Snow Like Ashes (Snow Like Ashes #1)
by Sara Raasch
Genre: Epic Fantasy
Publication Date: October 2014
Bang Bang Rating: 2.5/5
Meira is an orphan girl from Winter, one of the four kingdoms. Winter was recently overthrown by Argo (something like that) leaving eight surviving people-something the writer CONSTANTLY remind us of. The four kingdoms each have magic, that only girls can wield, and they use their magic to enhance their resources except the evil people. Also, Winter lost its two-halves locket which holds all the power. Meira, who wants desperately to prove her worth as a soldier, goes to find one of the halves. I forgot to mention that Meira is in love with Mather, one of the surviving eight, the king of Winter. Even if they find both halves of the locket, they can’t use its power because they have no royal female heir. So Sir, Meira’s adopted father, decides to create an alliance with Summer-I think. Oh and there’s also a love triangle.
If you thought this was confusing, try reading the book.
Dang, That was Good
- The characters were likable, except the main character.
That’s too Bad, Dang
- The Main Character isn’t likable. She wants to fight for her country, yet she admits she’s not a good fighter. However, Mather tricks Sir to let her fight (it’s really lame, and he falls for it) and of course she defeats all. All she does is whine about not being able to prove herself, being used as a pawn, what are these visions, blah, blah, blah.
- The story. There’s a lot of explaining and it’s mostly confusing. It’s a very simple storyline but it somehow seems convoluted.
- That’s it. If you don’t have good characters or a good storyline, what’s left?
The epic fantasy genre in YA fantasy is a plenty and in order to stand out, the story has to be special. There is nothing special about Snow like Ashes including the world building, the characters, and the plot.
If you want to read epic YA fantasy that has great world building and characters, read Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson, Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski, or the His Fair Assassin Series by Robin Lafevers.