Snow Like Ashes Trilogy [Review]

SPOILER FREE REVIEW

Snow Like Ashes Cover.jpgSynopsis (Taken from Goodreads.com): 

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, 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.

Pages: 416

Goodreads Rating: 3.99/5 Stars

My Rating: 4/5 Stars

****

Ice Like Fire Cover.jpgSynopsis (Taken from Goodreads.com): 

It’s been three months since the Winterians were freed and Spring’s king, Angra, disappeared—thanks largely to the help of Cordell.

Meira just wants her people to be safe. When Cordellan debt forces the Winterians to dig their mines for payment, they unearth something powerful and possibly dangerous: Primoria’s lost chasm of magic. Theron sees this find as an opportunity—with this much magic, the world can finally stand against threats like Angra. But Meira fears the danger the chasm poses—the last time the world had access to so much magic, it spawned the Decay. So when the king of Cordell orders the two on a mission across the kingdoms of Primoria to discover the chasm’s secrets, Meira plans to use the trip to garner support to keep the chasm shut and Winter safe—even if it means clashing with Theron. But can she do so without endangering the people she loves?

Mather just wants to be free. The horrors inflicted on the Winterians hang fresh and raw in Januari—leaving Winter vulnerable to Cordell’s growing oppression. When Meira leaves to search for allies, he decides to take Winter’s security into his own hands. Can he rebuild his broken kingdom and protect them from new threats?

As the web of power and deception weaves tighter, Theron fights for magic, Mather fights for freedom—and Meira starts to wonder if she should be fighting not just for Winter, but for the world.

Pages: 479

Goodreads Rating: 3.79/5 Stars

My Rating: 3/5 Stars

*****

Frost Like Night Cover.jpgSynopsis (Taken from Goodreads.com): 

Angra is alive, his Decay is spreading—and no one is safe.

Meira will do anything to save her world. With Angra trying to break through her mental defenses, she desperately needs to learn to control her own magic—so when the leader of a mysterious Order from Paisly offers to teach her, she jumps at the chance. But the true solution to stopping the Decay lies in a labyrinth deep beneath the Season Kingdoms. To defeat Angra, Meira will have to enter the labyrinth, destroy the very magic she’s learning to control—and make the biggest sacrifice of all.

Mather will do anything to save his queen. He needs to rally the Children of the Thaw, find Meira—and finally tell her how he really feels. But with a plan of attack that leaves no kingdom unscathed and a major betrayal within their ranks, winning the war—and protecting Meira—slips farther and farther out of reach.

Ceridwen will do anything to save her people. Angra had her brother killed, stole her kingdom, and made her a prisoner. But when she’s freed by an unexpected ally who reveals a shocking truth behind Summer’s slave trade, Ceridwen must take action to save her true love and her kingdom, even if it costs her what little she has left.

As Angra unleashes the Decay on the world, Meira, Mather, and Ceridwen must bring the kingdoms of Primoria together…or lose everything.

Pages: 496

Goodreads Rating: 4/5 Stars

My Rating: 3/5 Stars

*****

My Opinion

I’ve been collecting this trilogy since they began publishing in 2014 and, I have to say, I am super excited by how pretty the hardcovers look side-by-side on my bookshelf. Anyways, I’ve had the completed series for a while now, but only just now had the ability to read the trilogy (which is all thanks to my summer reading challenge). Although it was very obvious that this trilogy was written by a debuting author, I did love many of the moments the book had and tried to overlook some of the young adult tropes that were also found within the pages.

If I was to describe this trilogy in one word, it would be an easy thing to do. Fast. Fast-paced, fast-development, fast world-building; you name it, and the books were fast-paced. This was one of the aspects I tried my best to overlook because Sara Raasch did have an interesting story beneath the fast-paced everything, even if it was the typical hero quest seen in the majority of the young adult novels in the world. (The hero-quest plot line is nearly impossible to avoid when writing a book, so it was easy to forgive that.)

Out of the three books, I found the first one to be the best one. Although the world building was a lacking – I wasn’t quite comfortable with the world until halfway through the second book – it was interesting to watch the beginnings of character development and to get introduced to the main question of the novels – Will the world be better off without magic?

While the plot didn’t start truly heating up until the third novel, the majority of the first and second books were spent exploring and traveling around the world. Usually, if books spend too much time doing that, I tend to get bored or frustrated with the unfolding of the novel, as traveling tends to slow down the pacing of the book. However, that was not the case with this trilogy, which I found surprising. I believe it came down to rapid nature of which the books were unfolding, which balanced out the travel.

The biggest failure of these books was definitely the romance. We did have an established love triangle by the end of the first book, I was weary of the insta-love that kept occurring for Meira and her two love interests. While one of the relationships had the background to occur – and ultimately was my ship in the end – the other was developed to be more or less a plot point for the subplots. But, Sarah did do a wonderful job of making me dislike both of the love interests at different points in the novel, so I was impressed by that.

In the end, if I hadn’t been using this trilogy for the reading challenge, I probably would have struggled to get through the books. At times, it felt like there was more fluff than concrete aspects on the pages. But, since she is a debuting author, I forgave her for many of the follies that were found in the pages. Nevertheless, I did take enjoyment from these books and I am curious to see what future projects this author has in the future.

*****

Snow Like Ashes (Trilogy)

  • Snow Like Ashes
  • Ice Like Fire
  • Frost Like Night

*****

“That’s why literature is so fascinating. It’s always up for interpretation, and could be a hundred different things to a hundred different people. It’s never the same thing twice.”
― Sara Raasch, Snow Like Ashes

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One thought on “Snow Like Ashes Trilogy [Review]

  1. Kathy @ Books & Munches says:

    I’ve yet to read these books, but I’ve heard so much about them already that I definitely want to check them out. I hope -fingers crossed- that I won’t be bothered with the love-triangle / insta-love because it’s been getting in my nerves lately.. [First time ever something like that gets on my nerves, to be honest.]
    Apart from that little part, I’m looking forward to finally reading them! If I ever find the time, haha.

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