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  • Snow Like Ashes

  • By: Sara Raasch
  • Narrated by: Kate Rudd
  • Length: 10 hrs and 56 mins
  • 4.1 out of 5 stars (58 ratings)

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Snow Like Ashes

By: Sara Raasch
Narrated by: Kate Rudd
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Summary

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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Beautiful

The plot is excellent, the characters are fleshed out and realistic, the narration is perfect. This is one of my favourite books now, having just read it. I would highly recommend! It's not cliched at all like some YA.

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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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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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