Review: Ash Princess (Ash Princess Trilogy #1) – Laura Sebastian

And just like that I am 60 books into the year.

I knew for this momentous occasion I wanted to read something that I had previously expressed excitement over but then sat on my TBR in favour of other recently purchased novels.

Enter the New York Times bestselling fantasy debut by Laura Sebastian, Ash Princes (Ash Princess Trilogy #1).

Was Ash Princess worth the fan fare? Keep on reading to find out my thoughts and opinions.

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32505753Ash Princess (Ash Princess Trilogy #1) by Laura Sebastian 

Publisher:Delacorte Books for Young Readers (April 24, 2018)

Print Length: 432 pages

Audiobook Length: 13 hrs and 17 mins

Narrator:Saskia Maarleveld

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

The Review 

Ash Princess (Ash Princess Trilogy #1) was a captivating debut by author Laura Sebastian that explored themes of romance, persecution, rebellion and hope in a way that I sometimes forgot I was reading a YA fantasy novel.

Ash Princess (Ash Princess Trilogy #1) is the fantastical tale of Princess Theodosia, who for 10 years has been held captive by the Kaiser who stole her kingdom and murdered her mother. Desperate for escape, Theodosia will do anything she can to reclaim what is rightfully hers, even if she has to give up everything to do so.

A darker YA fantasy, Ash Princess has all the makings of an addictive trilogy. Sebastian’s choice to explore darker themes in this YA debut made it one I won’t surely forget. Likewise, Sebastian’s world building, both in the relationship and ramifications in regards to conqueror and the conquered, as well as the magic system really set Ash Princess apart from other YA fantasy novels I’ve read recently. I enjoyed the fact that while everyone was able to access magic, only a select few were able to wield it properly, with the ‘less worthy’ going mind mad while attempting to harness the power.

I also enjoyed the characters in the Ash Princess world. Theodosia was a very likable heroine, and I liked that even though she was stuck in the middle of a love triangle, she put her wants and needs above those of her suitors. Speaking of the love triangle I hope that in the next two novels it dies a fiery death. Søren is the better choice in my mind as he allows Theo to be who she is and make her own mistakes where as I felt as if Blaze, who has been in and out of Theo’s life since they were children, treated her as nothing more than a prize to be one. Sebastian was also rather good at fleshing out ‘minor characters’ through out her novel. I use this term loosely because I’m sure the Kaiser, Theyn, and his daughter Crescentia are all going to become power players in future novels. Crescentia in particular is a character to watch, in my opinion, as the events that happened to her in Ash Princess are going to hold serious consequences for Theodosia and her comrades if I’m right in where the plot is going.

Overall Rating: 4 out of 5 stars. 

Purchase Links

Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Indigo

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And those are my thoughts on Ash Princess (Ash Princess Trilogy #1) by Laura Sebastian. Have any YA fantasy recommendations? Leave your recommendation below and help my TBR grow.

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