Title: Snow like Ashes
Author: Sara Raasch
Release Date: October 14, 2014
Publisher: Balzer & Bay
Pages: 416 pages
“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, 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.”
I was so iffy about this book. I have a weird relationship with fantasy YA. I either love it, or I hate it. To the point where I can’t even finish some fantasy YA books. So I was absolutely torn about this one. I ended up getting it for Christmas and decided to read it. The comparisons to Game of Thrones is what was really throwing me off.
So for anyone who is hesitant to read this because of its comparison to Game of Thrones, don’t be. I hardly saw any similarities other than parts of the world being divided by seasons.
It ended up being a really good book. I loved the world they were describing. I loved the plot, I don’t want to give away too much but it was really good! (I know I’m being very vague). IT also had the perfect YA romance, which is forbidden love, love that won’t work.
My only complaint is I started the next book in the series. I couldn’t do it. I did not like it at all so I will be DNFing this series. I hate when series start out so strong and then the follow ups are just not interesting.