Zoe: Hello everyone, I am back today with a review on the book Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch. I was recommend this by a friend and thought it was really interesting. I wanted to share with you all my thoughts on this book so here we go:
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, 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 wasn’t really sure what to think when I read the premise of this book. It looked interesting but I didn’t know if it was my kind of book. I generally find with fantasy books I either love or hate them but this one was kind of in the middle. The thing I loved most about this book was the characters. I thought they were all well established and constructed. I liked the main character Meira who was your typical female heroine. She was brave, stubborn and unaware of how important she was. She refused to stay back whilst the others went to fight but despite this often felt she had very little power and ultimately didn’t matter. Although she was a good character I have read so many characters just like her so I found her a bit predictable. I didn’t see how she was unique to any other female heroines in novels but still we developed. My favourite characters would have been Mather or Sir. Mather was the destined king of the fallen Winter, and I thought he was genuine and always did what was best. I do think once again he was a bit typical of a king to be so still had his faults. Sir was also a favourite because he was different. He was a character I haven’t seen in every other fantasy book so it was a nice change.
“Sometimes placing our belief in something bigger than ourselves helps us get to a point where we can be enough on our own, magic or no magic.”
One of the main things I didn’t like was the love triangle. It always happens and I always become torn between who I want Meira to end up with and I generally get attached to the person she doesn’t choose which annoys me. There is the childhood love who Meira has always secretively been in love with, Mather, and the Prince of Cordellan, Theron, who she is destined to marry. I don’t like love triangles and I generally don’t read a lot of them but it is even worse when they are both such likeable people. I don’t even know who I want her to be with but I have an inkling who it will end up being based on previous and similar series.
The book does well with the setting and story line. I think the idea behind Winter being its own kingdom as well as the other seasons is really creative and clever. What I didn’t see coming was the twist! I thought it was awesome and was really surprised, however I don’t even know how I didn’t think about it looking back. I had a slight idea that it might be something like that but it was well hidden. I often find the whole idea of magic and the extent it plays, gets in the way of the story and I feel that definitely happened here unfortunately. I feel like I have been more negative than positive in this review but I do think it was a good book. It had great character development and vivid description so I would definitely recommend it to all those out there who love fantasy and worlds coming to life. I think I might give the second book a go and see how I like it.
“Even the strongest blizzards start with a single snowflake.”
Star rating: 3-3.5/5 stars (not really sure yet, need to let it sink in)
So that is all for this review. Thank you all so much for reading. I hope you enjoyed and if you have read this make sure to tell me how you liked it in the comments below. Thanks again everyone, hope your having a great week and we will be back in a couple of days. x