Snow Like Ashes was my first read of the Debutathon and it let me down a little bit. It’s not a bad book, but I don’t think it’s a good enough fantasy to stand the heat next to the likes of Throne of Glass or Fire and Thorns.
One thing I really enjoyed about Snow Like Ashes was the world building. I liked the world that Raasch has created with Primoria. The split between the Seasons and the Rhythms and all that was really interesting, as well as the history behind each one. I enjoyed reading about how Spring took over and how Winter had been enslaved. I would have liked to have seen more of the Seasons, particularly Summer and Autumn, because it would have made this world stand out more to me.
Meira is an interesting main character, although I felt like her characterisation was all over the place. One minute she was being a snarky BAMF and then she was sitting back and letting everyone else get shit done. Don’t get me wrong, I liked her, but she doesn’t stand out amongst other female leads, nor is she overly appealing.
There is, of course, a love triangle, although romance is certainly not the main focus of the plot. I can only think of one kissing scene, and very few instances of Meira fawning over the guys in this novel. I don’t care for either romance, so I don’t have a ship. I don’t think Meira has chemistry with anyone, which is a shame because I do like my shipping.
Snow Like Ashes was also ridiculously predictable. If you’re an avid reader, especially of fantasy, you’re likely to figure out what the big twist/reveal is. At least, I did. Very early on.
Overall, Snow Like Ashes is a decent fantasy debut, although Raasch fails to flesh it out enough to satisfy me. I might consider reading the rest of the series when it’s out, although it won’t be high up on my wishlist. It’s a good thing that I like stories about uprisings and slave rebellions!