Ash Princess by Laura Sebastian

This is the first book in the Ash Princess series.

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.

I was drawn in to Ash Princess by the cover but was disappointed in the book. It sounded really interesting as it sounded like a rebellion story, interweaves some magic and love.

However, I found the main character Theo not very interesting. The back story to Theo is somewhat of a generic one. Her mother dies and she is kept alive by the conquering force to make sure her subjects are kept in line. Ash Princess was slow and I struggled to get through it while the ending did help me push through to see how it ended.

There was some points that I did find interesting with the introduction of the Prince and Theo’s friendships but they felt lacking compared to other stories I have read.

The magic system that Laura Sebastian was intriguing to me but it wasn’t enough for me to love the book. The social structure in the book was the generic and typical in a lot of the YA Fantasy genre.

Ash Princesses ending brought to a close some of the questions I had through the book but did end on a cliffhanger.

Overall I didn’t really enjoy Ash Princess but some people may enjoy it.


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