Game of thrones meets graceling is as apt a descriptor as any. I did not like either of those books and i do not like this one.
Where game of thrones is complex, blood thirst, politically complicated and completely unrealistic. The only similarity shared is the unrealism Snow Like Ashes is simple and lacks any really gripping action sequences.
Graceling's only real saving grace *ahem* in my book is that it was charming where this novel is not.
If you liked either or neither i do not think you will like this.
Beautiful world building, a spunky heroin that modern reads will love, magic, battles, secret plots, romance - Snow Like Ashes has everything you could want in an epic fantasy.
Snow Like Ashes reminds me of Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta, which I loved. It shares that same basic plot line - a kingdom destroyed and a group of survivors searching for a way to save their fellow refugees from work camps and poverty and to return to their lost kingdom. The action in this book is beautifully written and the romance is a sweet undercurrent to the main story of our heroine learning to find and value her worth. I saw the main plot twist coming (no, I'm not going to tell you want it is), but that didn't detract from this wonderful book. If you're not a fan of long fantasy series, you could easily leave this book where it finishes, but I for one can't wait to see where the story goes next.