Author: Sara Raasch | Published: October 14, 2014 by Balzer + Bray | Series: Snow Like Ashes #1 | Length: 416 pages | Genre: YA fantasy | Source: I got this book at my local bookstore
Sixteen years ago, the kingdom of Winter was taken over and many of the inhabitants were taken as slaves. Their only hope for escape is eight survivors who managed to escape and are waiting for the opportunity to steal their magic back. Meira, a girl left orphaned by the Winter’s defeat, has trained her whole life as a warrior while on the run. She vows she will do anything to restore Winter and free her people. So when a couple of scouts find out where one piece of Winter’s magic locket is, Meira decides to go after it herself. She finally gets to use her training and be stealthy and fight. But when things don’t go as planned, Meira’s eyes are opened to the dark magic lingering in her world. She also soon finds out that her destiny is not, and never has been, her own.
This is actually my second time reading through this book/series. I read this book way back in January of 2016 along with the second book. I wanted to do a reread because I have yet to read the third and final book in the series, but I don’t really remember too much from the first two books. I really rushed through this book back then so this time I wanted to slow down and actually delve deeper into the story line. I really enjoyed this book the last time I read it and this time I absolutely loved it! Meira is such a stubborn and bull-headed character, which I love, but it does burn her a bit. Meira’s character at times really frustrates me, but I can see why she would act the way she does. This world is so freaking cool! There are eight kingdoms, four seasons and four rhythms. Each season kingdom’s weather is based on that season! How cool is that?! One other thing I really liked about this world was that each season and rhythm kingdom have their own curse words. Like Winterians say ice and snow above and Cordellians say golden leaves. I haven’t read very many books that actually have distinct language changes between countries/people in a fantasy world. There is so much action and lots of events that happen in this book that I hated having to put it down because I just wanted to see what was going to happen next. There was also one event near the end of this book where I ended up just about throwing this book across the room and screaming because I wasn’t expecting it to happen and it hurt so badly emotionally.
I genuinely loved this book, and was so excited to be able to reread it. I highly, highly recommend this book if you like fantasy, badass female main characters, and an interesting take on a fantasy world. I seriously cannot get enough of this world and I cannot wait to start the next book!
I initially gave this book a 4/5 stars, but I have upped that to 5/5 stars on Goodreads.