September 12, 2015 by ceresbooksworld
Game of Thrones meets Graceling in this striking fantasy tale of dark magic, dangerous politics, and discovering your true self. Sara Raasch’s debut fantasy is a lightning-fast story of loyalty, love, and controlling one’s destiny.
Sixteen years ago the Kingdom of Winter was conquered and its citizens enslaved, leaving them without magic or a monarch. The Winterians’ only hope for freedom is the eight survivors who managed to escape, and who have been searching for the opportunity to steal back Winter’s magic and rebuild their kingdom ever since.
Orphaned as an infant during Winter’s defeat, Meira has lived her whole life as a refugee. Training to be a warrior—and desperately in love with her best friend, Winter’s future king—she would do anything to help Winter rise to power again. So when scouts discover the location of half of the ancient locket that can restore their magic, Meira decides to go after it herself—only to find herself thrust into a world of evil magic and dangerous politics, and to realize that her destiny is not, never has been, her own.
Eight kingdoms: four kingdoms are the seasons (Summer, Spring, Autumn, and Winter) and four kingdoms are the rhythms (Cordell, Ventralli, Yakim and Paisly)
There are four queens and four kings. In Winter, there is a queen and in Spring and Cordell it’s a king.
Sixteen years ago, Spring declared war on Winter and all the Winterians are now enslaved or killed except the 8 refugees.
Meira was an orphan during the War between Spring and Winter, she was raised by the Winterian General, William, who she calls Sir. A locket can restore Winter’s power and help the refugees, and the King of Winter, take back their home from the clutches of Spring. So when the location of the Locket is discovered, Meira goes after it only to become involved into the dangerous world of politics and unforeseen destinies.
The story was confusing at first with all the Seasons and the Rhythms, but Sara Raasch did an excellent job of bringing them to life. I like the fact that the season determined how you looked, for example, Winterians had white locks and pale skin, Autumns had cooper skin. I think the characters and the world built in the book are what made this story so good. I would like to know more about the other kingdoms mentioned in this book, but I assume we’ll get more of that in the upcoming books.
Meira is fierce and independent; she wants to prove that she’s capable of many things and strong. If you like Celaena from Throne of Glass, you will love Meira. I like the way she evolves, she’s a wonderful heroine, and she wants to fight for her broken kingdom and have the strength to do just that.
Mather has known Meira since a long time; they are close friends and Meira has a crush on him. Mather is gentle but I think that he is missing an important quality. He’s a part of the love triangle and he’s not my first choice. He’s sweet, very devoted to his kingdom, and he’s willing to do anything to save Winter.
I love Theron, he’s one of the princes that Meira meets; he’s kind and has a wonderful personality. His role is very important to the story. He’s clever and totally adorable, he is a very good leader and he has proved it throughout the book.
The romance isn’t the main point of the book, the problems of Winter are more important. I like the way the author approaches the relationships between the different characters and I can’t wait to see how it turns out for all of them in the next book.
Though this book was long, it went by quickly and I was totally hooked. The political struggles, the action, the danger, and the countless secrets kept me alert. I loved the story and the ending was awesome. I can’t wait to read the next book !
SNOW LIKE ASHES is an explosive and magically heart-pounding world that will captivate readers all over the world.
Sara Raasch had done a great job with this world and with this book; she’s a talented author with an awesome debut novel. I can’t wait to read Ice Like Fire and see where Meira, Theron and Mather will go and what they’ll do.
About the Author
Sara Raasch has known she was destined for bookish things since the age of five, when her friends had a lemonade stand and she tagged along to sell her hand-drawn picture books too. Not much has changed since then — her friends still cock concerned eyebrows when she attempts to draw things and her enthusiasm for the written word still drives her to extreme measures. Her debut YA fantasy, SNOW LIKE ASHES, the first in a trilogy, came out October 14, 2014 from Balzer + Bray. It does not feature her hand-drawn pictures.