Sara Raasch’s glorious high fantasy, SNOW LIKE ASHES, is just a couple weeks away from adorning your bookshelf! You don’t really need more temptation, but we’re going to tempt you anyways with this exclusive prologue called Icicles Like Kindling and Q&A from Sara. Go forth and indulge!
Icicles Like Kindling is a glimpse into Meira’s life before the events of Snow Like Ashes that was originally going to serve as the prologue to the book. In it, you will get a taste of the kingdom of Autumn, meet some of Meira’s fellow refugees, and get an introduction to the wicked danger that will soon plague them…
But first, get a little background on SNOW LIKE ASHES:
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.
And now, ICICLES LIKE KINDLING:
Q&A with Sara Raasch:
You’ve mentioned that you started Snow Like Ashes when you were twelve years old. What kept drawing you back to the story?
The characters—in particular, Meira. Her strength, her stubbornness, her drive, even her flaws. She was such a major part of my life through my adolescence that coming back to her and her story was as natural as coming home.
That’s what this story is for me—home.
The world is so rich and detailed—what’s your favorite aspect of world building when you write?
Thank you! My favorite aspect definitely has to be getting to explore the details of entirely new worlds. Most of it comes just through spending time in the world/story and watching the characters interact with their universes—like taking a mini-vacation!
What made you decide to write Icicles Like Kindling?
It was originally meant to be a prologue at the beginning of Snow Like Ashes to serve as a peek into Meira’s life pre-story. But after some finagling with the first few chapters of SLA, the details introduced in the prologue became less than necessary, so it was cut. Now, though, it serves as a fun introduction to the world of Snow Like Ashes!
What are five adjectives you would use to describe the series?
Epic, adventurous, magical, wintery, chakramy (is that an adjective? I’m making that an adjective.)
And lastly, we have to ask: What’s your favorite season?
Autumn! It’s the perfect combination of hot and cold, and the traditions accompanying this season are by far the best. Halloween, sweaters, apple cider, and pumpkin EVERYTHING!