Book Review: Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch

tumblr_static_snowlikeashesSixteen 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 Winter rise to power again.

I cannot begin to say how much I love this book. Sara Raasch’s creativity is nothing like I’ve ever seen before besides written in the timeless classics.  While reading the first couple of pages of this book, I was really intrigued by her creative use of words. I read words like Abril (April in Spanish) describing the capital of Spring. Jannuari (January) describing the capital of Winter and many more. Another thing I think is really interesting about this book is the kingdoms are different seasons. I cannot explain every part of this book to you I think is really clever, but if you read it you’ll know what I’m talking about! Everything about this book is perfection!

Meira. I love her. She was born in the kingdom of Winter, but became a refugee when Hannah, the queen of Winter was killed and her people were caught to work as slaves. Meira escaped as a baby with the help of Sir and his wife Alysson along with a few others including her good friend Mather, the king of Winter.

Meira’s fierceness, loyalty, and wittiness is what got me completely on her side. She is willing to do anything and everything for her place of birth. Meira talks her stuff and she’s able to back it up! That’s what I love about her character; plus she’s very likable.

I don’t want to say more about this book in fear of giving the story away. It’s so easy to do so. I do recommend this book! The story is very well written. Nothing written inside this book took away from the story. Even the flashbacks/dreams were well written in a way that added emotion to the storytelling while developing a rich and masterful unfolding of events.

If you love Fantasy, you will love this. A truly gripping tale of sacrifice and self-discovery and it is compared to The Game of Thrones. The second book will be released in the fall.

 

 

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