Narrator: Kate Rudd
Length: 10hrs, 56min
Release Date: October 14th 2014
Series: Snow Like Ashes #1
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Young Adult
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.
A pleasant surprise!
I don’t know why, but something had me convinced that SNOW LIKE ASHES would be a disappointment. I’m actually rather glad that I had this opinion going in, because it meant I was so incredibly surprised when the story turned out to be good! Part of this is the fantastic narrator, and part finding the book at the right time. I’m so glad I finally made an effort to read it. Though I’m mad I don’t have a physical copy because I WANT A MAP (also it’s so pretty)
Yes, give me ALL my fave fantasy tropes
This is probably another reason I loved it so much. Everyone has tropes that they can’t get enough of. This contained quite a few of my favourite fantasy tropes: Big Evil, rebellion of a conquered kingdom, and one spoilery one: View Spoiler »a lost queen reclaiming her birthright « Hide Spoiler. If Meira had been disguised as a guy we would have hit them all! There was also a magic system I hadn’t seen anywhere else before, and I like those types of novelties.
So glad Meira grew quickly!
In the beginning of SNOW LIKE ASHES Meira was pretty selfish. She wanted to fight more, do more, etc, etc and it was quite frustrating to read. She struggled to see the bigger picture of the Winter rebellions goals. Thank goodness she came to the realisation that the world was much bigger than her, and that Winter came first, very early on. I could not have put up with her whining throughout the entire book.
Meira: Warrior Princess
Meira has a chakram! A weapon I haven’t seen or read about since I watched Xena: Warrior Princess as a kid. I hope she uses it more and more in the future fight scenes. Just slash all those enemies down from afar, looking like badass you are.
Not too sure about the triangle
Of course, there is a love triangle in this. They’re not uncommon in YA fantasy. And this one… I haven’t been sold on it yet. I do really love Theron (he’s so precious and I’m scared for him in the sequels), but Mather… meh. Because Meira had known Mather all her life, we didn’t see any of that romance development and the guy also frustrated me more. Still, we’ll see where things go in the sequels.
This year is starting to be full of surprising reads. I went into SNOW LIKE ASHES expecting an okay fantasy, but with so many of my favourite fantasy tropes how could I not fall in love?! While a few things did frustrate me slightly in the beginning, I was very quickly too wrapped up in the plot to complain. The narration helped as well! I cannot wait to continue reading about Winter’s plight with ICE LIKE FIRE.