I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch
Series: Snow Like Ashes #1
Published by HarperCollins on October 14th 2014
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.
For Meira, her birthplace of Winter seems like a dream. The life she should have had taken away in an instant. Thanks to the evil king of Spring. From that instant, the country of Winter ceased to be. Its thousands of citizens killed or captured. Except Meira, the Prince of Winter, Mather, and a few other citizens. Their only hope to save their country lies in recovering the broken necklace of the former Queen.
Snow Likes Ashes, on the surface, seemed to be everything I could have hoped for. A plucky, female lead with great potential. Magic!! Plus, a are-they / will-they type romance. This book just simply seemed to be screaming my name. However, for one reason or another, Snow Likes Ashes and I never connected the way I hoped.
A female lead with a tragic past and an unknown future. Meira, early on, was a lead I could definitely get behind. Strong. Possibly fierce. Definitely a strong desire to prove herself. I found myself liking Meira almost right away, but at the same time getting frustrated often by how young she seemed. Throwing tantrums. Or risking it all with no indication that she has a chance. Meira is definitely the act first, think later type of character. While it works a good bit of the time, it is when it fails that the cracks of Snow Likes Ashes start showing.
Snow Likes Ashes is a great start to a series. As often happens with the first book of the series, there is a lot of set up happening here. Most of it works, but there were a few spots that could have been handled just a tad bit differently to make it all mesh together better. While Snow Likes Ashes turns out exactly how I expected it to ending wise, I have to say that I am very pleased overall. There are a few nice twists that I wasn’t expecting, which makes Snow Likes Ashes memorable rather than just another predictable fantasy that blends in with the rest.
Wonderful characters and an incredible world makes Snow Likes Ashes memorable and exciting. Snow Likes Ashes gets this series starting off right.