Title: Snow Like Ashes
Author: Sara Raasch
Series: Snow Like Ashes
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Released: October 14, 2014
Rating: 5 stars
Rec’d Arc via 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.
I love the word building in this story and the concept of 4 kingdoms based around seasons with the balance of rhythms. I really liked that i was caught up in the plot that i was not even second guessing what was right in front of me the whole time. This story has adventure, twist plots, no love triangle but still a romantic element. I also love how we have a nice strong female lead that in reality becomes exactly what she needs to right at the very end. Their was no lagging, no really we are going to go over all of this again, i really loved it.