Publication Date: April 24, 2018
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Genre: YA Fantasy
Dates Read: November 16, 2020
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.
This book genuinely surprised me. I found the writing to be very compelling. Laura Sebastian did an incredible job making the story emotionally gripping and taking readers on a journey.
There were a few aspects I could have done without or I didn’t think worked well. I don’t enjoy reading about love triangles often and you definitely have that in this book.
I didn’t mind Theo as a main character, but there were times when I really didn’t like how she acted. I understood WHY she acted the way she did, but I especially wasn’t very fond of her interactions with both of her “love interests”.
Overall though, I really enjoyed this book. This book does have a few trigger warning to be aware of like abuse, violence, etc. If you aren’t comfortable reading books with those topics or scenes, don’t read this. That being said, the book was very well written, and I look forward to reading the second book.