Snow Like Ashes
Sara Raasch HarperCollins, 2014. 422 pages. Young Adult
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.
This book was so much fun to read and I am looking forward to reading the rest of the series. Meira is a fun, strong character to follow as she struggles with wanting to do anything for her fallen kingdom but also wanting to live her own life. The story is beautifully woven, leaving breadcrumbs that make you keep coming back. I loved the idea of 4 kingdoms that represent the 4 seasons and the type of people and commerce each season is known for, very creative. A very fun young adult read.