Monday, April 23, 2018

Ash Princess by Laura Sebstian (Ash Princess #1)


Ash Princess
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Written by: Laura Sebastian
Series: Ash Princess
Sequence in Series: Book 1
Hardcover: 448 pages
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Publication Date: April 24, 2018
ISBN-10: 1524767069
ISBN-13: 978-1524767068
Genre: Young Adult | Fantasy

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.
Ash PrincessAsh Princess by Laura Sebastian

Theo is a young girl that is taken from her home after witnessing her mother, the queen and rulers, murder. She is held captive by her mother’s murderer and kept as a short of pet to torture when things go against the new rulers of her country. Otherwise, if she keeps her head down and doesn’t show any emotions, she lives as a guest in the palace.

When Theo is faced with the choice of survival or personally executing a fellow loyalist/rebel against the new regime something in Theo/Thora snaps. Opening her eyes to the hardships and desolation of her people.

Sometimes, okay most of the time, Theo’s choices made me cringe. There are a lot of aspects that seem very familiar to other young adult plots.

Similarities to other YA fantasy novels aside, Ash Princess worked for me. I didn't want to put it down and wanted to read it straight through. In the end, I was engaged, invested in the outcome and want to know more about Theo's plight.

I received this ARC copy of Ash Princess from Random House Children's - Delacorte Press. This is my honest and voluntary review. Ash Princess is set for publication April 24, 2018.


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