Snow Like Ashes

Sara Raasch
Game of Thrones meets Graceling in this striking fantasy tale of dark magic, dangerous politics, and discovering your true self.  Sara Raasch’s debut fantasy is a lightning-fast story of loyalty, love, and controlling one’s destiny.Sixteen years ago the Kingdom of Winter was conquered and its citizens enslaved, leaving them without magic or a monarch. The Winterians’ only hope for freedom is the eight survivors who managed to escape, and who have been searching for the opportunity to steal back Winter’s magic and rebuild their kingdom ever since.Orphaned as an infant during Winter’s defeat, Meira has lived her whole life as a refugee. Training to be a warrior—and desperately in love with her best friend, Winter’s future king—she would do anything to help Winter rise to power again. So when scouts discover the location of half of the ancient locket that can restore their magic, Meira decides to go after it herself—only to find herself thrust into a world of evil magic and dangerous politics, and to realize that her destiny is not, never has been, her own.

Reviews

Reviewed: 2018-03-22
I'll be honest - this could have been primarily a mood thing. It could have been a narrator thing.

Either way, I just found this book frustrating and dull and predictable and cliche.

The fantasy world and the kingdoms controlling magical sources and the politics being primarily the big greedy kingdoms taking the control of the small, nearly dead kingdoms was just.... meh.

Granted there is a lot of potential here. I think the world-building was explained and introduced really well. But overall it just wasn't enough to interest me.

The characters frustrated the hell out of me.

Meira, while she is obviously geared as the bad-ass, underdog MC, instead came across as whiny when things didn't go her way, whiny when she was helping the cause but not how she wanted, whiny when people were nice to her and whiny when people weren't. When she wasn't complaining she was just doing the complete opposite of what she'd been told with very little thought and a righteous attitude.

The other characters weren't any better and honestly, they just ruined it for me.

Now that I have well and truly sounded like a grump about this book, adios.

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