Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch
Synopsis: "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."
Review: Snow like Ashes was one of those books that you've seen other people read, so you just go ahead and pick up, but I could not be ANY happier that I did. This book's plot and characters and structure were just FANTABULOUS. I was able to see hints of a love triangle early on in the book and at that point I was pretty disappointed because I thought I could already see everything that was going to happen.... I was very wrong. Yes the love triangle was slightly portrayed throughout the book BUT THERE WAS SO MUCH MORE. Of course it was a bit doubtful seeing how easily Meira could go ahead and do what she did, but at the same time I loved seeing how this book really portrayed women as strong leaders and how they could stand up for what they believed in.
Let's first talk about the plot... twists because I did NOT see a whole lot of stuff coming. Sometimes I literally just stopped reading for a while to take things in before I could continue. However because they are plot twists I'll leave them for the spoilers section so if you haven't read this book yet you can still enjoy it! Snow Like Ashes truly brought me into their world and even more so with the map provided. It was beautifully written and my imagination couldn't stop whirring while reading this book. You do not even understand how much I wish there will be a movie. Anyways, I honestly think that this book is great for anyone that loves action, women being strong, and some romance all mixed into one big beautiful book.
I literally went through every single emotion possible when reading this book and I loved that. Now for the romance part of this book, comment below if you would go with Mather orTheron. Honestly I would go with Mather but I don't know, Meira went through so much it was rather blurry and quite honestly I don't even know how she had time to have crushes when she was facing her death and seeing things and I won't say anymore because SPOILERS ARE BELOW and I don't want to ruin anything for anyone.
Spoilers: OMG WHEN I FOUND OUT WHO MEIRA REALLY WAS I WAS SO SURPRISED... I don't even know how I didn't question that Mather wasn't the real heir. Then when she started to show signs of magic and also joining her winterian people UGH It was so magical and sad. The betrayal of Spring was slightly hinted but then the betrayal of Agra came in and everything was like WOAH didn't see that coming. Then the extremely sappy crying moment when Sir died (I was honestly about to cry at this point) but OK I sort of guessed/hope that Sir didn't die, but STILL I was so happy he was back! By far the most beautiful part of the story was getting to see that everyone could return to Winter!
Overall, Snow Like Ashes was an AMAZING book and I can't wait to get my hands on the next one!
Cover: ★★★★☆ (4.5/5) I was confused when I saw it but after reading this book it make a lot more sense
Favorite Quote: "Someday we will be more than words in the dark."
"Even the strongest blizzard starts with a single snowflake."
A fan of anything fiction, furry, & fun.