Finally, after NaNo, getting back into the groove of reading. Single-minded Erica is single-minded. Oh books, I missed you! Why didst I forsake you?
(To hit WC, that’s why)
And, let me just say, I picked an awesome book to kick off my return to reading:
Sixteen years ago the Kingdom of Winter was conquered and its citizens enslaved, leaving them without magic or a monarch. The Winterians’ only hope for freedom is the eight survivors who managed to escape, and who have been searching for the opportunity to steal back Winter’s magic and rebuild their 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 half of the ancient locket that can restore their magic, Meira decides to go after it herself—only to find herself thrust into a world of evil magic and dangerous politics, and to realize that her destiny is not, never has been, her own.
Holy crapola, what a cool premise!
What Intrigued Me: I love the idea of kingdoms that are only one season, and one of those seasons battling for dominance. I mean, seriously? Considering how often people argue which time of year is the best (Autumn. The winner is Autumn. Hands down), it’s brilliant that the seasons themselves would do battle as well. And that that battle would throwing everything out of funk. Love it.
What Hooked Me: NGL, but Prince Theron (who is heir to one of the not-season kingdoms) is totally dreamy. Because of the way he’s introduced (no spoilers here), I expected him to be completely selfish and awful. I was being foolish. Because he’s not. He’s wonderful. And that makes me happy.
What Made Me Fall In Love: I have said this many, many times: I love complex female characters who show weakness and fear and doubts, while still kicking major ass. Maybe even more than “love”. Maybe it’s “LURVE” with lots of sparkly hearts floating around it.
In any case, Meira is all that. She is at times cocky, selfish, scared, stubborn, hurt, and self-conscious, while still being a beast in a fight scene. She is awesome and, dare I say it?
(Should I say it?)
(I’m gonna say it)
…She’s really cool.
Snow Like Ashes is available from Amazon or Oaken’s Trading Post & Sauna (or local bookstore). Pick up a copy before you get snowed in!