Ash Princess

Ash Princess

Book - 2018
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Held captive by the brutal Kaiser since age six when she witnessed her mother's murder, Theodosia, called Ash Princess, is now sixteen and prepared to reclaim the throne by any means necessary.
Publisher: New York : Delacorte Press, [2018]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781524767068
Characteristics: 437 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm


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SAPL_Teens Jan 05, 2021

Laura Sebastian did an amazing job writing this book, it's detailed, makes perfect sense, and just beautifully written. Ash Princess is the first book in the Ash Princess trilogy, it is about a girl named Theodosia who is the princess of Astria but when she was six a king from another land invaded her beautifully peaceful country, dominating them in one fouls strike. That was ten years ago, now Theo is sixteen, and bares the marks of her past hardships on her back. But when she is forced into doing an explicable thing by the Kaiser, she realizes that she's had enough, and that it's time to take back her kingdom. In a deadly game of wits will she out-smart the player who always cheats, or will she end up like her mother, six feet under? Personally, I really enjoyed this book, it was both fun and serious, and cute and adventurous. At moments I found my heart beating so fast I felt as though it might burst from my chest, only to have it come to a thundering stop a second later. I would rate this book a 4 out of 5. The only reason I didn't give it the last 1 star would be because, one I don't really like love triangles, but also this book just didn't do it for me. I really enjoyed this book, don't get me wrong but it was no 'Six of Crows' by Leigh Bardugo, nonetheless it was still an amazing read and I definitely recommend picking this one up if you're looking for an adventurous, YA, fantasy, with a kick butt main character and a frustratingly cute love triangle. 4/5 stars - Sarah, 13, SAPL Read It & Review Contributor

lgmosher Mar 13, 2020

Alrighty, to begin... this book is everything a YA novel needs to be. Danger, adventure, plotting, love, death and everything inbetween!

Sure I know what you're thinking, we've all heard of the suppose to be princess who is stripped of her title, beaten, and humiliated for someone elses entertaimet... but let me say this as well, a lot of those other stories have fallen short where Ash Princess has not.

This book is wildly entertaining and seductively readable. Once you start you wont be able to put it down until you have turned the last page. It is not predictable in any way. Once you think you'vve figured things out another coin is flipped and you're right back to going "Oh, no way!"

To put it another way, its everything I wanted and needed Red Queen to be... but Ash Princess is so much more! The title "Ash Princess" is senister and you expect a certan level of cruelty without overdoing it. This side of things was done very well and the dark cruel book we all were looking for a delievered. All the way around the book didn't leaving you wanting for much.

Character wise you aren't left wanting for much. She makes her reasons for relationships to mean something when they are shown and no one dies purposelessly. Nothing is worth than killing for no reason.

It is so easy to be inside Thora/Theo's head she was written very well.
The only thing I wish Sebastain would have done is deepened the character of Soren. Their relationship seems a little rushed and thrown together but with the circumstances it all makes sense and it was made believable.

I read Ash Princess in a day, and I believe that is what I will do with Lady Smoke!

Oct 24, 2019

Really well written fantasy book. For a first novel the wuthor did realy well. Had a difficult time putting it down.

Jun 09, 2019

I wanted to love this book, but it was honestly so hard to push myself to get through. The ending BARELY made me want to get the next book to find out what happens next, so at least it did that; I just hope it gets better. The character development isn’t done very well, the plot doesn’t progress easily, its climax and ending was also very predictable. Overall, I am being nice by giving it a 3 out of 5.

May 27, 2019

I found this to be a bit of a common story, but it was enjoyable all the way through and there were some twists at the end that I'm looking forward to hearing more about in the next book.

Feb 07, 2019

Liked this new author. Found it easy to skip through the "padding for length". Looking forward to the sequel.

Oct 12, 2018

Ever wanted to be a princess? With lots of money, lots of beautiful clothes, magical power, a glittering crown and a handsome Prince to rescue you?

Think again. Princess Thora has nothing, not even her name. She has no power over anyone; in fact, she's whipped whenever her conquered people rebel. She may wear beautiful clothes, yet there's no glittering crown; she's forced to wear a crown made of ashes whenever she appears at court. And she may know a handsome Prince, but she knows nobody is going to rescue her. She will have to rescue herself.

True, the chief villain is so evil (and I mean EEEEEVILL) that he makes Joffrey Baratheon look like St. Francis of Assisi. Talk about your Red Weddings! However, the usual teen triangle gets a new spin as Thora and her best friend Cress end up competing for the same Heir Apparent. "Ash Princess" is a fast paced, fun read (if you're not Princess Thora) that will be enjoyed by readers of the Red Queen books, the Selection series, and fans of elemental magic.

ArapahoeStaff1 Jul 16, 2018

I have taken a long hiatus from fantasy novels, because they start to read the exact same, but I was intrigued enough by the summary of this title that I decided to give it a chance, and I was pleasantly surprised. A teen girl that has been removed from her position of power by the Kaiser and kept as a hostage--beaten and tortured every time her people try to revolt. The Ash Princess definitely has a few things to learn about politics and men, but I think that was the point of this story--by the end of the book, she learns what is the most important to her, and she is ready to stand up and fight for it! Bad news...we have to wait for the sequel.

OPL_KrisC Jun 06, 2018

This cover is absolutely gorgeous and is what initially drew me in. I found this book to be an engaging fantasy with a dark side. There's a love triangle, magic and even some betrayal. I think fans of Sarah J. Maas and Leigh Bardugo would enjoy reading Ash Princess.

sarahbru17 May 29, 2018

Characters: 8/10
Plot: 9/10
Writing: 8/10
Going into this read, I was a bit burnt out (pun intended) on YA fantasy, but this presented a refreshing take on a genre I love. Though it had many familiar plot elements, the author spun them uniquely to suit her well-rounded characters.

I LOVE that we had a world with a unique magic system that the protagonist did NOT partake in. And it wasn't that she couldn't, but she justifiably chose not to. I haven't seen this before, and it was a relief after so many overpowered protagonists in other YA fantasy.

The romantic sub-plot was believable and *added* to the plot instead of distracting from it. I understood where Theo was coming from, and I sympathized with/understood her choices. She was never some head-over-heels, lovestruck teenager. She had genuinely confusing emotions, but those were always secondary to her main goals.

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Apr 09, 2020

“We are not defined by the things we do in order to survive. We do not apologize for them,” she says quietly, eyes never leaving mine. “Maybe they have broken you, but you are a sharper weapon because of it. And it is time to strike.”

Apr 02, 2020

"You're a lamb in the lion's den, child. You're surviving. Isn't that enough?"


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