I’ve sat on this review for a while, unsure how exactly to rate this. While I enjoyed it, I found the characters to be flat and the world-building a bit confusing at times. If I continue with this series, I’ll read the physical book instead of the listen to the audiobook.
Title: Snow Like Ashes (Snow Like Ashes #1)
Author: Sara Raasch
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Release date: October 14, 2014
Genre: Young adult, fantasy
Length: 416 pages (hardcover)
Synopsis: (from Goodreads) “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, 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.”
Man, I’m not even sure what to say about this book. It didn’t thrill me or make me sit on the edge of my seat with anticipation. It was simply…average. Not to say it was bad; I just don’t think it’s my cup of tea.
I liked the characters from Meira to Mather and even Theron but… It fell flat for me, especially in terms of world-building. I mean, I understand there are the four season, and the “rhythms” but my confusion stemmed from why exactly Spring is against Winter. I liked the idea of the conduits, how they work, and the magic. At times, I felt the story drag on, especially toward the end.
I wasn’t convinced of the romance between Meira and the two main male love interests. Most of it felt forced and almost…typical. I’m not rooting for anyone, and at this point, I really want Meira to learn to love herself and find the strength within herself to accomplish her goals, and what’s been set before her.
Maybe this will be one of those series that will get better with time. Right now, I simply feel like putting on the back burner of my mind while I catch up with some other books. I’m sad I can’t say anything about this, but it wasn’t remarkable to me.