Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch

Genre: Fantasy
Type: Trilogy
Date Published: October 14, 2014
Sequel: Ice Like Fire (October 13, 2015)
Publisher: Balzer+Bray

Summary: 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.

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Review: Snow Like Ashes is such a wonderful book that it had me wondering why I have not read this book before. The world is unique, unlike anything I have ever read before. There are the Season kingdoms and Rythm Kingdoms which pretty much drew me in to read this book. The concept was so fascinating and the story was intriguing and had me at the edge of my seat. Miera is such a very independent and strong protagonist and unlike many books that I've read, she always in a near-death situation which made the story very believable and engrossing. She has this vibe that makes her feel much more than just an orphan. The story has a freaking love triangle which I didn't really mind, I just thought it wasn't that well done. All in all, Snow Like Ashes is a fantastical book I have read this year.

My Rating: 4/5