Snow Like Ashes
When Meira was just an infant, the Kingdom of Spring attacked the Kingdom of Winter, killing or enslaving its people. All except for eight remaining survivors, Meira included. All she’s ever wanted to do was to help restore her kingdom, and now with a plan to steal back Winter’s magic, she can do just that. But the mission doesn’t go as planned and Meira soon finds herself in over her head.
This book had some of the most complicated world-building I’d seen in a while and I loved it. There were eight kingdoms but most of the time was spent in three, Winter, Spring, and Cordell. There were four season Kingdoms and four rhythm Kingdoms, and in the seasons’ kingdoms the magic was female-blooded. There was a lot of politics and negotiating, which could have gotten boring, but instead I found it really interesting. I thought it was just the right amount to show how delicate of a game it can be without dragging down the rest of the book.
Meira was simply awesome. She was independent, strong, determined, stubborn, very stubborn, and I liked her immediately. There was never a time when I felt she was being overly dramatic. Instead I always understood her emotions and decisions and most of the time agreed with her. I loved the growth she showed throughout the book as she discovered more about herself, about the inner workings of the court, and about the big Spring-Winter battle.
There was a little bit of a love triangle with Mather, Meira’s childhood friend and future king of Winter and Theron, the prince of Cordell, but it wasn’t the main part of the book. It didn’t feel thrown in just to create conflict. I liked Mather, I felt for him with all the pressure he had on him and his future not really being his own due to being the heir. But then came Theron, so sweet with a love of the arts and I was instantly lost.
Even with all the politics and complicated world-building, the book was still fast-paced with so much action. As mentioned, it never felt like there was a moment the book dragged. The only problem I had with it was that some of the twists were a little predictable, but that didn’t stop my enjoyment of it.
Definitely a high fantasy series to watch out for. And own in physical format because that cover is gorgeous!
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.