Mini Review: Snow Like Ashes by Sarah Raasch
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 world of Primoria though with its unique landscape - four kingdoms, each with one season all throughout the year, four other kingdoms with... rhythm. Imagine living in a land eternally spring or eternally winter. The people may have its land in their blood but I love the changing seasons.
Let us not forget the romance. You know my tendency to cling to the first boy to be introduced and feel instinctively that this will be the boy the girl will eventually end with. The first boy introduced, true love syndrome or something like that. But this is the first time I didn't like the first boy. There was something about Mather that wasn't compatible with Meira. He was... I don't know, just not right. But Theron... Theron I loved immediately. I like his character. I would have classified this as a love triangle but there were two sentences that Meira said that took my fears to rest.
It didn't wow me as much as I want it to wow because I've read books like this before. A kingdom conquered by another kingdom, an ordinary but badass girl trying to find her place in the world only to find out that she's not so ordinary afterall, a boy, then another boy and a battle... But I would read the sequel.