Ash Princess Trilogy #1
by Laura Sebastian
Published April 24th 2018 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers
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.
I absolutely adored this book and cannot wait to move on to the next in the series.
Theo has had a rough life. Her country was taken over as she watched her mother, the Queen, be murdered before her very eyes. Her citizens were enslaved by the current leader and she had to endure every punishment for her people’s misgivings for the last ten years. She has the scars to prove it and the Kaiser, whom is the ruler of her current country, has made sure to put her on display as an example to his people and Theo’s to keep them in line and fearing him. They call her the Ash Princess and makes her wear a crown of ashes that disintegrates and covers her in dust as she moves.
Over the years, she has learned to just endure her punishments and do whatever the Kaiser asks of her but he has issued a new punishment and it breaks something within her. She is tired of watching her people die. She wants to make her mother proud and she is ready to take back her country.
I must say that I adored Theodosia, she is smart and caring. Every move she makes is for the greater good. She wants to save everyone but realizes that is not possible, even if she cares for them and considers them friends. She has her people that she needs to look out for and that is more important than anything.
The Kaiser is ruthless and I am not sure if I have ever disliked a character as much has my hatred has flowed for him. The punishments and his mannerisms were literally disgusting. I actually teared up several times for Theo and would have loved to poison him myself!
This brings us to the friendships. Cress is Theo’s BFF and they had grown up together. Cress has dreamed of nothing else but to be a Prinsezzin (princess) and has been groomed for the position. She is a little aloof but realizes the struggles that Theo goes through. I truly believe that she has Theo’s best interest at heart but cannot see past what she feels is her duty for her country. If Theo could just follow the rules and be compliant, Cress would look after her after earning her title.
There is a small love triangle going on and I honestly do not think that I really fell for either of the men we are given and my hopes are that I adore one of them in the next book.
I had such a hard time putting this book down as I was engrossed and just had to see what would happen next looking for the big ending climax…..AND….I felt that it fell flat. I was so very much expecting so much more! But I did not get it. There was a little shock that again, came out of nowhere without any foreshadowing but it was kind of anti-climatic for me.
Have you read this book? What were your thoughts on the Kaiser?
Did you dislike him as much as I did?