Snow Like Ashes: Sara Raasch
"Fear is a seed that, once planted, never stops growing."
Sixteen years ago the Kingdom of Winter was conquered and its citizens enslaved, leaving them without magic or a monarch. Eight survivors who managed to escape have been waiting and planning for the right time to take back their kingdom. Meira has lived her whole life as an orphaned refugee, raised by the Winterians’ general, Sir. Training to be a warrior while be head over heels for her best friend Mather will be anything but easy, especially since Mather is set to be future king. So when scouts discover the location of the ancient locket that can restore Winter’s magic, Meira decides to go after it herself. Meira soon finds herself thrown into a world of evil magic and dangerous politics and is starting to realize her destiny may be anything but what she thought.
OK, OK SO SNOW LIKE ASHES!!!!Leah and I have been WAITING for this book since we saw it on the coming soon list. The cover alone pulls you in, but whats inside does so much more. (Side-note: the man who did the cover actually reached out and said sup to Leah and I on our instagram so that was pretty cool.)
Basically in SLA all hell has broken lose and the people of Spring are dead set on making sure all the Winterians are gone from the world. We're talking straight up genocide. The few remaining Winterians are set on resurrecting the kingdom of Winter and ensuring safety for the last of the Winter bloodline aka King Mather of the Winterians.
When I first picked up and started reading I was a little overwhelmed (I wont lie I tend to feel that way at the start of most fantasy books). I feel like SLA is the love child of Throne of Glass, Xena, and Game of Thrones (maybe that's just me idk). Much like GOT there are a lot of Kingdoms. There are the Eight Kingdoms of Primoria. Then there's the whole Spring, Autumn, Winter thing. Sounds like a lot already right?! However the world building in this book is amazing! Once all the loose ends come together your mind will be blown by all the little details and how much Sara writing give us.
As far as the characters go MERIA IS BADASS!!!! I have this girls back 110%. Meria isn't about taking the easy way out, she can fight her own battles, she can stand her own ground, and can even fall in love while doing it. Oh and ya girl demands respect. Boys pop back because Meria don't want no scrubs.
Not just that though Sara does an amazing job at making both the male(s) and female characters equals. It was amazing to have a male showing weakness and wanting the girl to think he is worthy of her! LET ME TELL YOU IT GETS CUTE!
The two leading men in this book are King Mather the childhood bff who Meria has always had heart eyes for and Prince Theron whose has both brains and brass. I think some will think this as a love triangle, but I don't really feel like it is. IF HOWEVER it does turn out to be one then I already know whose side I'm picking. If you know me you wont need to ask...
To compare this book a little more, much like Throne of Glass this book is about war, fighting, and having power, with a very strong leading lady. The only downfall and the reason the rating isn't high is because at some points there was a lot being thrown at you and it was so descriptive it felt like an information overload. There is however a twist toward the end of this book that has set up this series, at least the next book, to be amazing.
That being said go out and get some banners made because Meria is a feisty and strong fem lead that you will be cheering for.
Snow Like Ashes lived up to all it's hype.