Snow Like Ashes: Review

Posted September 19, 2015 by daniel in book review / 0 Comments

Snow Like Ashes: ReviewSnow Like Ashes (Snow Like Ashes, #1) by Sara Raasch
Published by Balzer + Bray on October 14th 2014
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Young Adult
Pages: 416
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased
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four-stars

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.

The world of Snow like Ashes was well developed and deep. This is really all I ask for in a fantasy novel. The book begins 16 years after the near extermination of a nation by evil forces of which you know little about in the beginning. The author does a good job of adding backstory as the book progresses, however, the first chapter or two was difficult for me because there was very little or no back story presented until later. It almost felt like a sequel when I started reading it. If, like me, you are one who needs to know tons of backstory right up front, the first couple chapters may be difficult. With that said I will now tell you that it is worth it. I enjoyed this book, it covers many aspects that I look for in a good read. Snow like Ashes as well developed characters, epic action scenes, complicated magic schemas, political intrigue, and generally realistic relationships with related drama and craziness. I’m not big on relationship drama but for those who are; Snow like Ashes has some. I also liked that the ending was not a huge cliff hanger like you see in many series. Overall I would recommend Snow like Ashes to those who like fantasy worlds and discovering new unique magic systems in those fantasy worlds.

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