Book Review: Ash Princess, Ash Princess Trilogy #1

Book Review

Ash Princess, Book 1 of the Ash Princess Trilogy

By: Laura Sebastian

4 Stars

Fantasy, YA

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.

If you hate cliches and classic stories retold with varying names and places, you probably won’t care to read this. But if a classic story with classic characters are something you love, as I do, than this is a book to curl up with over a long weekend.

A princess enslaved by the people who conquered her land fighting to save her crown and her people. What’s not to love about that? Especially when Laura Sebastian delivers with a rich world and a multitude of lovable characters. Every decision Theo was forced to make ripped at my heart. Such a perfect blend of wants versus needs, self-indulgence versus self-sacrifice; the things one must sacrifice to put the needs of an entire people over the needs of one, and the things we have to tell ourselves in order to do so.

While the bulk of the story reminded me of Holly Black’s The Folk of the Air series, The Ash Princess is not set in a fairy land. Already getting into book 2, I find there is a rich, eclectic world surrounding Theo’s land. I can’t wait to read more. I can’t wait to see if the Ash Princess can discover her true strength, take back her land, and find her happily ever after.

Happy Reading 🙂

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