Blogmas Day 19: Ash Princess by Laura Sebastian

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

Plot wise this book doesn’t bring anything new to YA Fantasy, but it was entertaining. I was a little disappointed as I was really excited to read this one earlier in the year. The story follows a lot of the same tropes as other books out there, and I was expecting a lot more from the story. But I loved the relationships so I do still think it’s worth reading.

Ash Princess follows Princess Theodosia, who has to watch her mother being brutally murdered and there land taken over by another kingdom at the age of six. The Kaiser the ruler who attacked her kingdom has allowed her to live as a reminder to her people of what power he holds over them. Ten years later she now lives in the palace with the Kaiser and his court. However she is treated poorly and has no freedom, she is followed by three guards who report to The Kaiser. She is also forbidden from talking to any of her people, if she does then she must suffer the punishment.

“My name is Theodosia Eirene Houzzara, Queen of Astrea, and I will endure this.”

Theodosia back is severely scarred from public whippings she last endured as punishment from the Kaiser when he is displeased with her people. The reason the kingdom is taken over is because of the caves. These caves hold gems that allow a person to wield magic, and boost the magic of a person who has an affinity for an element. If too much time is spent in the mines, there is a high chance of going mad.

Her only friend, a girl named Cress. The daughter of the man who killed her mother. Cress also lost her mother at a young age and these two developed a friendship. I loved seeing there friendship change throughout the story.

This book has a clearly defined love triangle. Theodosia is torn between Blaise a childhood friend and first love, and the son of the Kaiser, Soren. I loved both relationships but I’m rooting for Soren!!

“We are not defined by the things we do in order to survive.”

I really did enjoy this book, but I wanted more. Also I didn’t like the fact that the Kaiser and his people were light skinned while Theodosia and her people were colored.

Trigger warning for: talk of racism and slavery. Also graphic violence.

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