AUTHOR: LAURA SEBASTIAN • GENRE: YA FANTASY • PAGES: 433 • RRP: $16.99 • RELEASE DATE: 24 April 2018 • PUBLISHER: PAN MACMILLAN AUSTRALIA
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.
Some people may argue that this book is a story we have all read before, as are so many books in this genre. I am not going to say that I disagree, but I am going to say that I don’t care because I thought this book was fantastic anyway.
It has love, betrayal, friendship, violence and a good dose of plot twists along the way. The Kaiser is a fantastic villain. He is a villains villain with no redeeming qualities, just the way it should be. I love that he has been written this way and doesn’t have a sob story past to “make” him evil.
Theo has been likened to Sansa Stark and I get the comparison. She has been with her captors for so long that she started to see them as friends, but finally she sees the light. It will be interesting to see how the series progresses and if she breaks away from more of the ideals imposed on her. Oh and of course I want to see how the love triangle plays out (of course there is a love triangle!). I am still not sure who I am hoping she picks yet.
Overall Rating:￼￼￼￼ ￼￼☕￼￼☕￼￼☕￼￼☕￼￼￼￼ 4/5 teacups
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Happy reading x