Books | Young Adult Fiction / Fantasy / Epic
The first book in the New York Times bestselling series "made for fans of Victoria Aveyard and Sabaa Tahir" (Bustle), Ash Princess is an epic new fantasy about a throne cruelly stolen and a girl who must fight to take it back for her people.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."Sure to be one of the summer's most talked about YAs. . . . A darkly enchanting page-turner you won't be able to put down."-Bustle
Random House Children's Books
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"3.5 - <br/><br/>This was a complicated book. It didn’t really have a happily ever after. The resolution was very “meh” and not the best I’ve read. <br/><br/>The story was good. It didn’t make me think about it afterwards like other books I’ve read in this same genre, which is disappointing. It’s very similar to other books about rebellions and magic and girls being epic who also seduces men and etc. If you’re a fan of those tropes, this probably will be for you!<br/><br/>I honestly hated and still kinda do hate the MC. She is so selfish and manipulative. Arghhh. <br/><br/>The only thing that I appreciated a ton and found original was the sadness and depression of one character after a certain sequence of events happened. It seemed real but brushed over. <br/><br/>Meh. Good but there were a lot of eye rolls.<br/><br/>**** Spoiler ****<br/>Look at these sentences, “I see bits and pieces of my mother staring back at me, but twisted with hate and fury... I’m not sorry for it. I am angry. I am hungry.” (Page 344) Hungry... for what? Food? That’s what I thought when it said hungry. What a weird word choice. <br/>**** End of spoiler ****"
"This princess is filled with hope and strength, and the next moment is filled with doubt as she is trying to avenage her country, kingdom, and nobles. However, the princess Theodosia endures brutality from the rival empire, and it is hard to read. 😔 I couldn't finish the book because I didn't want to keep reading about the lashings she had experienced. 1/10"
"It’s got all I love in a YA fantasy, love triangle, close girl best friend, magic, and the main character being destined for greatness. However I’m hoping that it gets better in the next books. The love triangle is a bit messy and not really solid. The magic is very minimal and it seems the author is edging the reader with the main character not being able to participate in the magic even though she eludes that she could. It’s been a bit predictable but that expected and not necessarily a bad thing, the only surprise was the little detail at the end. "
"Is this a standard YA fantasy novel? Yes. Did I still enjoy it? Also yes. The moral complexity made this interesting to read. There was enough action in each chapter to keep me hooked. The only thing I didn’t like was that the romance seemed to fall short. The “love triangle” felt half-hearted. I’m still going to read the sequel, though."