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Breaking the Spine.
This week I’m waiting on:
by Sara Raasch
October 14th, 2014
Balzer + Bray
A heartbroken girl. A fierce warrior. A hero in the making.
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.
Why am I waiting on this title?
As you might have heard, Snow Like Ashes is making a splash in the YA world. This introductory novel to a brand new series is drawing comparisons to Game of Thrones. While, I haven't picked up the books nor have watched the TV show, the comparisons are calling to me. I LOVE well-crafted world-building, especially in fantasy, and by the sound of it, Snow Like Ashes delivers on creativity and credibility. Any work of fantasy requires a unique setting, but the structure of the world has to be believable too. And after reading early reviews on Goodreads, Snow Like Ashes has a foundation so strong, you'll lose hours immersed in a world that isn't your own.
Please, tell me more...
Aside from the magical world-building, you can count on a fierce and selfless protagonist to pave the way for what what will be an epic adventure entwined with political intrigue. "But mostly, it's a story about a girl coming into her power and her destiny in a way that feels true to herself. "
Ummm. I want this. And I want this now.
What are you waiting on this week?