ARC Review: Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch

Posted October 3, 2014 by Bee in Reviews / 10 Comments

ARC Review: Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch

Snow Like Ashes

by Sara Raasch
Series: Snow Like Ashes #1
Pages: 277
Published on October 14th 2014
by Balzer + Bray
Genres: Fantasy, Romance, Young Adult
Format: eARC
Source: Edelweiss

A heartbroken girl. A fierce warrior. A hero in the making.

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.

Sara Raasch’s debut fantasy is a lightning-fast tale of loyalty, love, and finding one’s destiny.

I received this book for free from the publisher or author in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

5 Stars

That was freaking fantastic! Snow Like Ashes is everything I wanted it to be and more. Sara Raasch wrote an amazing debut novel and I can already tell that this series is going to be big. It should be anyway. I can’t wait what Sara has in store for us in the future!

Snow Like Ashes is about Meira. Sixteen years ago the Kingdom of Winter fell and most of its citizens were enslaved. A few managed to escape and Meira is one of them. She’s lived as a refugee her whole life, raised by the Winterians’ general Sir. She’s training to be a warrior and in love with her best friend, and future king, Mather. She wants nothing more than to help her kingdom rise up out of the ashes again. But her first mission doesn’t go as planned and soon she finds her world turned upside down.

Someday we will be more than words in the dark.

To be honest, I expected to have more trouble with the world building. There were eight kingdoms to keep track off but there were only three that played a big role in the book. A fourth was mentioned a couple of times, but the others didn’t really play a role at all in the story so far. It was pretty easy to keep track of everything. I loved the world itself, the magic and the history! All of it was so interesting and I was so fascinated by it all! Sara has created a fabulous world, that’s for sure.

Probably the best thing about this book is its main character Meira. She’s fierce, stubborn, loyal, loving, caring, independent and she can kick some serious ass. She isn’t scared to make her hands dirty, she fought with everyone else. But at the same time, she didn’t want killing someone to become easy. She doesn’t want to be that kind of person and its something she does struggle with afterwards even she knows she would’ve been killed otherwise. I couldn’t help but cheer for her! She’s awesome!

Even the strongest blizzard starts with a single snowflake.

I liked Mather, but Theron is the guy for me. Team Theron all the way! He’s everything! They’re just meant to be. I also loved Sir and the other characters and Angra makes for a perfect villain. The romance starts out as a tiny love triangle, but one part of it falls away pretty quickly if you ask me and yeah, like I said, Team Theron people. He’s the guy for Meira.

The ending is not a cliffhanger. It does leave me want to read more, but it ends perfectly in my opinion. Everything comes together and it’s epic! I had a hunch throughout the book and in the end I was right, which is always fun, though it still came as a bit of a surprise.

If you love fantasy books like Throne of Glass, you should read this book immediately! It’s unique, epic, awesome and perfect! There’s romance, princes, magic, rebellions, … So yes, I do recommend this book. To everyone. Read it. Now.


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10 responses to “ARC Review: Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch

  1. I’m reading this one at the moment and for now, I’m really confused about the world-building. All those names and countries + I don’t really know what is going on. But at the same time, the complexity is very interesting and I bet it will be fine in a couple more chapters. I skimmed your review a little and will come back later 🙂

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  2. This book was fantastic and I definitely agree with everything you said–except the Theron parts. Mather all the way, girl. 😉 I definitely liked their relationship more, considering the fact that they’ve known each other for forever. <3 Anywayyy, still really glad you enjoyed this! Can't wait for book 2! 🙂

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