This Chick Read: Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch

Snow Like Ashes is the debut novel by Sara Raasch in her YA fantasy trilogy.  This story follows eight refugees from Winteria, as they search for a locket that holds a magical power that could help them regain their kingdom.  It is told from 16 year old Meira’s perspective, and through her eyes we feel the first stirrings of love, the tension and pain of fighting true evil, and the wonder of regaining her identity through a people she has only heard about in stories.

The following synopsis is directly from

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. Training to be a warrior—and desperately in love with her best friend, Winter’s future king—she would do anything to help Winter 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—only to find 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.

Immediately upon introduction to Meira, I was drawn into this story.  Meira’s fight to be an equal partner in this quest, struck a chord.  I immediately drew parallels to women’s struggles throughout history to gain those equal rights.  With the help of her friend Mather, she goes on her first mission and finds success.  You feel her pride, but when that success should have given her that promotion into the role she wanted to take, she was held back.  I loved how we saw Meira set her goals and struggle through all obstacles to achieve them.  Through those struggles, the growth of her character was such that I forgot I was reading about a 16 year old girl.

As with most YA books, this story also has a love triangle, PG rated.  In her group of eight refugees there was only one young man her age, so when they arrive in a bigger city, and he has some competition, it was fun to read about and see her fight her desires and theirs.

By the conclusion of this novel, everyone’s roles are clear.  I can’t wait to read the second book, already published called Ice Like Fire.  In reading Sara Raasch’s biography, she states that when she was a child and her friends would open a lemonade stand she would tag along and try to sell her hand drawn picture books.  It is apparent to me that Ms. Raasch has, like Meira, found the role she was destined to fill.  Her storytelling is top notch!

❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️. Copyright 2016 Deborah Kehoe A Chick Who Reads All Rights Reserved

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