Title: Snow Like Ashes
Author: Sara Raasch
Pages (format): 422 pages (hardcover)
Publication Date: October 14th 2014
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
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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 her kingdom 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. Finally, she’s scaling towers, fighting enemy soldiers, and serving her kingdom 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”.
In this story we follow eight survivors of Winter, one of the Season Kingdoms that was overpowered by Spring 16 years ago. These eight survivors have been trying to steal back Winter’s magic from Spring’s hand in order to rebuild the kingdom.