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Snow like ashes
Raasch, Sara, author.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
New York, NY : Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2014]
Physical Description:
422 pages : map ; 22 cm
Orphaned Meira, a fierce chakram-wielding warrior from the Kingdom of Winter, must struggle to free her people from the tyranny of an opposing kingdom while also protecting her own destiny.
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Central Library Y FICTION Young Adult Fiction Popular Materials-Young Adult
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Hamburg Library Y FICTION Young Adult Fiction Young Adult
Kenmore Library Y FICTION Young Adult Fiction Young Adult
Lancaster Library Y FICTION Young Adult Fiction Fantasy
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A striking fantasy tale of dark magic, dangerous politics, and discovering your true self--perfect for fans of Game of Thrones, An Ember in the Ashes and A Court of Thorns and Roses.

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.

Author Notes

Sara Raasch is the New York Times Bestselling author of the YA fantasy series Snow Like Ashes. The series includes Snow Like Ashes, Ice Like Fire, Flames Like Vines, and Frost Like Night.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Meira, an orphan in the Kingdom of Winter, lives without magic or a monarch as she trains to become a warrior. When the kingdom was conquered years ago, no one knew what would become of them, save that they would be slaves to the other kingdoms. Meira, however, is determined to triumph over her situation, even as she is falling head over heels for her best friend (and the future king) Mather. In an effort to bring magic and freedom back to her people, she starts off on a journey to find eight survivors of the takeover and an ancient locket that could be the key to everything. She must be careful around the Spring city master and slave owners, who treat the Winterians as second-class scum. Raasch's first novel is quite an undertaking: a new society, a grand adventure, and a first romance, all rolled into one big fantasy epic. The characters are compelling, even the villains, and the brave journey from Meira's point of view makes for an exciting story.--Comfort, Stacey Copyright 2014 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

In Raasch's debut, an epic fantasy, the realm of Primoria is divided into eight countries sustained by magic governed by human political and social arrangements, accessible only by physical talismans. While this structure doesn't promise much subtlety, Raasch builds an enjoyable adventure-romance around it. Meira is one of eight free Winterians-inhabitants of the Winter realm who survived the sacking of their capital by neighboring Spring. Other survivors are interned in work camps, while Meira's group lives as a rebel band, seeking the two halves of their magical talisman, which will enable Winterians to tap their rightful powers and regain their kingdom. Diplomacy is as crucial to this quest as spycraft and battles. Though Meira loves Mather, heir to the Winterian throne, he offers her in alliance to the crown prince of Cordell, for whom Meira also feels a reluctant warmth. But it is her own place in this endlessly shifting world that is most important to Meira, and it's through her slow realizations and lightning insights that Raasch's emerging talent makes its greatest appeal. Ages 14-up. Agent: Mackenzie Brady, New Leaf Literary + Media. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

School Library Journal Review

Gr 7 Up- In classic fantasy style, Meira is a feisty orphan girl with aspirations of being a soldier for her icy province, Winter, which has been enslaved by a neighboring territory. Her weapon of choice: the chakram, or throwing circle. Meira partners with her childhood playmate, an heir to the throne, in a quest to locate the broken locket that holds the magic for their province. Meira has romantic feelings for this young man, so she is startled when it becomes apparent that she will be used as a pawn to forge a marriage alliance with another territory. As the story unfolds, the history of the provinces is revealed, magic explained, and all is not as it seems. Although the story is derivative of many before it, the plot and writing are superlative, and fans of Leigh Bardugo's Shadow and Bone (Holt, 2012) and the like will not be disappointed.-Leah Krippner, Harlem High School, Machesney Park, IL (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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