Series: Snow Like Ashes #1
Published by Balzer + Bray
Published On: October 2014
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Magic
Maturity Level: YA - some violence,
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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.
Thoughts When I Finished:
I saw this book compared to A Game of Thrones a lot but I honestly didn’t see anything similar other than they’re both high fantasy. My first thought after finishing the book was “I totally saw that coming.” Even though it was a little predictable for me, I still loved reading it. I’m currently nervous to pick up the second book because there’s kind of a love triangle going on and I’m firmly on one side but I’m not sure if it’s the winning side. They author is giving us no indication of what the main character is going to be up to in the next book.
What I Loved:
I really loved the fact that we didn’t know what was going to happen to the characters. They were always on the run, in hiding, or in the middle of battle. It was kind of scary not knowing where my favourite characters were or if they were even still alive. I like having those feelings when reading a book because it makes the story so much more fun to read. It was also different that these character had already lost their home and were fighting to get in back. Usually we see characters lose their home during the series. The beginning of this series was a little depressing because the character haven’t had a home in a very long time. At the same time though the plot was nothing we haven’t seen before. We’ll have to see what happens next.
I also really liked Meira as a heroine. She wasn’t used to always getting her way, or having everything she could possibly want. She’s been living with only the necessities for a long time and I think that makes her a much stronger character. She’s willing to put her life in danger so her best friend can rule the kingdom he was meant to. She wasn’t the strongest character or the smartest, she was just an average girl trying to be the best possible person she could be.
P.S. I’m on team Theron, What about you?
What I Didn’t Like:
There wasn’t much I didn’t like about this book. I’m seeing a lot of people amazed by the world building in this book but I think that was my biggest disappointment. I didn’t quite understand how these kingdoms would and could have used a little bit more of an explanation. I’m hoping in future books we see more because I’m still just a little bit confused at some points. I’ll be excited when we get to see more of the kingdoms too. Maybe a map will be incorporated in the future!
There is also a love triangle in this book but so far it’s been handled very well so far. I’m nervous to see what happens with it though because love triangles are rarely any good.
Who I’d recommend To:
I’d recommend this book especially to people who aren’t used to fantasy and need something not too intense to begin their journey into fantasy. As far as fantasy book go, this was was pretty easy going in comparison to huge fantasy book like Game of Thrones or Lord of the Rings. I’d still recommend it to fantasy lovers too though because I think this could potentially be a fantastic series. Watch out for your emotions though because I can tell that, especially in future books, they’re going to be hit hard.
This book is filled with all the elements to make a great fantasy book. The kingdoms are all unique, the characters are all perfectly written, and the plot is filled with action and adventure. This is the perfect book for people looking to start their journey into the fantasy genre and it’s a guarantee to get them hooked. Great things are expected for the future of this series!