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.
Meira’s personality is strong. She is a strong willed, stubborn girl who has a fiery passion for her country and the people who are closest to her. She goes through a lot of changes and upheavals in her young life, but she takes them in stride and learns from them. Her family history is an interesting one and i’m beyond curious to delve further into it too.
The romance wasn’t as strong as I was expecting, but I can’t wait to see what happens between certain people and how events progress. Snow Like Ashes was a brilliant brilliant brilliant first instalment in what is going to be an absolutely phenomenal fantasy series. YA fantasy authors are seriously stepping up their game, and Sara Raasch is an author to watch out for. Her debut is full of sword fighting, deception, high courts, fiery characters, slave encampments, magic and a fantastically fleshed out world that is so creative and unique. This book guys.