Book 1
Snow Like Ashes

October 14, 2014

HarperCollins Publishers




Snow Like Ashes
by Sara Raasch   


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. Training to be a warrior—and desperately in love with her best friend, Winter's future king—she would do anything to help Winter 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—only to find 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.


"How Do You Always Remain “Yourself”, No Matter the Situation?"  By L. R. W. Lee 2 years ago

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I loved Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch! From the well-constructed prose to the riveting storyline to the examination of how to always remain “yourself”, no matter the situation.

I must begin my critique with the world Raasch built. At the beginning there seemed to be so many kingdoms that it felt overwhelming, but the author sorted out how they came to be. While this first book fleshed out only three of them, I presume Raasch will bring the others in to play in defeating the major conflict as we move into book two.

Another thing I love about this book is where the story picks up…not with defeat looming, not with an enemy attacking, but completely and utterly defeated with only impossible hope spurring on the Winterians. And after hopes have been dashed so many times, few dare to hope again. How many world’s have been built thusly? Not many that I can remember. I love the author daring to rise up, daring to consider the possibility, daring to hope again…awesome…

Raasch also did a masterful job of unveiling a major plot twist three quarters of the way through that made so much sense but took me completely by surprise. I’ve read a lot of epic fantasy and it takes a lot to “pull one over on me” but she did it and thrilled me. Well done.

The main heroine, Meira, is a believable 16-year-old complete down to her impulsiveness and lack of confidence. I admire that she loves her country so much that she is willing to act for what she believes even if it means her own life is forfeit. That commitment makes her someone I could support and root for. The other theme I appreciated for Meira is her wrestling with how she can remain true to herself when those in authority over her dictate so much of her life. I enjoyed her search for answers that work for her. How true that is for each of us…we must seek to always be ourselves despite peer pressure or those in authority over us.

As for a budding love triangle, we definitely have one between Mather and Theron, but I appreciate how Raasch constructed it…not whiny, but testosterone driven guys who will clearly come to blows at some point. Personally, I’m rooting for Theron as he seems deeper and able to appreciate more deeply. Will that relationship be possible though? Hard to say.

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"I definitely think this book is predictable."  By Ali Kiki 1 year ago

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“Snow Like Ashes” by Sara Raasch was a very addictive read. It was the kind of read that once I picked it up, I wasn’t able to put it down until I had finished. Then I sat around wondering why I didn’t pick this series up soon. (My Sister is going “I told you so” in the background.)

I will start with the world and setting and all that jazz first. The world in “Snow Like Ashes” is split up into two different type of kingdoms and then each of those types is made up of four kingdoms, so that makes eight separate kingdoms total. The two type of kingdoms are “Rhythm” and “Season”. I really liked the idea of the “Season” kingdoms. I am not totally sure I understand the “Rhythm” kingdoms totally still. These kingdoms each have their own magic that is only supposed to affect their own people.

The World of Primoria

The Season Kingdoms are:

Winter – with a capital named Jannuari. The people are based off of a Greek culture.

Autumn – with a capital named Oktuber. The people are based off a mix of Arabian and Thai culture.

Spring – with a capital named Abril. The spring people are a mix of everything because Spring keeps conquering people.

Summer – with a capital named Juli. The peopel are based off a mix of African and Islander.

The Rhythm Kingdoms are:

Cordell – with a capital named Bithai. The people are based off of a mix of Nordic and English.

Yakim – The people are based off of a mix of French and German.

Ventralli – The people are based off Italian most specifically Venetian.

Paisly – The people are based off of Eastern European.

Winter’s magic conduit was destroyed by Angra, the Spring King. Meira and the other 7 Winterians not in imprisonment is trying to find the two halves of the conduit. Meira ends up begging to go on a mission to rescue half of the conduit when she is captured. She finds a way to escape and ends up coming back to the settlement that she and the other Winterians were staying out. Spies followed her back to the settlement and then everyone had to split up and meet up at a later date.

I really liked Meira. She is stubborn and wild. She wants to feel useful and wanted. She grew up an orphan, knowing very little about her family and she just wants to help save Winter. She learns that there is more than just fighting what you believe in. Just because she wants to fight doesn’t mean that she is putting others in danger. I liked that Meira was learning about herself throughout this entire book.

I definitely think this book is predictable. I had pegged the outcome within the first few chapters. With that being said, I still really enjoyed reading the book. I am hoping that good things come to the Winterians. I really want to see this kingdom succeed in this series.

Back to the magical world of Primoria. Raasch brings the reader such a magical world. Some aspects of this world become very confusing. There are so many kingdoms to keep track of and who rule whats kingdom. Whether it is a male or female that controls the magic. It is a lot. This world has been created so beautifully. I enjoyed every bit of getting to know this world. I am hoping for the next book that I may know the kingdoms a little better. I feel a little bit at a loss when it comes to who everyone is in each kingdom.

Kate Rudd did an amazing job with the narration of this audiobook. I enjoyed her reading very much. I hope that she gets to continue doing the books for Raasch. It is always great when you get a really good narrator because it helps with the listening of the book.