Snow Like Ashes

Snow Like Ashes

eBook - 2014
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Orphaned Meira, a fierce chakram-wielding warrior from the Kingdom of Winter, must struggle to free her people from the tyranny of an opposing kingdom while also protecting her own destiny
Publisher: New York, NY : Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2014]
ISBN: 9780062286949
Branch Call Number: EBOOK OVERDRIVE
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc. - Distributor

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Barrie_Teen_Lists Mar 24, 2021

This is a review of the book Snow like Ashes by Sarah Raasch. The story is about Meira, a Winterian orphan, and her survival after the kingdom of Winter was taken over by Spring. Years ago, Angra the evil King of Spring attacked Winter, enslaving most of its people. Living with the eight other survivors, Meira was raised as a soldier to try and take back her kingdom. But after the leader of the survivors, Sir, finally lets her on her first mission, she accidently reveals the position of the last survivors of Winter to Angra. The book follows her attempt to escape the clutches of Angra, take back her people, and save Winter. Even if that means sacrificing her future to get it.

I give this book a 4/5 stars! From beginning to end, this book had my attention the whole way through. It is filled with fantasy, action, politics, romance, and plunges you into the fantasy world of Primoria with its kingdoms of seasons and rhythms. Meira, the heroine of the story, is a really strong character who doesn’t like to be pushed around. Although the plot line of the story was a little predictable, the story made up for it with all the different characters and stories being told. This book has just the right amount of everything! My rating is missing that fifth star just because some of the plot twists were predictable, and there is a love triangle between Meira, Mather (the future King of winter), and Theron (the future King of Cordell) which was very cliché. Overall, this book was very good.

I would recommend this book to anyone who loves fantasy, action, politics, magic, evil kings, and strong heroines. This book is probably for ages 13 and up, as it does deal with some mature topics and war. Otherwise, this book was so much fun to read and had me constantly flipping the pages!

Well, that book started out really disappointing and got REALLY non-disappointing by the end! At first, it was fun to read but I wasn't a fan of the whimsicalness of the world. I'm also usually not a fan of fantasy books that refer to powers as "magic." It seems very... childish. But this one took the idea of childish magic and turned it into something worth reading about by the end. Super inspiring! Also, I really didn't see the end coming. I went from groaning at the idea of reading MORE of the book at the beginning to breathlessly waiting for the next book at the end! So, in other words, if you love fantasy, read this book. Also, wasn't a fan of the kiss toward the end of the book (way too disgusting), but then again I'm not a romance person. At all. So that's probably just my personal preference.

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tracebroyles
Apr 01, 2019

I could not get through the first chapter. The names are ridiculous and the writing is abysmal. If you need multiple adjectives and adverbs in every sentence, you’re doing it wrong.

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RebelBelle13
Nov 09, 2018

I'm torn how to rate this book, honestly. On one hand, there are several ideas that Raasch introduced here that are refreshing to the fantasy genre and kept me interested. On the other hand, there's that handful of YA tropes and cliches that were added that bring the whole novel down several pegs. There's a big, scary bad guy that's in control of several kingdoms. There's a girl who'd rather fight and wear pants than be ladylike and wear a dress. There's magic that's been lost over time. And there's a protagonist who is an orphan and who is unsure of her lineage (I won't spoil it here, but if you've read at least one other YA fantasy, you know where this one is headed). I can understand why authors resort to these overused plot devices- it's the whole "if it's not broke, don't fix it" idiom. But for those of us who read a lot of fantasy (*raises hand*) it gets old and annoying really fast. Why can't an orphan just be an orphan? Why can't a king just be a king?
Now, the positives. Meira's world is divided into 8 kingdoms- 4 seasons and 4 rhythms. Each season kingdom only has that season in it- summer it's constantly summer, spring it's constantly spring, etc. Each kingdom's ruler has a conduit for magic, which only the blood heir can use, and can manifest in whatever way they choose, even to the point of manipulating their people. This may not be anything new (Maas' A Court of Thorns and Roses does something very similar) but the magic system made it new and interesting, and distinctly separated the kingdoms. The fact that Winter has been completely taken over by Spring, while ironic, gives the story a driving force. Meira is a strong character, albeit a little cliche. Theron was a breath of fresh air, which was nice to see. Also, Raasch's detail really helped in the immersion of the story. Her characters commenting things like "Sweet Snow" and "what in the cold is this", while cheesy, really drove home how important the connection to the seasons was for the people.
There were some slow parts- the section in Cordell and the Spring work camp- all in all, it was entertaining enough that I enjoyed myself. I will probably eventually read the next.

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Rozywang
Jul 23, 2018

This book is very capturing and great for young teenagers. The story is nice and the writing is very descriptive. There is a lot of action and adventure. The characters have very diverse personalities as well. Not one of my favourite books but I would recommend to some younger teens.

daniellevk_0 Feb 22, 2018

This is a good story about a fallen kingdom getting back their kingdom and power and fighting against the other kingdom who brought them down in the first place. I really cheered for the main character because she is strong and cares for her kingdom. She wants to fight and really wants to make a difference.

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rslars001
Feb 01, 2018

This is one of the best books I have read in a while; the storyline in intriguing, the characters immediately steal your heart, and the writing style is simple enough that it does not provide a challenge, but poetic enough to enthrall you with every word. I could hardly put this book down. Amazing, I would definitely recommend checking this one out!
Note for parents: Although this book is a very great story, there is one scene near the end of the story where Meira, the main character, is taken captive by the king, and later one of the king's men throws her on his bed, crawls on top of her and hints at trying to rape her. Now, it is not in detail and I would not judge the entire story by this one part, but I am just putting a warning out to parents to just be aware of this if this is being read by a younger reader. But once again, this story is incredible, and I loved it!

kirstd31 Jan 22, 2018

I really enjoyed this book. A great fantasy adventure.

PimaLib_ChristineR Dec 08, 2017

Interesting read. Fun, if superficial.

I found Snow Like Ashes to be an action-packed story with Meira and Theron being the most filled out, but it felt like character building and world building were second to action. Even as I've finished this within minutes, I've already forgotten the names of Meira's fellow exiles and their relationship to her. I'm unclear on why these particular people escaped or even their relationships to each other. I don't understand why the Rhythm kingdoms feel the Season kingdoms are barbarians or why magic is tied to a specific sex. In fact, there was a lot left out on the magic front, like the author hadn't quite worked it out herself. That said, there's plenty of action, the good guys are clearly delineated from the bad guys, and generally it's a fun read.

MelifluousView Nov 03, 2017

Meira's struggle to fight for and be connected to a home that she has never known was an interesting part of her story. There were twists I anticipated, but twists I did not in Meira's story. I flew through the book and enjoyed it thoroughly! I'm still thinking about the kingdoms that stay one season year round.

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mauve_bird_127
May 17, 2019

"It doesn't matter what I would do with magic, because leaders are valued for the wrong things."

-Mather

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mauve_bird_127
May 17, 2019

"So tired of Noam and Herod and Sir and Angra and all these arrogant, puppet-master men who hold all the strings and refuse to give them up."

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mauve_bird_127
May 17, 2019

"I wanted to be a soldier. Someone who would earn standing in Winter. Someone Sir would look at with pride. Someone Mather would look at and--"

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mauve_bird_127
May 17, 2019

"How quickly the mighty fall."

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mauve_bird_127
May 17, 2019

"Congratulations, everyone," I announce as I open the door to Noam's study. "You've finally broken Meira, the crazy, orphaned soldier-girl. She's snapped, all thanks to the mention of floral arrangements."

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mauve_bird_127
May 17, 2019

"When you're a teenager, being different--if it's not by choice--seems like the worst thing imaginable. But is it really?"

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mauve_bird_127
May 17, 2019

"You may have me trapped in this. But you aren't the first man to underestimate me, so may I advise you to start treating me with a little more respect..."

--Meira

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mauve_bird_127
May 17, 2019

"I need a book that says 'Here's how to defeat Spring and restore power to your king, and while you're at it, here's how to prove you matter when no one else thinks you do--"

I stop. I'm staring at the bookshelves and not at Theron, and I don't think I'll ever be able to look at him again without shriveling up from embarrassment. I can still hear what I said hanging around me, my weak, weak, admission, and I can't bring myself to breathe, let alone face him.

Theron doesn't give me a choice. He crawls up onto his knees and moves into my line of sight, his forehead wrinkled and his eyes darting over mine like he's trying to figure me out the same way he figured out that passage. After a moment of silence, he grimaces.

"You matter," is all he says.

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mauve_bird_127
May 17, 2019

"They make decisions; they mold your future. The trick is to find a way to still be you through it all."

-Theron, Prince of Cordell

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mauve_bird_127
May 17, 2019

"They make decisions; they mold your future. The trick is to find a way to still be you through it all."

-Theron, Prince of Cordell

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