Author : Sarah Raasch
Rating : 4 Stars!!!
Paperback, 416 pages
Published September 15th 2015 by Balzer + BrayISBN : 0062286935 (ISBN13: 9780062286932)
(first published October 14th 2014)
A striking fantasy tale of dark magic, dangerous politics, and discovering your true self—perfect for fans of Game of Thrones, An Ember in the Ashes and A Court of Thorns and Roses.
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. 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 the ancient locket that can restore Winter's magic, Meira decides to go after it herself—only to find 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.
Source : Goodreads
“Someday we will be more than words in the dark.”
I wanted Snow Like Ashes for quite a long time though. Then when we had our Christmas Party with my bookblogger friends, Kai gave me Snow Like Ashes and Ice Like Fire. I was totally surprised about it. Especially now that Frost Like Night will come out this year, I couldn't contain my excitement for it!
Snow Like Ashes started out with world building. The book took place when Winter was all shredded piece by piece. Only 8 of them had remained as 'Winterians', the rest of them became slaves of Spring. Meira, together with Mather and Sir, they seeked to find a way to reclaim Winter. It is retrieving the conduit that can change Winter. Mather is the King who is claimed to be the last ruler of Winter that can ignite the fire within Winter. But that is what all they knew. Interpreting the place, whether it is Winter or Spring. The idea of expressing the nature of it and how it could destroy is exciting on my end. It was the possibilities of saving and destroying. This is what makes Snow Like Ashes sets it outstanding.
The friendship of the King and an Orphan is remarkably romantic. I am a fan of characters who are worlds apart when it comes to it social standings. So I am intoxicated to see how Meira and Mather can set their feelings straight even in the middle of the war. Aside from that, it is also Sir and Meira that I am eager to see. These two were all battling with their own fights. Both have their own principles to achieve with. Sir, being their leader, Meira is unable to defend herself straight. But Meira, being a natural fighter, she sets her own fight and decisions to save Winter and be part of the team.
When half of the conduit was claimed, this is where the plot twist started to show. Gradually, the truth behind Meira's identity began to reveal. When she was forced to have an arrange marriage with Theron, they claim to help Winter survive. She began to doubt all of Sir's decision for Winter. Surviving became an option and she needs to fight and think straight how she can help. This is how she realized her identity and how Queen Hannah planned to save Winter and erase the Decay. I didn't knew it could throughout with so much killings. In fact, I almost knew the identity of Meira but at first I was quite hesitant to think about it.
The action-packed scene of the book is not just about the killings, it was the magic and the mystery. Angra's ability showed up in an extensible way that it almost destroyed a nation. Through Mather and Meira's decisions, Winter was saved. Winterian slave were freed but there are still mysteries that hanged in the air. This is what makes Snow Like Ashes as a tremendous novel. This book all mixed up with fantasy, magic, and romance. If you loved Shadow and Bone series by Leigh Bardugo and Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Mass, Snow Like Ashes is definitely the right book for you.