Book Series Review : Ash Princess Trilogy by Laura Sebastian

I’m just excited to start this series!

It has been on my TBR for quite some time now and I’m waiting for the perfect moment to read this since I have high anticipation with the series!


1. Ash Princess (Ash Princess, #1) by Laura Sebastian

Genre : Fantasy, Young Adult
Page : 432 pages
Published : 24th April 2018

— Blurb —

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.

— Mini Review —

“I was a princess made of ashes; there is nothing left of me to burn.”

I love the book right after I read the first line. It promised something bold and brave in the near future. Like any other first instalment in a series, the story was more to explain to readers about this promising premises while making sure the story is intact. Despite the mundane and common concept of a forgotten queen who vows to take her kingdom back and somehow getting involved with the prince, this story is exhilarating fun!

I couldn’t put the book down! Mind you, this is a 432 pages book and I finished it in one day! Another thing I really love about this book is how it managed to write a perfect plot in which the queen has lost all hope and is in fact, a powerless queen. I love how it introduced us a broken queen who somehow managed to light a flicker inside her to start to rebel.

All I could say is this book is a good start for the trilogy!

“Now it’s time for a queen to rise.”


2. Lady Smoke (Ash Princess, #2) by Laura Sebastian

Genre : Fantasy, Young Adult
Page : 512 pages
Published : 5th February 2019

— Blurb —

The Kaiser murdered Theodosia’s mother, the Fire Queen, when Theo was only six. He took Theo’s country and kept her prisoner, crowning her Ash Princess–a pet to toy with and humiliate for ten long years. That era has ended. The Kaiser thought his prisoner weak and defenseless. He didn’t realize that a sharp mind is the deadliest weapon.

Theo no longer wears a crown of ashes. She has taken back her rightful title, and a hostage–Prinz Soren. But her people remain enslaved under the Kaiser’s rule, and now she is thousands of miles away from them and her throne.

To get them back, she will need an army. Only, securing an army means she must trust her aunt, the dreaded pirate Dragonsbane. And according to Dragonsbane, an army can only be produced if Theo takes a husband. Something an Astrean Queen has never done.

Theo knows that freedom comes at a price, but she is determined to find a way to save her country without losing herself.

— Mini Review —

“A queen without a crown, without a throne, without a coronation. What, exactly, do you imagine you’re queen of?”

Another high pace book in the series!

Continuing the journey right after the end of Ash Princess, this book is once again hard to put down and by all means, I have higher anticipation and I am pumped up to read more!!

In this particular book, we will read more about the journey to rise in power. With that being said, it’s much more politics, much more strategy and yes, it involves a lot of characters.

However, I think this book waste too much on the strategy part? and in my opinion, it’s much more discussing rather than action. It made an interesting plot and development compare to the first book and it sure does progress a lot than before but I would love to read more action in the book.

“Hope is contagious. When you have enough it spreads naturally.”


3. Ember Queen (Ash Princess, #3) by Laura Sebastian

Genre : Fantasy, Young Adult
Page : 512 pages
Published : 4th February 2020

— Blurb —

Princess Theodosia was a prisoner in her own country for a decade. Renamed the Ash Princess, she endured relentless abuse and ridicule from the Kaiser and his court. But though she wore a crown of ashes, there is fire in Theo’s blood. As the rightful heir to the Astrean crown, it runs in her veins. And if she learned nothing else from her mother, she learned that a Queen never cowers.

Now free, with a misfit army of rebels to back her, Theo must liberate her enslaved people and face a terrifying new enemy: the new Kaiserin. Imbued with a magic no one understands, the Kaiserin is determined to burn down anyone and everything in her way.

The Kaiserin’s strange power is growing stronger, and with Prinz Søren as her hostage, there is more at stake than ever. Theo must learn to embrace her own power if she has any hope of standing against the girl she once called her heart’s sister.

— Mini Review —

“There’s no shame in breaking…You just have to put yourself back together again.”

Okay. I love this book.

And due to the ending in the second book, I couldn’t help but to hurriedly read it. Another exciting thing about this book is as a reader, I enjoy the tremendous growth the queen achieved in this last book. I could feel her power and really see her developed not only as a character, but also as a deserving queen.

I expect much action in this book but I might have to say it’s kind of lacking? It has an enthralling action part but I find it too short for a rebellion series and as much as I love the ending, I think it needs much more action for a deserving finale. Also, I am not suggesting this book is predictable at all but I think it’s kinda obvious? I couldn’t predict what’ll come up next but I know how is this going to end.

Still, I finished the book in two days. Highly enjoyable read!

“I remember how my mother had no shame in crying when it was necessary. She never saw it as a weakness; rather, she believed it a strength to bear one’s soul.”


OVERALL ADVENTURE

Quite a lot of adventure that leads one occurrence to another but I do think it focused too much on planning and discussing. There are a lot of exciting things happening in the book that could even made my stomach sink since I do not want anything bad happened to my favourite characters!

But despite all those exciting experience, I would love to see much more actual action and longer fighting scenes that do not resulted in too obvious end. Also, I could feel that the queen’s are brimming with power but I hope that those aspect are being explored more, included in the fight more. However, I highly enjoy this series!

Despite all the obvious end and too much converse, I did not know why I couldn’t stop reading. I stay up all night to read this series! There might be some part that made me go like: “Oh c’mon. Not this again, action please.” But again, again and again I assure you, I keep on reading with such a high enthusiast!


THE CHARACTERS

First look, all the characters have such a strong presence. The good characters are brimming with hope and the bad characters are all awfully wicked in their own way. Moving on with the story, I love to read all these characters growth.

Also, I love how they’re all unique in their own way. Not to mention, the complicated relation between the good and wicked characters are very interesting and exciting to read.

Do not forget the team chemistry! I love to see how the team grows with their lack of trust issues into one bonding and caring team. This team is another reason that made this book worth the read. There are even some characters I happen to love more than the main character!


THE RELATIONSHIP

Rather than romance, I think it’s suited more under relationship category because there are lots of interesting relationship in the book! Aside from the main character’s love line, there are still a lot of relationship you could expect.

Also, I love how romance is not the main aspect in the book. However, I personally think there might be some relationship I probably found it to be too.. complicated for my liking. To be specific, I don’t really support how the book try to made the love triangle work. Because rather than enticing readers, the way it was being presented left off the impression of “using others to gain personal benefit” and by this, it do not make the story appealing or interesting but it does made the characters look bad. And for some, pity.


Personally, I am quite satisfied with the book even though it is clear that it might be flawed in some parts. To any of you who are looking for a reading distraction, I highly suggest this series!

Author: Celine

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