Snow Like Ashes. Sara Raasch. Fantasy/Young adult. 2014. 416 pages. 5 stars. [Source: Bought as hardcover from Fullybooked]
“Someday we will be more than words in the dark.”
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.
This book was recommended by Kyra and I devoured this book because it fit my criteria of my favorite genres combined into one. Fantasy monarchial with magic? COUNT ME IN.
This book did not disappoint. From an underdog heroine with amazing plot twists, it was evenly paced and rarely got dull for me to read. The characters themselves proved to be interesting because out of a once powerful kingdom called Winter, only 8 remained after Angra attacked, killed their conduit, and took the remaining Winteranians as slaves. It is now up to the 8 remaining survivors who escaped to redeem their kingdom and get their magic back.
Meira proved to be a worth heroine who has a heart that never gives up what she wants. Not to mention that she–a peasant warrior–is madly in love with her best friend, and rightful king, Mather. We can already see a romance ready to sizzle from their situation.
Mather was a character I had a hard time understanding. He was always so stoic and hidden since the book is told from Meira’s first person POV. We only see what she sees, therefore making Mather a topic of interest for his aloofness.
Sir is a questionable character for me. He was this father figure that oozed suspicion. I couldn’t bring myself to trust him throughout the story until the end!
Theron. Ah, Theron. What can I say about him? He completely rattled my idea of Mather and Meira together because Theron just sweeps in and steals Meira away from Mather, literally.
I got a bit of the mockingjay-symbol-like feeling from Meira and it was really interesting to see the story unfold. I recommend this to readers who want a story with political dispute, self-discovery, and just a little bit of romance to top it all of. 5 stars. I love love love this book.