Ash Princess 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.
So I finished Ash Princess in about a day. I loved it so much. The story of Theo was good. the reason why she doesn’t stand up for her people, yet she still has such strong feelings against the King and his people. She hates having to do what she does because she is surviving, something she repeatedly tells her self. She tries to be what they want her to be and still true to herself.
When she decides she is done being a coward and not standing up for her people the turn around in her attitude is not immediate she still doubts herself and if she is able to do it. Can she stand up against this wicked king who killed her mother? Kill the man who killed her mother? Take back her land and her kingdom? All with seemingly little support and few people to stand behind her. Most of which she is doing in secret.
Theo’s journey through coming to terms with her role and embracing it slowly is a wonderful quality to the book, not having the hero immediately accept what they are supposed to do and do it with little to no thought on how it will happen. Seeing her deal with her emotions and bearing the pain that she is put through at being laughed at and ridiculed by the people who stole her kingdom and murdered her people. Yet these people are the people she has known since she was young, for over half her life. The people took her home but raised her, not letting her forget it.
I loved going on this journey with Theo, feeling her emotions as I feel my own. Knowing the hard decisions that she had to make and knowing why she had to make them and what that will mean for her and her journey through the rest of the series. I cannot wait to read the rest of it and travel with Theo on her journey through getting her kingdom back and freeing her people.
I recommend Ash Princess to anyone with a sense of adventure who is not afraid of bloodshed and death of betrayal and unexpected kindness. Figuring out who you are and who to trust and respect and how to get it and earn it in return, proving to oneself and others that you can be trusted to make the right decision.