Snow Like Ashes by Sara RaaschThursday, November 05, 2015
Publication Date: October 14, 2014
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A heartbroken girl. A fierce warrior. A hero in the making.Meira was just a baby when her land, Winter, was destroyed, taken over by Spring. Sixteen years later and the original twenty five refugees who were able to resist Spring’s working camps have become a measly thirteen or so. Meira tries everything in her power to get back a land, she never truly knows. Even if that means risking her life for a broken locket. Or even marrying someone she does not love. Snow Like Ashes will whisk you away to a magnificent fantasy land and hold you captive like never before.
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. --Goodreads