Published by Balzer & Bray on October 14, 2014
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Took me a little bit to get into Snow Like Ashes – but I don’t think it was the book’s fault. I think I was just tired.
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.
Once I got about 50 pages in, though, I was hooked. I love the main character, Mitra, and that she’s a solider through and through. She has no desire for a courtly life that she’s missing out on. I enjoy her struggle to not be selfish about HOW she’s needed. She is very selfless and dedicated.
Even though There was some fantastic battles and use of magic. I would love to see this one on the big screen for that element alone.
Only downsides for me –
- – “the twist” I was 99% sure that it was going to be the twist by like 5 pages in. No I’m not exaggerating. I was OBVIOUS to me.
- – there’s sort of a love triangle. And for me it felt awkward because the one relationship never felt like more than brotherly affection, even though clearly it was supposed to seem like more. But I think I approve of her choice, assuming it is her final choice.
This could be a stand alone. You don’t NEED more. But I certainly will enjoy reading more 🙂
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