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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.
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.
Every time someone asks me about Throne of Glass, I want to chuck Snow Like Ashes at their faces and yell something along the lines of, “Read this thing instead!” Of course, people won’t listen to me if I don’t justify my suggestion. Here’s why I suggest everyone should pick up Snow Like Ashes:
Meira knows how to kick ass.
“No matter what happens, no matter who turns on me, no matter what pompous swine thinks he has power over me, I am still me. I will always be me.”
All her life, all Meira wanted was to become a soldier. A fighter. Someone worthy enough to protect the kingdom she loves so much. She doesn’t just want to be a pretty display–she wants to work, and she wants to be deserving of all the things she’s been given credit for. Fierce, loyal and protective, Meira’s your girl.
Snow Like Ashes is high fantasy at its best.
I have always been a fan of high fantasy novels. I just love being drawn into new worlds with all sorts of magic and sorcery around. Raasch definitely succeeded in creating a wondrous new world, yet making everything easy to remember and easy to understand. You might be scared to find out that there are eight different kingdoms, but worry not! The author puts everything down simply and sufficiently.
Be still, my poor little fangirl heart!
I would be crazy not to mention all the feels I got from reading this book, because HELLO MATHER. I was practically in love with this guy since chapter one. Personally, I thought he and Meira and some wonderful chemistry, and I squealed to my heart’s delight each time they would have a scene together.
Yeah, there is this other guy…
Okay, so, there is a love triangle. The guy on the other side is Theron. He’s definitely a nice, kind one, but for some reason I couldn’t feel anything for him. I was pretty meh every time the guy showed up. I don’t hate the guy or anything, I’m just saying that, if by any chance he would, say, get eaten by a bunch of wild piranhas, I wouldn’t really care. And yes, I instantly root for the guy the heroine’s known longer, and that’s Mather in this case. It just seems more believable for me.
Raasch knows how to write.
“Someday we will be more than words in the dark.”
It was really easy for me to get into Raasch’s writing. I flew through the pages almost giddily, really. I guess there were a few twists I discovered a bit early, but for the most part, I was on my toes, itching to find out what will happen to Meira, Mather and Sir
and not Theron. I also loved that Raasch incorporated family into the story. Sir was like a father-figure to everyone, and I love how they all respected him, and how he gave them care and support in return.