Writer’s Quote Wednesday: Sara Raasch Snow Like Ashes


Yes, it’s another  Writer’s Quote Wednesday, via my blogging pal Colleen over at SilverThreading. If you’d like to join in the fun here’s the link: http://silverthreading.com/2015/08/12/writers-quote-wednesday-roald-dahl/

The quote I’m going to feature this week is about the shivers, yes, wicked cold, a freezing dose of torture that gets right into your unsuspecting bones and just settles there. I hate the cold, my body just doesn’t like it, not one bit. My skin does this weird puckering thing, it squeezes itself into defensive mode and starts to resemble an orange, (without the bright colour I hasten to add,) yes crinkly peel skin that’s what I have when it’s cold. It’s not a look I’d recommend! On top of that I get chilblains on my feet, oh, and joy of joys last year I even managed to find a few of these beauties appearing on my hands. UGH…!!!!

So when I read this particular passage in Snow Like Ashes, I shivered a lot, can you imagine an orb of eternal winter? Eek,well if that’s on the cards, I’d wish for no long for some of that Winterian blood flowing in my veins! Yes a Winterian blood transfusion that’s what I’d be needing!



“It’s so cold that foreigners have to wrap in layers of fur to walk from building to building, while our natural Winterian blood keeps us warm even in the worst conditions. And snow is everywhere, always, so much that the grass beneath it is white from lack of sun. An entire kingdom wrapped in an orb of eternal winter.”
Sara Raasch, Snow Like Ashes      

Here’s the Goodreads synopsis:

 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.

To follow Sara Raasch on Tumblr: http://sararaasch.tumblr.com/

My review of Snow Like Ashes: https://mjmallon.com/2014/12/30/my-kyrosmagica-review-of-snow-like-ashes-by-sara-raasch/

Thanks for stopping by for Writer’s Quote Wednesday. Hope you liked the quote, and my whingeing about the cold. Sometimes it’s good to have a good old moan, gets it out of your system! Now I feel all hot and toasty!

Do you love or hate the cold? Do leave a comment and let me know.


Marje @ Kyrosmagica xx

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  1. I love the description! It reminds me of living in AK. Actually, it reminds me of winters where I live now. When people visit from the south, we feel the cold so different. It’s like the cold is in my blood and I watch them shiver in the nothing that is a beautiful winter day. 🙂

  2. I love the cold, but am not a fan of chapped feet or knuckles. Luckily, I’ve learned to cream my hands and feet well, so I get all the fun of the cold without the pain. 🙂 Gloves come a long way.

  3. I lived in Canada for many years so mountains of snow and minus 20 was the norm for me for six months of the year. Then going to Australia, where 40 degree days made it hard to function – I have to say of the two I prefer the cold, as long as I can escape indoors to a warm room 🙂

      1. Well, the coldest I ever experienced in Canada was minus 40, and that was totally extreme! So having been at both ends of the temperature spectrum, I do appreciate the more temperate British weather, that’s for sure.

  4. I hate the cold. I feel your pain with the chilblains. I get them on my hands and feet. Awful sore things that make me miserable and typing/writing rather difficult. I love the quote. And the books sounds interesting as well. Not one I’ve heard of before. .

  5. Hi Marje! That quote from Snow Like Ashes was so creative and eerie. It made me shiver too. I’m from south Florida (USA) and our idea of cold here is 60˚F Ha, ha! An ‘orb of eternal winter’ is what nightmares are made of. 😉

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