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.
I’ve been getting into high fantasy books lately. Snow Like Ashes really made my new found love for high fantasy greater. It was so good! It was action-packed, it had twists that left me breathless, love and romance, and so much more!
Winter was conquered by Spring 16 years ago. 25 escaped, but only 8 remain. The others have been enslaved by spring and forced to work to death in camps.
There are 8 kingdoms in Primoria. 4 seasons: Spring, Winter, Summer, and Autumn and 4 rhythms: Cordell, Paisly, Ventralli, and Yakim. . They all have their own conduits.
To free Winter from the evil ruler of Spring, Angra, they must get their conduit back. It’s proving more difficult since it’s been 16 years and they still haven’t made any progress.
Meira is an orphan. She was raised by Sir, the general of the Winter kingdom. She wants to matter so much to Winter, so she tries so hard to make herself useful. Sir isn’t exactly all warm hugs, so Meira also tries so hard to please him. Meira’s character was awesome. I loved her! She was so strong and smart.
The more I read, the more the story kept getting better. It was just very well written.
The romance made my head ache; in a good way. I could not decide who I loved more. It was so hard, because they were both so awesome.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book, and I cannot wait to dive into the next one! I heard that the author will explore the other kingdoms more!