Audio Review: Snow Like Ashes by Sara 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.
This book was deliciously perfect. I felt like I was having a ‘Come to Jesus’ moment while reading it, as if this was the book I have been waiting for. What made it even better was that this was the first audio-book I absolutely fell in love with. My morning and afternoon commutes were so much more pleasant, what went from being road rage turned into wishing that I didn’t have to get out of my car. Minus the part where Sara had me crying in the morning because she killed off someone I had emotional attachment to and my co-workers asking, “What’s wrong?”. The book was a wonderful fantasy that I gladly wanted to escape to and never return from.
The characters have depth and emotions, their struggles and challenges were palpable. I felt as if I was transported into the complex kingdoms and relationships of this mystical world, where magic is both good and evil. I was captivated and swooning over Mather and Theron. This was the case where a love triangle appeared and I honestly didn’t know who I would pick, I still don’t know. I loved the plot, and while slightly predictable, there were still plenty of moments where I sat and questioned what was going to happen, how would the characters get out of these situations.
I cannot say enough good things about this book, I loved everything, it was a YA fantasy that I never want to end. In conclusion, I was captivated…oh who am I kidding I am still captivated, and feel the most wonderful kind of book hangover coming on.
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