3 December 2014

Snow Like Ashes UK Release & Review

Snow Like Ashes
by Sara Raasch

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The UK print edition is available from 4th Dec here:

Amazon UK 

Amazon UK (eBook) * Amazon US

Game of Thrones meets Kristin Cashore’s Graceling meets Sarah J. Maas’s Throne of Glass in this striking fantasy tale of dark magic, dangerous politics, and discovering your true self, from debut author 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.

This title has been making quite a stir in the USA, if you like YA fantasy then this is the book for you! But please only request this title if you are able to make time to review it on your blog, as we have really limited numbers! It will be a case of first come, first served I’m afraid.

I received a copy from Harper360 in exchange for an honest review!

What I say: I featured Snow Like Ashes as one of my former Waiting on Wednesday posts and it seems like I've been waiting ages to read this one. Sometimes when I'm really excited about a book, I build it up too much and then end up being underwhelmed but thankfully this didn't happen with Snow Like Ashes because I really enjoyed it.

The setting is a kind of fantasy Throne of Glass or Game of Thrones for teens type world, where there are eight kingdoms each ruled by different monarchs. The world building is pretty detailed and it was a little confusing at times with all the different names, lands and boarders. BUT I was pulled into the story pretty quickly and appreciated the effort Sara Raasch put into her world (the print edition I read included a map to make it easier to visualise everything). 

Usually in most stories sun is good and winter is bad but not in Meira's world. Meira is from the usurped Winter kingdom. I really liked Meira and appreciated her need to help and do something useful. She can be a little rash at times but I understood her reasoning and why she does certain things. I loved her Xena Warrior Princess moments! Raasch does a great job portraying Meira's lack of self worth (not being good enough for a certain guy) and looking at the problems of the class system. 

I'm undecided when it comes to  the guys in her life. I liked Mather and felt kinda sorry for him at times. I also really liked Theron, who was not only really different from my expectations, but also because he's everything a swoon worthy Prince should be.

I both loved the ending because it was a great way to finish this instalment but then  also sort of hated it when I realised I'd have to wait to discover what happens next. But I guess it was the good kind of hate!

4 Stars in my Sky! 


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