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Snow Like Ashes: Snow Like Ashes, Book 1

By Carrie R. Wheadon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Compelling fantasy world has some storytelling hiccups.

Book Sara Raasch Fantasy 2014
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age 14+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 14+

I loved it!

For being someone who hates reading and being over 25 years old, I really enjoyed this book when I discovered it in 2018. I didn't think I would have enjoyed it as much as I thought, but I did and I ended up reading the whole trilogy!
age 14+

Amazing fantasy with a predictable twist but still great

Meira is a warrior. She was raised by the commander of the Winter army and has been learning to fight for years. Yet despite this, Sara Raasch does not make her a heroine with unlimited skills and capabilities. Yes, Meira has grown up with sword fighting lessons, but she is awful at it. She hasn't beaten her best friend, Mather, in a fight once. And so her weapon of choice is a chakram, which she uses instead of pretending she is good at swordplay. Mather is her best friend, but he is also the only heir to the throne of Winter, and therefore the future king. And so he and Meira can never be together, no matter how much they want to be. The plot is not focused on this, though. **SPOILER** Sir and Mather secretly arrange for Meira to be married to Prince Theron for an alliance of their kingdoms, which of course makes Meira very upset. I was kind of disappointed when Meira was revealed to be the true heir of Winter, with magic inside of her because this is basically what happens in every YA book it seems. But the book was still written very well, so I liked it a lot.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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Weaving in magical realms, a race of people nearly lost, and a teen girl's struggle to matter in the fight to save them, this fantasy tale is compelling -- when it holds together. Once readers are roped into the story, they may be forgiving about the less-than-careful way it's constructed. The small problems run the gamut: some hasty explanations of both major revelations and the details on how this magical world works, some poorly set scenes where you wonder who's where and what's happening. And then there's the dropped romantic plot line. It's fine in one way -- let the romance happen in Book 2 -- but in another it reduces once-important characters to very minor ones by the end of the book.

All those smaller quibbles aside, SNOW LIKE ASHES builds a world many readers will enjoy exploring for a whole trilogy. For more romantic-minded readers, the possibility of a monarch love triangle will be all it takes. For others, the complexity of alliances between Winter and Cordell and the mystery behind the dark magic and how to vanquish it for good will pull them effortlessly into Book 2.

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