Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch – Book Review


Snow Like Ashes

By: Sara Raasch

Rating: 4/5

Synopsis: A heartbroken girl. A fierce warrior. A hero in the making.

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, raised by the Winterians’ general, Sir. Training to be a warrior—and desperately in love with her best friend, and future king, Mather — she would do anything to help her kingdom 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. Finally, she’s scaling towers, fighting enemy soldiers, and serving her kingdom just as she’s always dreamed she would. But the mission doesn’t go as planned, and Meira soon finds 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. – Goodreads, Snow Like Ashes

I decided to read “Snow Like Ashes” originally because someone I knew read it and rated it five stars on Goodreads. They told me it was a fantasy they thought I would love and so I should give it a try. I wasn’t really convinced that I would enjoy it, but I saw it in a book store one day and picked it up (mostly because the cover was awesome, if I’m being totally honest).

It took me about three days to read it.

Three very long days.

“Snow Likes Ashes” is a good book. And by that I mean, it’s a good book if you haven’t really spent a lot of time reading fantasy. It’s a simple plot and the world isn’t so huge that you feel overwhelmed.

For me, it was a bit too simple. That sounds so snobby. As if I can say whether a fantasy novel is too simple or not. But the reality for me is, I love fantasy worlds like “Mistborn”, and when you’re a massive fan of the “Mistborn” or “Red Rising” series I think it can really hurt your expectations of other fantasy genre books.

Overall, “Snow Like Ashes” was good. The main character Meira was interesting if not a bit annoying at times and the world was really well fleshed out. But while the world was well done, the characters surrounding Meira were considerably flat and I felt little attachment to any of them. The plot felt pretty predictable, I was rarely surprised by anything that transpired. There was one piece to the plot that glared at me from the second chapter of the book until it was finally given this over the top reveal in the last 30 pages which irritated me to no end.

“Snow Like Ashes” is the first in a trilogy. I’ll probably read the other two books, but it’ll be a while before that happens as I have many other books on my TBR that take precedent over it.

Overall, solid writing and a great book for someone looking to get into fantasy novels. Maybe not for someone who reads fantasy as often as I do though.

I gave it four stars because I’m not a monster and recognize that this book is quite good, it just wasn’t really for me.

Have you guys read it? If so, what did you think? If not, do you think you’ll read it?



5 thoughts on “Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch – Book Review

  1. I’ve read both Snow Like Ashes and Ice Like Fire and gave them both 4.5 stars 🙂 I do agree when you say the plot isn’t that difficult to folow and the world is not very complex. I’ve read The Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan and that has much bigger worldbuilding (it is of course also adult fantasy), but sometimes I enjoy the more ‘simple’ fantasy stories 🙂

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  2. Someone recommended this to me just recently and said it was definitely good. But judging from your review, it sounds like this novel is so-so. And the ‘restoring magic’ part sounds awfully a lot like Thrones of Glass. Now I’m second-guessing whether I should read this or not.

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    1. It’s definitely very Throne of Glass in that concept, but it’s not a terrible novel. It’s just that when you’ve been spoiled by writers like Maas, this just feels like it’s not enough. It’s a good read if you’re just trying to pass the time between books.

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