ARC Review: Ash Princess (Ash Princess Trilogy #1) by Laura Sebastian

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.

Disclaimer: I was provided with an ARC by PanMacmillan India in exchange for an honest review. However, all the thoughts, feelings and opinions expressed in this review are my own.

I usually end up reading different genres between two different YA Fantasies – mostly cause on the surface of it; almost all the books in Fantasy genre end up having the same plot line – a heroine who has been denied her birthright, trying to reclaim her rightful throne from an evil oppressor and almost always a love triangle (why is it always a love triangle?? *rolls eyes*).

Ash Princess ends up ticking all the points in the above checklist to become a cliché YA Fantasy start to a series/trilogy – but where it differs is in the way the it is written – it is not compelling, yes but it is intriguing with the information dump in the first few chapters, high on violence, misery, jealousy and physical abuse being the highlight of this book!

The plot summary is unnecessary; mostly cause it is quite easily discernible in the blurb itself – but it’s the writing style that keeps the plot going smoothly and the readers interested right till the end.

Just a warning – there is graphic violence, racial undertones and mentions of rape that makes this read quite grim and at times forbidding. Yet it was also a pleasurable read; I just couldn’t keep the book down, even through the realities of the world. Though I have to say, this could be because I have not read a YA Fantasy book in quite a long time before this.

I went into the book thinking (& believing) that Ash Princess is a standalone book; but it is not. It’s the start to a trilogy – a solid start; which makes me quite excited for the next book in this trilogy!


⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐



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