“Even the strongest blizzards start with a single snowflake.” – Meira (Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch)
I received this book, and its subsequent sequel (Ice Like Fire) as gifts for Christmas. While the concept seemed interesting, I had been hesitant to buy these books for myself, as they seemed somewhat juvenile, in terms of the writing style and language. Turns out, I was right on both counts- Snow Like Ashes was both a fascinating read, however the writing was definitely rough around the edges and not as well rounded as it could have been. So, without further ado, let’s get into it.
The continent of Primoria is a continent divided between Season and Rhythms alike. Winter, Spring, Summer and Autumn rule over countries perpetually locked in their respective season. Rhythms
rule over more volatile lands, where the rhythms of nature still hold sway and normal seasonal changes occur. 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 she would do anything to help Winter rise to power again. So when scouts discover the location of half of the ancient locket that can restore Winter’s magic, Meira decides to go after it herself, setting off a catastrophic chain of events that launches her headfirst into politics, love and war.