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Darkness, revenge and betrayal in ‘an edge-of-your-seat fantasy’ debut (Fiona Noble The Bookseller)
A completely addictive page-turner (Askews & Holts Library Services)
The characters, the plot and its twists make it a compelling read that I would happily recommend to any 14+ readers of fantasy fiction. I wish we didn't have to wait until next year for Book 2, Lady Smoke (ReadingZone)
Delivering a narrative that crackles with political intrigue, powerful and debilitating magic, and the violent mechanisms of colonization... [Ash Princess will] submerge readers in a turbulent and enthralling plot (Kirkus Reviews)
Provides a window into the complexities of human interaction and emotion, familial tensions, and the false public face that is sometimes required in politics and at court (Publishers Weekly)
Sure to be one of the summer's most talked about YAs . . . A darkly enchanting page-turner you won't be able to put down (Bustle)
An emotionally complex, breathtakingly suspenseful series starter (Booklist)
Through unexpected allies and daring escape plans, [Theodosia's] trip from downtrodden princess to queen is an engaging one that fantasy fans will enjoy...[as well as] fans of The Selection series by Kiera Cass and The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins (School Library Journal)
Richly imagined (New Statesman)
The trilogy promises to be a great story of a new queen arising from the ruins of her country (Armadillo)
In a land without a queen, the princess must rise. Ash Princess is a New York Times bestselling edge-of-your-seat debut YA fantasy from Laura Sebastian, full of intrigue, tested loyalties, daring and revenge.See all Product description
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As a debut novel I would say Ash Princess is written well and has the right pace. Laura Sebastian does a great job and I look forward to reading the next installment.
When Theodosia was six, her country was invaded and her mother, the queen, was murdered in front of her.
For the past ten years, Theodosia has been Thora the Ash Princess. As Thora she has learned to survive despite the near-constant abuse she receives from the Kaiser. Thora is placid and does not fight back.
However, when the Kaiser forces Thora to execute the man she thought would rescue her, Theo is done being Thora. Now she wants revenge.
With the help of a group of rebels, Theo plans to seduce and murder the Kaiser's son, the Prinz.
Will Theo get her revenge?
Will she escape the Kaiser?
The blurb for Ash Princess really intrigued me. It sounded like something that would grip me and keep me guessing. However, I was left disappointed.
I liked Theo and felt sorry for her - she had gone through a lot and I thought she was very strong.
None of the characters stood out that much for me, although Cress was quite interesting.
The plot was okay. Nothing that happened shocked or surprised me. For a book that's over 400 pages I found it quite slow and I didn't think very much happened plot-wise.
I didn't mind the writing style but it didn't hold my attention - I lost interest towards the end and I don't think I'll be reading the sequel.
I'm disappointed I didn't enjoy this more.
Overall this was an okay read.
But low and behold I did it. I read and finished it before UK release.
I can thank some really bad anxiety for that which left me able to do nothing but read one evening – I devoured the last 40% of this book then.
Ash Princess is about Theo. The Princess of her country. Or she would’ve been had the Kaiser not invaded and brutally murdered thousands. Enslaving her people. Torturing her.
Ash Princess is a dark world. It covers some heavy subjects (slavery, murder, torture, etc) and nods at some others that happen off page (rape).
Regardless of these themes in the book it was a good read. I thoroughly enjoyed it and would recommend it to anyone wanting to read a fantasy story that features magick* about a young girl gaining the courage and strength to be the ruler her people need her to be.
Theo’s character development is really something. She’s definitely suffers from PTSD throughout the book but at the start she is very broken and set on just keeping herself alive. But very quickly realises this can’t be it. There has to be more and when she finds out she has a few allies close by she starts to plot for a better future.
Even with her plotting and acts of defiance she still remains a very good character and whilst she does set up some Bad Things to happen I think ultimately she’s not yet willing to take too many risks which left me wanting a little more.
But even with this gripe I can acknowledge that its gotta be so freaking hard for Theo to do anything super risky because of the abuse and torture she’s been through, it can’t be easy for her. I know I wouldn’t have any amount of courage even close to what she does.
But she uses her anger to seek revenge. For herself, her mother, and her people. Even if they might not all realise she’s still there for them.
There is also unfortunately a love triangle. One of the male interests makes sense and I think adds to the plot and her inner turmoil. The other male interest is just kind of there because thats what childhood friends usually are in books these days and I kind of don’t get it? ’cause it didn’t really add much?
The secondary characters in the book are great to read about though! It was heart wrenching to see how far some people were willing to go for Theo, to see how their lives get turned up down for the choices she makes, the friendships she burns.
*I was also really impressed with the world building. It felt like Laura Sebastian had made a concious effort and did research to make sure the world she created didn’t read as every character was white. Which I think a lot of fantasy books end up doing.
Magick was connected very heavily to religion and even when Theo gets the chance to use any she refuses too because she respects the way magic should be earned which I think was super important.
I very much look forward to reading the sequal as I think Theo in a new setting will really benefit the story and I look forward to seeing more from other characters too.
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