Friday, April 13, 2018

ARC Review: Ash Princess by Laura Sebastian

Ash Princess
Author: Laura Sebastian
Series: Ash Princess (Book 1)
Publication: Delacorte Press (April 24, 2018)

Description: For fans of Victoria Aveyard's Red Queen and Sabaa Tahir's An Ember in the Ashes, Ash Princess is an epic new fantasy about a throne cruelly stolen and a girl who must fight to take it back for her people.

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.

My Thoughts: ASH PRINCESS begins a new epic fantasy series. It tells the story of a young girl who watched her mother the Queen murdered in front of her eyes and who has spent the previous ten years as a captive in her own palace. She has been beaten whenever the rebels did anything that displeased the Kaiser. She has been befriended by the daughter of the man who killed her mother but she lives in total fear. She has also been waiting to be rescued.

When she is forced to execute the last Guardian - her own father, she decides to stop waiting to be rescued and the take charge of her own future. Of course this isn't easy. She has no power and is under constant supervision of three guards. Her first change is necessarily internal. Her attitude has changed though her outward behavior hasn't.

When a childhood friend who spent years mining the jewels that the conquerors want and which Theo's people used to magnify their magical powers escapes and comes to the palace, Theo finally has some actual support for her rebellion. Still, the rebels are a small group facing overwhelming odds. A plot is formed that involves turning Crown Prince Soren against his father to destabilize the government. So Theo begins to romance him and halfway falls in love with Soren who has suffered his own abuses at his father's hands. Theo is torn between the ideals she learned as a child and the crueler lessons she has learned in ten years as the prisoner of an evil man unable to trust anyone around her.

This was an engaging story but most of the action was internal which won't catch the attention of those who want battles and sword fights. Readers who want a character who needs to survive and who has internal strength will enjoy this one.

Favorite Quote:
"It's not your loyalty I'm worried about," he says after a moment. "It's your mind. The Kalovaxians have had you for ten years, Theo. That isn't something that's easy to leave behind."
I received this one in exchange for an honest review from NetGalley. You can buy your copy here.


  1. OOh nice! This is sounding more and more like my kind of book! Might need to buy this one sooner rather than later!

  2. I've seen this one on NetGalley and was curious about it. Sounds good.


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