Title: Ash Princess
Series: Ash Princess Trilogy
Author: Laura Sebastian
Genre: Young-Adult & Fantasy
Release Date: April 24, 2018
Ash Princess has been on my tbr for a while now and I’m so glad I finally found the time to read it. Devoured is probably a better word to describe how I read it. It is similar to other epic-fantasies, but in all honesty, this is something I’ve sort of come to expect with YA fantasy. There’s likely going to be a princess, and yes she’s likely fighting for her crown back. That doesn’t mean the story is the same or a rip-off from other author’s works.
In fact, once you start reading Ash Princess, you will notice what sets it apart from others. I like Theodosia’s personality. She sacrifices so much yet it goes by almost entirely unnoticed by not only herself but to the others. More is demanded from her and she does so without complaining(much). She’s been humiliated and mocked after losing everything dear to her yet she’s prepared to do whatever it takes for her people and to survive.
The only thing I didn’t like was how powerless Theo is. I kept expecting her to use her magic in some dramatic and heroic fashion and when the book ended I was feeling a little disappointed that she still seems so ordinary, when I know she’s capable of being extraordinary. So, needless to say I’m hoping that the second book, Lady Smoke, is when Theo will become the badass I know she can be. Fingers crossed!
I’m torn on the men in Theo’s life. On one hand, I’m cheering for Soren and on the other I’m cursing him for his responsibility in the evil doings of the Kaiser. Blaise seems like an obvious choice for a love interest, being childhood friends and all but then he’s a little unstable too. Ultimately though, I’m rallying Theodosia and praying that she won’t be like countless other women who are rescued by the big, strong hero. I hope this Queen can rescue herself! 😉
Theodosia was six when her country was invaded and her mother, the Fire Queen, was murdered before her eyes. On that day, the Kaiser took Theodosia’s family, her land, and her name. Theo was crowned Ash Princess–a title of shame to bear in her new life as a prisoner.
For ten years Theo has been a captive in her own palace. She’s endured the relentless abuse and ridicule of the Kaiser and his court. She is powerless, surviving in her new world only by burying the girl she was deep inside.
Then, one night, the Kaiser forces her to do the unthinkable. With blood on her hands and all hope of reclaiming her throne lost, she realizes that surviving is no longer enough. But she does have a weapon: her mind is sharper than any sword. And power isn’t always won on the battlefield.
For ten years, the Ash Princess has seen her land pillaged and her people enslaved. That all ends here.
About the Author:
Laura Sebastian grew up having many adventures on an avocado grove and later an island in South Florida. She studied Performing Arts at Savannah College of Art and Design and now lives, reads, and writes in New York City with her dog, Neville.
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