Snow Like Ashes (Hardcover)

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This is book number 1 in the Snow Like Ashes series.

Staff Reviews

With imaginative world-building, easy-to-enjoy writing and a kick-butt heroine, Sara Raasch offers a lot to love in this Young-Adult fantasy debut. Though Meira, a headstrong refugee of the fallen kingdom of Winter, has a lot of growing up to do in her story, Raasch provides plenty of romance, action and magic to carry readers through a vividly realized and troubled world of kingdoms ruled by seasons. This is a must-read for fans of fantasy-driven titles like Throne of Glass and Graceling.


When I read young adult books, I tend to gravitate more towards the realistic side (think Eleanor and Park or If I Stay) of the book spectrum, but I was pleasantly surprised when I read this book. If you love fantasy, this one is for you. Complete with magic, sword fights, and a creatively formed setting, Snow Like Ashes was a fun and fast-paced read. Meira is a feisty, strong female lead reminiscent of Tris from Divergent or Katniss from The Hunger Games, and I'm eagerly looking forward to the next installment of this series!

Heather H.


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.

About the Author

Sara Raasch has known she was destined for bookish things since the age of five, when her friends had a lemonade stand and she tagged along to sell her hand-drawn picture books too. Not much has changed since then: her friends still cock concerned eyebrows when she attempts to draw things, and her enthusiasm for the written word still drives her to extreme measures. She is the New York Times bestselling author of the Snow Like Ashes series, These Rebel Waves, and These Divided Shores. You can visit her online at and @seesarawrite on Twitter.

Praise For…

“Snow Like Ashes is a thrilling story with unforgettable characters set in a stunning fantasy world that had me quickly turning pages. I want more!” — Morgan Rhodes, New York Times bestselling author of Falling Kingdoms

“The plot and writing are superlative...Highly recommended.” — School Library Journal

“A satisfying read.” — Kirkus Reviews

“An enjoyable adventure-romance.” — Publishers Weekly

“A new society, a grand adventure, and a first romance, all rolled into one big fantasy epic.” — Booklist

Product Details
ISBN: 9780062286925
ISBN-10: 0062286927
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Publication Date: October 14th, 2014
Pages: 432
Language: English
Series: Snow Like Ashes