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Snow Like Ashes Quiz
If your personality was matched to a season, which would you be?
1) You worked on a group project at school, and your team is given an award for exceptional work! How do you respond?
- a. Enthusiastically—I earned this reward!
- b. Suspiciously—not every group member deserves it as much as I do.
- c. With a small smile—I know I did well, and that’s enough for me.
- d. PARTY!
2) What is your favorite color?
- a. Blue.
- b. Green.
- c. Gold.
- d. Red.
3) A great evil has desecrated your kingdom, enslaving most of the population and leaving the rest as homeless refugees. What do you do?
- a. Fight back no matter the cost—that is my home, and no one will take it from me.
- b. Psh. There is no evil greater than me.
- c. Form an alliance with a stronger kingdom, then slowly fight back over years.
- d. Invite the enemy to party.
4) If you could have any magical object, what would it be
- a. A locket.
- b. A staff.
- c. A ring.
- d. A cuff.
5) You would describe your personality as:
- a. Quiet.
- b. Careful and compassionate.
- c. Easygoing. Some days I’m loud and outgoing, other days I need a break to chill out.
- d. Vivacious.
6) You’ve always wanted a pet, but your parents have strictly vetoed that plan. If you could have any animal in the world, what would you choose?
- a. An exotic bird.
- b. A cat.
- c. A lizard.
- d. A dog.
7) It is time to audition for the school play. You’ll be trying out for the part of:
- a. The villain.
- b. Trying out? No thank you. You prefer to be behind-the-scenes.
- c. Supporting actor.
- d. The lead, of course!
8) Your favorite piece of clothing is your:
- a. Fuzzy beanie.
- b. Sundress.
- c. Plaid flannel shirt.
- d. Flip-flops.
Mostly A’s: Winter
Winter is unassuming, gentle, yet can easily turn deadly and wicked if not respected. The most admirable trait of all Winterians is endurance—their conduit gave them the ability to dive deep beneath the earth, and magic makes them capable of surviving in the unrelenting chill of eternal cold. Winterians are, above all, survivors.
Mostly B’s: Spring
When asked what they think of when they hear the word Spring, any other citizens of Primoria would say “control.” Spring’s conduit has been used for centuries to enforce utter domination and demand loyalty of all its citizens. But through this dictatorship-like state, Spring has still retained its natural beauty—it is undeniably vivacious and remains a symbol of life.
Mostly C’s: Autumn
Autumn is by far the mostunderestimated Season—but through that, Autumnians have managed to absorb every blow cast their way and rise not only whole, but stronger. They are the adaptable Season, the Season of change, as well as the Season of silent, steady growth. Humble and infallible, sure and gentle, Autumn may be passed over by most of Primoria, but they let this lack of recognition provide them with time to heal and mature.
Mostly D’s: Summer
Summer has one talent that no other kingdom in Primoria possesses: the ability to have fun. Their conduit has been used to encourage utter bliss in every citizen, blanketing Summer with a reputation of parties, music, laughter, and endless enjoyment. With this unmatched ability to love life, though, comes a lack of responsibility. But no Summerian worries about this—not when there’s wine to drink!
“Snow Like Ashes is a thrilling story with unforgettable characters set in a stunning fantasy world that had me quickly turning pages. I want more!” (Morgan Rhodes, New York Times bestselling author of Falling Kingdoms)
“The plot and writing are superlative...Highly recommended.” (School Library Journal)
“A satisfying read.” (Kirkus Reviews)
“An enjoyable adventure-romance.” (Publishers Weekly)
“A new society, a grand adventure, and a first romance, all rolled into one big fantasy epic.” (Booklist)
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Right off the bat I don't have anything negative to say about the book at all...not even a little bit. The world building, the characters even the secondary characters were all done so well. After I was done reading the book I was actually in a state of "I don't know what to do with myself" for a little while because I had immersed myself so much into the world Raasch created that I was sad to leave it.
The world created is pretty huge, there isn't just one or two kingdoms, no there are eight and we learn bits and pieces about all of them along with the alliances between the kingdoms and who hates who etc so yes there is a bit of info to take in when you first start reading but it was explained in a way where I wasn't bored and it didn't feel like an info dump. When it came down to it though the story was mostly focused on two of the season kingdoms ( Spring and Winter ) and one of the Rhythm Kingdoms, Cordell. Then there was the magic this world had and it was so original the history behind it and how it was used I loved it and can't wait to learn more about it, because evidently what the people thought they knew about the magic isn't all true which Meira came to find out in her battle of trying to free her fellow Winterians from the grasps of the Spring King.
I loved Meira, she is a soldier, strong, courageous and passionate and badass with that chakram of hers. She doesn't remember Winter, she was a baby when Winter was overthrown by Spring but she is determined to do whatever it takes to get her people out of slavery and back to Winter. She was just incredible I loved being in her head, she had flaws and doubts also which made her seem so real. There is also Mather and Theron. Both of these guys had some seriously amazing qualities although I'm loving Theron just a little bit more. Yes there is a love triangle and if you follow my blog you know how much I hate them and how very few authors I have ever read get them right. Well Raasch is now added to the list the love triangle was done very well I was not annoyed by it all. At first Meira thinks she is in love with Mather, I mean after all they practically grew up together so naturally they developed feelings but then enters Theron the prince of Cordell and well he makes Meira feel things that she didn't even feel with Mather so honestly I can't wait to see who she ends up with because she has a very complex relationship with Mather and building one with Theron as well.
There is an insanely awesome plot twist at the end that just blew me away as well.
Overall Snow Like Ashes is a stunning addition to the high fantasy genre and I will be counting down the days until the next book in the series comes out.
Author: Sara Raasch
Publication Date: October 2014
Genre : Fanasty
My Rating: 5 Stars
After finishing the last page of this book, I was left with one coherent thought : What is wrong with me?
Why did I ask myself that? Because, I just don't know why it took me this freaking long to pick up this book. I'm serious here people. I'm baffled. I have no idea why I haven't devoured this book sooner, but, now that I have, consider me hooked.
This story... My god, this story! I'm left speechless trying to sing its praises. I just don't know how to quite put into words just how amazing this book is.
It's phenomenal. Epic. The reason that the fanasty genre exists. Mind blowingly fantastic.
That is how I would describe this book. Not even for a second will you find yourself trudging through this book trying to get past a certain part. Instead, you will find yourself captivated with each chapter, paragraph, sentence, word.
This is the absolute best example of the fanasty genre and the author is, by far, a stunning example to her peers.
Grab this book, clear your schedule, and hold onto your seats as you drive into this richly woven tale of magic, adventure, love and above all, fighting for something greater than yourself.
I enjoyed this story quite a lot. Meira is a strong female lead who has a great personality. She wants desperately to make something of her life and play a role in restoring Winter to its rightful place as a kingdom. She was only a baby when Winter was destroyed and therefore has none of her own memories of her old home. Meira doesn’t feel like she fits in anywhere and strives to do her best for her people. She is fierce and fiesty. She doesn’t fight hand to hand very well but she’s a master at ranged weapons, especially the chakram. She jumps into new, dangerous situations without that much thought for her own safety and she doesn’t always get things right. Despite her mistakes and her young age, she’s able to make a difference and have a growing part in the world around her.
The rest of the cast of characters in this book are touch and go. Mather and Sir, the general who rescued the children during the fall of Winter, are well developed characters. Mather grew up with Meira and is one of the love interests. Sir is a strong leader who doesn’t let anyone forget that their doing what’s best for the greater good, not just for themselves. The other characters aren’t as well developed though. There are many smaller characters throughout the story that play significant roles but that are rather forgettable. I get all of the secondary characters confused and forget about them whenever they aren’t mentioned for awhile. I would have liked more development in that area.
The storyline and the world building was my favorite part of this book. Though the writing is a bit slow, especially in the middle of the book, the world is fascinating. I loved learning about the various kingdoms and the magic that only their rulers can wield. I found the differences between kingdoms to be interesting and I liked the backstory of Winter and how it fell. Winter’s society reminded me a lot of the Nords in the game Skyrim for some reason, most likely because they lived in very cold climates and were pretty tough. I look forward to learning more about them and their history in the next books.
The action in Snow Like Ashes is exciting and fast-paced. There are a lot of duels, battles, and fight scenes, all of which are written in a very quick way. There is not overwrought exposition and you jump right into the action. The story begins with the refugees living on the road while trying to find a locket which used to hold Winter’s magic power. After that the story gets progressively more complex and interesting. By the last couple of chapters I was really invested in where the story was going.
The only downsides I really had was the slow-paced middle of the book and the love triangle. Halfway through the book I felt that the story slowed down and spent far too much time on Meira’s interest in the two male leads. I’m not a fan of love triangles at the best of times and, while I did like both potential love interests, I could have done with less of that angst and more story progression. Once this hurdle was overcome, however, the book sped on to some amazing scenes and plot twists.
Overall, this is a really great book. The world is promising and I look forward to reading more in the series. If you like fantasy stories that focus on the growth of a teenage protagonist, check this one out!
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