Theron is another character I really liked since he also falls for Meira, he gets to understand her for trying to regain her kingdom. Sara Raasch is an author to look out for since she know how to get you addicted to her plot and characters. It had great character build and once you get to understand the kingdoms and monarchies it will make sense. There is even a map!! Had lots of action scenes with fighting and pitting good vs evil. The ending was firm and had no cliffhanger, but I really want the sequel to find out what is going to happen in the next book!
Date published: 2014-10-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fabulous fantasy read This book is one of the prime examples of why I love fantasy so much. Ugh <3 First, can we talk about the cover? I love it to pieces! It's got the chakram that Meira uses up on the front and I love how the snow is out of focus near the bottom. (I'm a little bit of a design freak). This cover is B.E.A. utiful. This book is fabulous. If you didn't know, this blog is named after two of my great loves, winter and coffee. So it is so much fun to read a book with my favourite season personified. This idea is incredibly original and so refreshing to read something so new and vibrant. SNOW LIKE ASHES is a YA fantasy that can be comparable to Throne of Glass and Graceling with kickass, flawed heroines. Meira frustrated me to no end from the start. Her stubbornness and how headstrong is clear from the beginning and I could already tell that she was nudging herself into dangerous territory. I could only mentally yell at her as she continued on with what she was doing. I was a little wary of Mather in the beginning because of the weird "I shouldn't like you but I do" thing that Meira has going on with him. Also because he's the king of Winter and Meira is pretty much the only girl his age that he's ever encountered in his entire life(?). Mather is pretty much a stand up guy, though he does make some questionably honourable choices later in the book. I really like Theron. Really. Like. Theron. Guess what? I found some royalty for my book boyfriend harem. I also couldn't help but think of Charlize Theron every time his name came up. Theron was sweet and understanding. He was supportive of Meira and didn't belittle her. Even Meira could see that he treated her as his equal and that they were on equal footing. When shit happens, he's right there by her side. It also doesn't hurt that he's hella hot too. Unf. And there is a shirtless scene with both Theron and Mather. Thank you, Sara! :D I was surprised in the best way with SNOW LIKE ASHES because things that happened, I didn't expect, though I probably should have seen it coming. The plot moved quickly, which I love because I love action and there is certainly a lot of that in this book. I'm most definitely excited for this book to come out and for the next book to come out. Fantabulous!
Date published: 2014-10-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Addicting! When Meira was just an infant, the Kingdom of Spring attacked the Kingdom of Winter, killing or enslaving its people. All except for eight remaining survivors, Meira included. All she's ever wanted to do was to help restore her kingdom, and now with a plan to steal back Winter's magic, she can do just that. But the mission doesn't go as planned and Meira soon finds herself in over her head. This book had some of the most complicated world-building I'd seen in a while and I loved it. There were eight kingdoms but most of the time was spent in three, Winter, Spring, and Cordell. There were four season Kingdoms and four rhythm Kingdoms, and in the seasons' kingdoms the magic was female-blooded. There was a lot of politics and negotiating, which could have gotten boring, but instead I found it really interesting. I thought it was just the right amount to show how delicate of a game it can be without dragging down the rest of the book. Meira was simply awesome. She was independent, strong, determined, stubborn, very stubborn, and I liked her immediately. There was never a time when I felt she was being overly dramatic. Instead I always understood her emotions and decisions and most of the time agreed with her. I loved the growth she showed throughout the book as she discovered more about herself, about the inner workings of the court, and about the big Spring-Winter battle. There was a little bit of a love triangle with Mather, Meira's childhood friend and future king of Winter and Theron, the prince of Cordell, but it wasn't the main part of the book. It didn't feel thrown in just to create conflict. I liked Mather, I felt for him with all the pressure he had on him and his future not really being his own due to being the heir. But then came Theron, so sweet with a love of the arts and I was instantly lost. Even with all the politics and complicated world-building, the book was still fast-paced with so much action. As mentioned, it never felt like there was a moment the book dragged. The only problem I had with it was that some of the twists were a little predictable, but that didn't stop my enjoyment of it. Definitely a high fantasy series to watch out for. And own in physical format because that cover is gorgeous! *I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Date published: 2014-09-18

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“A new society, a grand adventure, and a first romance, all rolled into one big fantasy epic.”