Book Review: Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch (Snow Like Ashes #1)

Reading Time: 4 minutes

The reason why I didn’t pick Snow like Ashes before could be because there were a lot of mixed reviews for this book. A lot many were in favor of the book but at the same time a lot many weren’t. So it was a struggle for me to decide whether to go with the book or not. So it took almost years, for me to come back and finally pick up this book. Also, I would like to mention that, I read this book back in February and to be specific on Feb 14. Yeah, I know what a date to start reading a YA fantasy romance. Anyways so as I was saying I read this book back in February and now its mid of May. so with all those months in between and my brain and memory being not what it used ( don’t worry nothing major. just the old age creeping up), I may be missing out on major points. But to bring the whole point to one sentence, I loved the book

Snow Like Ashes Official Synopsis

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, 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.

Snow Like Ashes RWAT Take

Snow like ashes would be the first book where I have read anything related to seasons as a core theme. Like literally seasons. The whole book is about these kingdoms of seasons divided and fighting for ultimate reign. As tough and complex it sounds, once you start reading the book, it somehow makes sense. I know must be hard to believe. But yes, somehow things seemed to be comprehensible. One of the reasons might be because it is essentially not about the seasons or workings or its characteristics. It is generally about the central characters. The odd situations they end up in and how they struggle through it. Basically your cliche YA fantasy twist. Bring back the honor. Fight for your true rights. Got it? No? never mind pick up the book and you will learn better because you are not getting the story out of me.

A little more depth into the whole season background and my brain would have literally exploded. Seriously, because even trying to explain it seems impossible to imagine how worse would it have been if the author had messed with the settings of the whole season and its background stories. The author, for me, personally threads this new concept very carefully and not completely going overboard or complex with the descriptions and workings. That helped a lot to deal with and understand the main plot.

Conclusion

There is a good flow to the book and in fact, I felt too much was happening in the book that you simply couldn’t leave it in the middle. You think the book is going in a specific direction and suddenly it goes for a twist. So in that fashion, the book keeps its readers engaged and on toes. So, I loved it and definitely made for an entertaining read.

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