Snow Like Ashes

Snow Like Ashes

Downloadable Audiobook - 2014
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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 ...
Publisher: [Ashland, Oregon] :, Blackstone Audio, Incorporated :, Harper Audio,, [2014]
New York :, Harper Audio,, 2014
Edition: Unabridged
Copyright Date: ℗2014
ISBN: 9780062345790
Characteristics: audio file,CD audio,rda
1 online resource (1 audio file (10 hr., 56 min., 36 sec.))

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Beatricksy Feb 14, 2018

I see your fantasy novel, with your big, sweeping ideas of war and freedom and chaos. I get it. But you missed the bullseye. The worldbuilding is too clumsy and feels dated (gender-based magic should probably not be a thing anymore; we've run that fantasy trope to the ground). The protagonist flounces from scene to scene like the most spoiled brat in existence despite being on the run from the other kingdoms. She crabs when she doesn't get her way despite the horrific situations happening to other people. First world problems indeed. I'm sorry you have to wear a dress and be diplomatic and maybe, just maybe, have an arranged marriage to a super sexy prince that you happen to like a lot anyway. Sorry. Your life is the worst. Even if most of your kingdom is in slavery, your life sucks the most. The second half of the book grows up considerably: the plot twists are a bit silly, and "rousing" speeches always sound stilted to me, but the stakes are decently high, and her snarky attitude comes and goes appropriately. Definitely avoid the audiobook at all costs: it's not a good production.

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