Review 207: Snow Like Ashes (Sara Raasch)

Posted March 15, 2016 by Ana in Reviews | 5 Comments

Review 207: Snow Like Ashes (Sara Raasch)Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Pages: 416
Source: Library
4 Stars

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.

In this book, the Big Secret or Twist was guessed by me pretty early on. I think it tended to drag during some chapters (maybe it was because I listening to the audiobook over the course of like… 20 days?), and I wasn’t particularly enamored by the appearance of a love triangle.

But I still liked this book. Enough to give it four stars, even! Enough to be seriously interested in the rest of the series, even!

The world-building was absolutely fascinating. The dynamics of the Season kingdoms (both within the kingdoms, how the Seasons relate to each other, and how they relate to the rest of Primoria) is just so interesting! Raasch crafts such a rich world. One of the things I loved was the different words and slang used by the characters if they were from different kingdoms. Another thing I liked? Different fighting styles! There’s not a LOT of that, but there was a difference that I really appreciated.

I love it when different kingdoms in one literary world have different attitudes, slang terms, fighting styles, and are just fleshed out and distinct from each other. It keeps the entire world from just being populated with Stock Fantasy Kingdom #1 through #8. I love it!

Another thing I loved? Okay, I bemoaned the appearance of a love triangle because I am most definitely ship Meira and one of the legs of the triangle. I found their interactions so sweet, genuine, and understanding of each other’s situation. Just… GAH.

Overall: Even though the book was telegraphing the twist so hard that it now has a sore wrist, I still enjoyed this book. Did I find the twist to be a little bit of a cop out? Yes. Did I still love the rest of the book? Absolutely yes. Fantastic world-building and a swoon-worthy ship AND a great story about people trying to take back their kingdom? MAHVELOUS!


5 responses to “Review 207: Snow Like Ashes (Sara Raasch)

  1. So glad you enjoyed this Ana! It sounds awesome, very high-fantasy like!
    Especially with the world-building – in fantasy novels, that’s usually what sets apart the good books from the great, I reckon! Other than characters…for me characters are the best thing about books!

  2. So glad to hear you liked this book! I’ve wanted to read it, but I’ve always been on the fence. I can guess twists pretty often, but hopefully it’ll fly over my head when I read it! By the way, I tagged you for the Liebster Award on my blog!

  3. I’ve seen this one around, but haven’t had a chance to read it yet – I’m glad to know that it’s a good read! The love triangle does scare me a bit, but it’s encouraging to know that the world-building is great and one side of the romance is swoony. ;)

  4. This has been on my TBR for ages! I really need to get to it! Love Triangles and Twists can be a bit eye-roll worthy at the best of times but sometimes they work and they seem to here! Lovely review Ana, and I adore your blog layout!

  5. My thoughts exactly! I absolutely loved this one, and am so glad you did too. :) Meira was such a strong heroine and the action and the plot were fantastic. Thanks for sharing and, as always, fabulous review! ♥