“That’s why literature is so fascinating. It’s always up for interpretation, and could be a hundred different things to a hundred different people. It’s never the same thing twice.”
― Sara Raasch, Snow Like Ashes
For today’s Recommendation Friday I have a very known fantasy book for you! It’s Snow Like Ashes the debut novel of Sara Raasch! I read Snow Like Ashes when it first came out and it wasn’t surrounded by the hype it has going on right now especially with the second book in the trilogy coming out very soon. I really enjoyed this book and I can’t wait to tell you more.
But first, the premise:
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.
This book had such an interesting premise that I had to pick it up. There were amazing reviews on Goodreads and Amazon which is very rare with a debut fantasy novel. I was very surprised with the amount of originality concerning the book’s content.
The world building was amazing and Raasch managed to create an intricately build world. This book had so much potential for complexion but the author kept it comprehensive. She wove every single hint and clue, twist and turn and information so cleverly together.
The characters were just as good. I have to mention that the female protagonist, Meira was an amazing narrator. She was, like every female protagonist in the fantasy genre, badass but there was still something different to her actions and thoughts.
She showed so much selflessness and maturity, more than any female protagonist would show if stuck in that kind of situation. She acted responsible even when her own fate was being put in other hands. She was helpless in some situations but she kept her cool and thought about everyone depending on her.
Even though Meira was an amazing character, she couldn’t help the love triangle. It wasn’t too bad but I could’ve gone without one. I don’t think this kind of book needs a love triangle when there’s already romance from page one and such an awesome world building.
I’d recommend Snow Like Ashes to everyone who loved An Ember In The Ashes or The Bone Season . Very well-written, intriguing and original .
Overall Rating: 4.75/5
Thanks for reading and I’ll see you next Friday!!