Title: Ash Princess (Ash Princess Trilogy #1)
Author: Laura Sebastian
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publication Date: April 24th, 2018
“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.” (Goodreads)
I’ve been wanting to read this one for awhile because the cover is amazing! I was really hoping to love this one as most of the reviews I have seen rave about it. Unfortunately, it was good but it was just missing something for me.
When it came to the characters, I didn’t really feel a connection to any and didn’t care much for their stories. Theo’s personality was very wishy washy. She would be weak and mild one second and then would be cunning and “no cares given” the next. I understand that people change through different situations but it felt unrealistic when it just happened with little growth. Maybe this is just me? I don’t know, ha.
The plot is one that has been done before. Princess loses kingdom and plots a rebellion to get it back. In ways it reminded me of Roar. Probably because of the magical stones they would use in this one. The magical system was fine but not a big part of the overall book. Maybe there will be more in the next book.
There of course are relationships. This one specifically has a love triangle going on. Usually I am down for them but since I didn’t care for the characters it was just meh.
I was at least surprised by a few of the plot twists. With the last one before the end of the book, I may pick up the second but I’m not sure. I don’t know if I want to continue reading about the characters.
Overall, it was a fine read. If I would have liked the characters more it definitely would have been different.