Gods I was supposed to write this review up earlier
But I’ve been in somewhat of a book slump, so I’m just reading some novels by Lauren Blakely in which I won’t review lmao
Name: Snow Like Ashes
Author: Sara Raash
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Release Date: October 14, 2014
A striking fantasy tale of dark magic, dangerous politics, and discovering your true self—perfect for fans of Game of Thrones, An Ember in the Ashes and A Court of Thorns and Roses.
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. Training to be a warrior—and desperately in love with her best friend, Winter’s future king—she would do anything to help Winter 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—only to find 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.
Book Cover Comments
I super love the entire theme of “Snow like Ashes”, and that’s exactly what that photo is. I have a weak spot for aesthetically pleasing nature, a.k.a. earth porn, soooooo
Also the chakram is beautiful.
The Actual Review
Snow Like Ashes was a very, very, very fun read. It’s one of those from-scratch-fantasies where it has a lengthy and rich history to it. The reasons why all the conduits was created, not that I’m exactly sure what its for up to now 😂 I’m still confused 😂
This might sound like how ACOTAR works, with the seasonal courts/countries/counties/whateverwhatever and the non-seasonal ones, but I don’t see it as taking direct inspiration, as Snow Like Ashes was published in 2014, and ACOTAR’s first draft was written even before 2010.
While ACOTAR offers views from its Spring, Summer, Night, and possibly more courts to come in book three, I’m enjoying the view of Snow Like Ashes’ Winter country and one of it’s rhythm country. I can’t wait to know how the name rhythm came into the world of Primoria through some sort of I don’t know method, like twitter or maybe the book will tell me more.
The idea of the channeling of power in the conduits, a.k.a. objects, as well as discovering ancient poems describing the chasm, in which you will come across while reading the book, just really sucks me in. And though confusing, the magic building was pretty sick.
Discussing the plot, I think its actually very fast paced. A lot happens in a short period of time, and the characters keep of jumping from place to place. The benefit is, you’re not stuck in one place. The sad thing is? You don’t get to see much of the country, but not that you need to. I love the memory snippets that go into the plot lines, as seen in italics, since it provides an understanding and important scenes to some of the characters. You will also see very interesting interactions between Meira and this mysterious person, so do expect some fun fantasy and history quest in the book. Despite the well pace, the ending definitely felt rushed, and how it ended just left me kind of frustrated, because the heroine knows something that I also know, but she’s just kind of putting it aside for now, so that she can focus on how to help Winter out from its currently devastating state.
Moving on to the characters, there are some aspects of Meira, our heroine, that I really like. The idea that Meira sees hope and holds on to it, finding anyway possible to help her comrades out, as well as the mindset she always has to serve Winter, her country. There’s this one section where Meira stands up to her own thoughts and rights so much, it caused quite a scene. I thought that was really brave of her. And Meira’s choice of weapon, the chakram, is also very interesting, and her skills at it, too. And as she is our heroine, there will be many interesting plot twists and revelations on Meira’s past, the mystery shrouding her parents, and how that ties into how the conduits and its owners work.
Mather, the one who Meira is really in love with? I mean I love him in the sense that this boi is always giving me sweet-heartaches when he was with Meira during a lot of the times, but he’s fairly stubborn at a lot of times, which kind of annoys me. We also see a love rivalry, in which I won’t spoil his origin due to the fact that I can’t even remember his name LMAO IM SORRY LIFE IS TOUGH Though from the second book’s blurb, it seems that this rival has quite a bit of a personality, and I most certainly would like to know if Meira and dis gai’s friendship will last, and what will turn out.
I think Snow Like Ashes would be the perfect read if you’re going through a bit of a tough time. Helps build your heart to be a bit more stronger :)