snowSixteen 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.

REVIEW-  5 + Stars

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I have been staring at the computer screen for ten minutes, trying to come up with the words to describe this book. I’m just going to come out and say it: I loved this book. The last time I loved a book this much was when I read Throne of Glass (which Snow like Ashes reminded me of, actually), which is debatably my favorite fantasy read so far this year. So yes, you could say that I enjoyed Snow Like Ashes.

At first, I wasn’t sure what to think. The concept of kingdoms of the 4 seasons (The Kingdom of Spring, for example) seemed a little dull, and the beginning was slower than I would have liked. But then, BOOM! The plot picked up, and our main characters were on the run from the blood-thirsty Spring army.

Meira is a stellar main character! She isn’t a damsel in distress; she is a damsel doing damage. She has clearly defined goals: she wants to be on the battle field, in the middle of the action. Some decisions are just out of our hands, though, and soon Meira ends up in the exact place she doesn’t want to be: in the middle of a royal court, a marriage pawn.


Speaking of romance, there is a love triangle in this story. I know some people go running the second that love triangles are even mentioned, but I was (strangely) impressed by this one. Meira has been secretly in love with her future king, Mather, since she was a child. The other love interest in this story is Theron, the prince of Cordell, a neighbouring kingdom—and possible ally for Winter. The development of all three characters was incredible, and I can’t wait to see where the author takes the romance in book 2.

As I mentioned before, this book reminded me of the Throne of Glass series. With a warrior heroine, stellar romance, and themes of rebellion, it isn’t hard to see the similarities between the two novels. If you enjoyed Throne of Glass, then I definitely recommend Snow Like Ashes to you. 5 Stars!

13 Comments on {Review} Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch

    • Samantha
      September 12, 2014 at 3:41 pm (3 years ago)

      I’m really enjoying Heir of Fire too. It is SO long.

      I loved Throne of Glass, but Crown of Midnight definitely takes the cake. That was my favorite so far!

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  1. Kara @ Diary of a Teen Writer
    September 11, 2014 at 6:23 am (3 years ago)

    I received an ARC of this one — and reading this review has only made me more excited to dive into it! Fantastic review; I’m glad you enjoyed this one. And seeing as you’ve compared it to THRONE OF GLASS (which I love love love love) then I am sure I’m going to like this one, at least. 🙂
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    • Samantha
      September 12, 2014 at 3:40 pm (3 years ago)

      Huzzah! That’s great. I can’t wait to see your thoughts; I hope you love it as much as I did.

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  2. Guy Vestal
    September 11, 2014 at 3:41 pm (3 years ago)

    I have been contemplating whether or not this was going on my TBR. I love Throne of Glass, and this sounds like I will love it as well, so on the TBR it goes!!
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    • Samantha
      September 12, 2014 at 3:39 pm (3 years ago)

      I’m so glad to hear that! Like I said before, I love Throne of Glass too. 😉

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  3. Zoe @ The Infinite To-Read Shelf
    September 12, 2014 at 12:04 am (3 years ago)

    Impressed by the love triangle? WOW! That’s saying a lot – LOL! 😉 But I am so intrigued by this one Sam, and your review has made me even more excited to give it a try ASAP. I really enjoy the Throne of Glass series, so if this is anything near that like you suggested it is, I am TOTALLY in!

    Thanks for sharing, and, as always, BRILLIANT review! <3
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    • Samantha
      September 12, 2014 at 3:36 pm (3 years ago)

      Throne of Glass was EPIC. I really hope you try it, Zoe!

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  4. Olivia
    September 25, 2014 at 5:16 am (3 years ago)

    The mention of love triangles always does put me off a little, but after reading The Legacy and loving the love triangle there I’ve come to the conclusion that there can be some well used ones. This book was long anticipated and everyone seems to have loved it, including you, so I best get to reading it!

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    • Samantha
      September 25, 2014 at 8:31 pm (3 years ago)

      You MUST read this. It’s so good!

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