Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch
Also by this author: Ice Like FIre
Series: Snow Like Ashes #1
Also in this series: Ice Like FIre
Published by Balzer + Bray
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Read in: December 2014
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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.
I have been craving a great fantasy read lately and when I started this book I was instantly drawn into the world…
This book starts out with a vibrant world full of a great cast of characters who are on the fringes of society trying to survive. I highly enjoyed reading about Meira and Mather and their friendship in the beginning of this book. Also at the beginning Meira’s character quickly becomes established as her character shines through. All of her hopes, dreams, and fears are laid out there for the reader in the beginning and I loved that the author made her character so balanced. She wasn’t all ready to go out there and kill people with her weapon without any fear. She had fears and some identity issues which added to her will to be strong for her fellow refugees. I also loved watching her in action the first time and I loved that she wanted to prove her worth to the leader of her camp. I also mentioned Mather and I really liked that he was there to balance Meira, he provided a calm and strong front for Meira and just for the entire storyline. I highly enjoyed his character and his passion in the book.
So as you can probably tell I’ve been talking a lot about the beginning of the book. That was because it was what I really enjoyed. I felt that the book did hit a rough patch in the middle of the story. There were some developments that happened right in the middle that really slowed me down. I felt the addition of another male character to the story just really disappointed me. I know this is YA and I should really just expect it by now but it still upset me a little. I liked Theron’s character well enough but I felt that he instantly just wanted a connection with Meira. Also it felt like Meira just left all of her feelings for Mather in the dust and moved towards Theron to support her. It upset me how quickly this happened and it almost made me stop reading this book. I powered through it though to see if it got any better.
After the slow down in the middle of the book I felt that the end of the book did quickly pick up as Meira was set up with more challenges. I felt her character grow again and really enjoyed just watching her accept what was going on in her world. I enjoyed the return of her strength and her love for the Winter kingdom. Even though the twist in the story wasn’t really a surprise I still did enjoy the way that it happened and the battle scenes were certainly uplifting and powerful.
Overall, I did enjoy this one with the exception of the second love interest and the slower middle portion of the book.