Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch

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



I just finished this book last night and I’m still not over it. Oh my word, does Sara Raasch know how to write a book.

I only bought this book because of all the great things my friends Lia, Liz, and Mar (@three_bibliophiles on Instagram) have told me about it. They single-handedly supply me with a never ending TBR list.

In the beginning, I was sorta bored with it and I wasn’t really feeling it. But I kept reading and it just got better and better. Sara Raasch had wonderful story building. She made the world and the characters really come to life. I haven’t read a book this good in a while.

Her writing and the whole book really reminded me of the Remnants series by Lisa T. Bergren.

Let’s talk about the characters.

Surprisingly, I think there was only 1 character in the whole book that I didn’t like. That’d be Herod. Other than him, I liked, loved, or felt something other than hate for all the characters. They were all beautifully written. Sara created a perfect personality for every character.

I think there was only 1 thing in this book that I didn’t particularly enjoy. At times, it just felt overly descriptive. I felt like some description was unnecessary.

As for cleanliness…

This book was surprisingly cleaner than I was expecting. Only a few uses of profanity, and all of it was minor and infrequent. Nothing suggestive happened. There was 1 instance where Herod was assumed to be trying to force her into intimacy, but it never happened. Another scene had Meira thinking about Theron naked, because he was changing in a room next door. But nothing was elaborated from that.

Overall, I am considering this one of my new favorite books. I am so excited for the sequel to come out soon, and I will be reading it asap.



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