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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 Winter rise to power again.
So when scouts discover the location of the ancient locket that can restore their magic, Meira decides to go after it herself. Finally, she's scaling towers and 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.
Sara Raasch's debut fantasy is a lightning-fast tale of loyalty, love, and finding one's destiny.
©2014 Sara Raasch (P)2014 HarperCollins Publishers
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By Bookworm on 01-08-15

A decent read

What about Kate Rudd’s performance did you like?

Everything. I love all her work; she's awesome!

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No. And that's exactly why I didn't give it a perfect score. I enjoyed it and it kept me entertained, but it wasn't anything to rave about.

Any additional comments?

It was ok. I don't think there was anything wrong with the book, I liked the characters, the pacing was good, it didn't annoy me (not once, so that is saying a lot) and it kept me entertained. I just didn't LOVE any of it. Maybe I was just not really into the actual plot of the story, with the seasons and the rhythms and the conduits and all that jazz. In any case, I won't be jumping off the walls to read the second, but I most definitely plan on reading it.

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5 of 5 people found this review helpful

By Lauren Eli on 05-01-17

Forced Love Triangle, Self-Absorbed Main Character

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Not really, I struggled the whole way through the book and dreaded listening to it on my daily commute. I was trying to give it a chance so I finished it, but I won't bother with the others in the series.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

The premise is interesting, with the different seasons and magic. The forced love triangle was painful, but the worst was the main character's lack of growth. There were so many times that I just wanted to slap the girl for her selfishness and self-pity and yet there was no arc where she ever redeemed herself.

What about Kate Rudd’s performance did you like?

She captured the main character's personality fairly well, and some of the minor characters, though I think some work should be done to make sure the different voices stand out more from each other, especially with male characters which can be very difficult.

Was Snow Like Ashes worth the listening time?

No. Sadly, it was not.

Any additional comments?

I wanted to like this book, I really did, but the main character killed the whole premise for me.

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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By Poppy on 09-05-16

Maybe not to my tastes

This did hold my attention and I listened until the end but it didn't make me want to continue with the series. For a fantasy novel it had very little fantasy in it, and instead concentrated on battles and weapons and kingdom politics. If you're into that stuff you'll probably like it!

I just didn't feel like I cared enough about about Mira's kingdom to be gripped, as saving her kingdom was the driving force of the plot.

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By Chris on 05-19-17

Struggled to finish it.

What disappointed you about Snow Like Ashes?

Throughout the story the main character continuously thinks about her feelings for young men and her father: I love him, do I love him?, how can I love him?, does he love me etc...

What will your next listen be?

Maybe: Sapiens, Yuval Noah Harari

Would you be willing to try another one of Kate Rudd’s performances?

I don't think so, her narrator's voice is fine but all of her male character's voices are pretty much the same.

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Not really, the reason why I listened to this one in the first place is because Nick Podehl part narrates the second book, but I don't think I will try it given that I struggled through this one.

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By Mark on 10-08-17

Not a 10/10 but definitely a 7! An Ejoyable book!

Good story. Was as enjoyable listen will definitely purchase the next two books in this series. looking forward to hearing them both.

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