Author: Laura Sebastian
Genre: Fantasy, Young-Adult
Category: Trilogy (Book 1 of 3)
Number of pages: 432
Started: 17/09/2018 – Finished: 24/09/2018
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.
I’m going to say what everyone else is saying – I’ve read this plot before. Rightful queen wants to reclaim her throne, evil ruler and a love triangle.
It does have it’s own story. This book is an entertaining , easy and quick read. It has some darker aspects like slavery, racism, torture, graphic abuse and rape. These thing are pretty much what drive the story.
I enjoyed how Theo played the stupid princess when she really wasn’t. And watching her manipulate people was quite enjoyable. Trough-out the book I asked these questions so many times: ‘Do I like this character do I not? Is this character good or not?’ and it was such a driving factor to see who will betray who in the end or will they be able to betray each other at all.
The love triangle was entertaining because sometimes you wonder is it it actually a triangle or is Theo that good of an actress.
The political part was well written as well.
Overall it’s not a new plot, not a new world, which I understand as it is a debut novel, but it is good in it’s own way and it was a page-turner. I will follow the next books for sure.
There were many times I compared it to Red queen and not so often to Throne of glass. So if you enjoyed those I’d recommend you check this one out!
Have you read this book? What did you think?
“My body remembers – even when the rest of me forgets – that I am not made for curtsying.”