Ash Princess

Ash Princess

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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.
ISBN: 9781524767068
Characteristics: 437 pages :,illustrations ;,22 cm


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Barrie_Teen_Lists Mar 24, 2021

“I was a princess made of ashes; there is nothing left of me to burn. Now it's time for a queen to rise.”

- Ash Princess, written by Laura Sebastian

Theodosia was never called by her real name after her country, Astrea, was invaded and her mother, the beloved Fire Queen, was murdered before her when she was only six years of age. She was held captive in her own palace for ten years by the Kaiser, the relentlessly greedy emperor – the man that stole from Theo not only her throne and her mother's life, but hers. She couldn't speak up against the Kaiser and his court, she would be punished severely, but after the Kaiser pushes her to her limits, Theo can no longer go about her day being the obedient Thora (the name given to her) the Kaiser tries to mold her to be. With the knowledge that her people are being tortured and enslaved she has to take a stand. Not knowing who to trust, the girl who can't even speak a word of her mind, The Ash Princess must rise, for she is Theodosia Eirene Houzzara, the rightful Queen of Astrea. As said in an old Astrean lullaby, “Today is done, the time has come for little birds to fly. Tomorrow is near, the time has come for old crows to die.”

I personally enjoyed this book, though others might say it is very similar to any other book about royalty. In some ways I must agree, but that is only a minor setback for me. One particular reason I liked it, was that Theo has this inner conflict, trying to figure out who she is. Theodosia? Theo? Thora? Queen? Ash Princess? I enjoyed getting to see the different sides of her and how her character develops throughout the story.

I would recommend this book to girls and boys, who are interested in royalty and rebellion and like action. This book is suitable for ages 13+ as there is some mature content, such as violence.

I rate this book 4/5, since I do agree with the fact that it has a similar theme to other books, however, overall I found it very hard to put down. If you can spare time for one fictional story about royalty with a dark insight, Ash Princess is the perfect fit.

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.

Watermelody Mar 27, 2019

Interesting plot. Definitely has strong elements of 'well, at least it can't get any worse' followed by 'oh, I guess it can'. Excellent villain and twists.

Feb 07, 2019

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

Feb 01, 2019


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.

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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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