Rating: 4 crickets
Title: Snow Like Ashes
Author: Sara Raasch
Illustrator: Erin Fitzsimmons and Jeff Huang
Publisher: Balzer + Bray – an imprint of HarperCollins
Published: 14th October 2014
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 searching for the chance 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 and future king, Mather – she would do anything to help Winter rise to power again. So when scouts discover the location of the ancient locket that can restore their magic, Meira decides to go after it, 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.
This is a really good book, with an interesting story line. I found the book a little hard to get into at first, but once I got into it I was really into it and it didn’t take long to read at all (422 pages).
One of the cool things about this book is that it is one of the ones that has a map at the front, which was really helpful to refer to while reading, as the characters seem to just about explore the entire land.
Another is the different groups of people, Summer, Autumn, Winter and Spring of the four Season kingdoms and Cordell, Ventralli, Yakim and Paisly of the four Rhythm kingdoms. It was interesting seeing how each had their own unique appearance and culture, and how it affected how the people interacted. I, myself, have always loved the cold and detested the heat, so I love the thought of being able to be a Winterian and live in the Winter Kingdom – well, when it’s not being overtaken and enslaved that is.
Unfortunately, I did the test to see which Season I would belong to, and the first two tries I got Autumn – which isn’t so bad, it is my second favourite season, and the description was pretty accurate. On the third go I managed to get Winter – my answers were still true to me, there were just some questions I could of answered 2 different things.
And for the Rhythm Kingdoms I got Yakim. I don’t really know much about the Rhythm kingdoms, but from the description of Yakim, it sounded accurate to me.
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I really liked the main character, Meira, and how no matter what was thrown her way she never gave up. She never let what other people told her get her down, she stayed true to what she believed in and did whatever she could to help those around her and save her kingdom.
The love triangle that plays out throughout the book is at times frustrating but also quite enticing. At first I was annoyed when the third participant, Theron, came into play, as I was really hoping that Meira would somehow end up with Mather. However, as Theron became more involved with the story he became more and more likeable, and while I found myself liking the idea of him being with Meira, I was highly torn on whether I wanted him to replace Mather or not. Though, Sara does do this well, as it is a more subtle type of tug-o-war rather than an in-your-face battle of affection – which is both relieving as it doesn’t exhaust itself and you, but also a little annoying because you want something to happen despite there being more important things going on.
There were times in which the story was a little bit predictable. One of the main plot twists I saw coming from early on. But while I thought I had it mostly all figured out, there were still quite a few surprises along the way that kept it interesting and made it a unique story.
Overall, this was an enjoyable story and I look forward to being able to read the next two books in the series, Ice Like Fire and Frost Like Night. (Which reminds me, I also love the titles of these books, it was definitely what first draw me into the book) I definitely recommend reading this book, and I’m sure the same will be said for the rest of the series.
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