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Publisher's 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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A decent read

What about Kate Rudd’s performance did you like?

Everything. I love all her work; she's awesome!

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No. And that's exactly why I didn't give it a perfect score. I enjoyed it and it kept me entertained, but it wasn't anything to rave about.

Any additional comments?

It was ok. I don't think there was anything wrong with the book, I liked the characters, the pacing was good, it didn't annoy me (not once, so that is saying a lot) and it kept me entertained. I just didn't LOVE any of it. Maybe I was just not really into the actual plot of the story, with the seasons and the rhythms and the conduits and all that jazz. In any case, I won't be jumping off the walls to read the second, but I most definitely plan on reading it.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Forced Love Triangle, Self-Absorbed Main Character

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Not really, I struggled the whole way through the book and dreaded listening to it on my daily commute. I was trying to give it a chance so I finished it, but I won't bother with the others in the series.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

The premise is interesting, with the different seasons and magic. The forced love triangle was painful, but the worst was the main character's lack of growth. There were so many times that I just wanted to slap the girl for her selfishness and self-pity and yet there was no arc where she ever redeemed herself.

What about Kate Rudd’s performance did you like?

She captured the main character's personality fairly well, and some of the minor characters, though I think some work should be done to make sure the different voices stand out more from each other, especially with male characters which can be very difficult.

Was Snow Like Ashes worth the listening time?

No. Sadly, it was not.

Any additional comments?

I wanted to like this book, I really did, but the main character killed the whole premise for me.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Narrator

The narrator can make a world of difference in an audible book. I have listened to this one before and was quickly reminded how every voice is the same. The men's voices are a little deeper but they all sound the same. A drawn out gravely sound at the end of each sentence. She also doesn't speak in sentences, it's word by word by word. The story jumps a lot. I thought it could have been so much more in depth to capture the listener but it just wasn't there. The narrator does have a very strong voice, she just needs to work at changing it up a bit.

10 of 12 people found this review helpful

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  • Rocky
  • PENSACOLA, FL, United States
  • 05-20-15

Brilliant narration! Fantastic story!

Where does Snow Like Ashes rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This book, obviously, is well written; however, I'm not sure if it's half as good as I think it is thanks to the brilliance of the narrator. She makes the characters live and breathe, infused with characterization. The story is vivid and entrancing. It pulls you in and never lets you go. I can't wait for the next one!

8 of 10 people found this review helpful

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It's a no from me.

So disappointing. The leads were impossible to like. The writing is super repetitive and predictable. The narrator was horrid. All the male voices were the same. Only reason I finished it was because I spent a credit. Not sure how this was so popular.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • JM
  • 05-23-17

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acting is great. the writing is super repeative. locket locket boo hoo poor me locket locket , makes up the theme for pages. not sure if i will get book 2 or 3.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Predictable. but wonderfully entertaining.

The story is very original and the characters each have a defining personality. my only problem is that kate rudd uses the same 3 voice tones for everyone in the book. making it hard to stay on top of who's currently speaking.

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Predictable

It was a good premise but way too easy to predict. Too many clues are given so the plot twists aren't as surprising as they could be. It also felt too easy. Like she's barely trained but manages to get away. Herod would or should have been more experienced than to make such a silly mistake. I kept hoping there was a big plot twist coming... Like when Angra brings the Prince to Meera all beaten. I thought maybe he was the twist... that he was working with Angra. But no... it was just leading to the love triangle.

I don't find the character relatable. Her evolution as a character takes too long to start and then when it does start then it happens all at once. I find it difficult to believe a person can change in such a short span of time. I mean, she bounces between a horny teenager to a selfish brat to a regal queen. She somehow just knows how to use the magic in the last fight. She holds her hands out and pours the magic into her people. How did she know to do that. There's no learning curve. The victory relies too much on the magic that Meera has had for only a few weeks.

I liked the narrator except that the volume was like a rollercoaster. I sometimes battled hear the words while my phone was on full volume and then sometimes out of nowhere it would almost blow my speakers. I found it difficult to differentiate between the voices of the males. I would sometimes think it's one guy and then the words of the book say it's another guy.

I loved the sassiness of Meera. I liked how she was constantly putting herself under scrutiny in her head. Arguing with herself. I liked her sarcasm and quick wit.

Over everything... you can actually feel how young she is and how inexperienced she is at life. She's just a giddy teen in a love triangle who just went from a nothing orphan to a magic queen.

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Magic System With A Strong Dark Side

This is how YA fantasy should be written. If the world doesn't grab me by the throat and threaten to squeeze the life out of me with a dark magic that can rival or even exceed the good magic, then I probably am not invested in it the way I was with this story.

One of my favorite aspects of the fantasy genre, in general, is the internal struggle of characters trying to balance excessive power. I love to watch characters make hard choices and walk the fine line between good and evil, helpful and hurtful, necessary and excessive, privilege and sacrifice.

This story has the kind of characters I don't just want to read about, but instead want to journey with through any hardship.

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Wonderful!

Great story, great characters, great narration. A lot like Sarah J Maas books, which are my favorites.

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  • Poppy
  • 09-05-16

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.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Chris
  • 05-19-17

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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  • Mark
  • 10-08-17

Not a 10/10 but definitely a 7! An Ejoyable book!

Good story. Was as enjoyable listen will definitely purchase the next two books in this series. looking forward to hearing them both.