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.
REVIEW- 5 + Stars
* HarperCollins for the review copy. This in no way affects my opinion or review*
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!