Author: Sara Raasch
Release Date: October 14th 2014
Series: Snow Like Ashes
Genre: YA | High Fantasy | Dystopia
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Buy it : Amazon
First Line: “Block!”
Blurb from Goodreads: 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 cover is what sold this for me. The blurb didn’t really sell it, though it sounded interesting. I just loved the cover.
I had this book on audible, and at first I hated that I wasted my one monthly credit on this book. I thought it was boring and I thought was going to hate it the whole way through. But I stuck to it for a few days and got to a point where they was no going back. I loved this book so much! It was such a thrill to read.
I had some things figured out before the end of the book, but I promise this book is just full of surprises. The world is something amazing and I still haven’t exactly figured it all out. I hope that the next book helps that a little bit.
As with any main character, Meira becomes such a stronger female lead by the end of the book. She starts off a little whiney and she is always complaining about something. Then when she is given a chance to help her people in some small part, she grumbles because it’s not how she wanted to be of use. Of course, in the situation I am referring to, I wouldn’t be too happy about it either, but if it were for my own kingdom, I would suck it up and do what I needed to do.
Then again, had Meira been the type to take what she has been told to do and never question anything, this story could have gone in a completely different way.
By time I got to the end of the story I worried that there wouldn’t be much for the next books to really cover, like it would just be pointless for the next book in the series. But this book ended in a way that you have a solid ending, but open enough that you can look forward to the next book. (Which I will be listening to next month).
Over all, this was a great book to read. The beginning is a bit boring, but once you get through the world building part and into the real meat of the story, things get better. It was very intense at times as well, wondering who was going to break first and who would be the one to save them all. Things didn’t happen like I expected them to, but I love how it all worked together. I cannot wait to move on to the next book and watch this story progress.