I have been so excited to read this book. I’m bummed that it took me so long to get to it, but I’m incredibly glad that I have read it (and already have the second)!
Ash Princess is about Thora, a young woman whose country has been conquered by the Kalovaxians. The Kalovaxians are known for their conquering; before they took Astrea, they took and used up another country. Now, with all Astreans in chains, Thora is approached to take her rightful place as queen, and lead a revolt.
Thora is in a unique place, because she was princess of Astrea. 10 years ago, her mother was killed, and since then, she has been a whipping child for the Kaiser. Whenever there is an Astrean revolt, or something doesn’t go his way, he brings Thora into a public square and has her whipped. The goal is to remind everyone that he rules Astrea, no matter what the slaves do, and to punish her for being Astrean.
When Thora is approached with the possibility of changing things, she agrees. There is so much to be done, and sacrifices to be made. But she is ready to try, and to become the Queen that she was born to be.
I loved this book, and at first thought it was a standalone. Instead, it is part of a trilogy, the second book came out earlier this year. I was so in love with this book that 100 pages in I ordered a copy of the second book, and it was at my apartment by the time I finished the first. I am definitely upset that I have to wait for the final book, but some things are worth waiting for.
I felt some serious Aida vibes while reading Ash Princess, and if you’re only familiar with one of these stories, I encourage you to read the other. There are obvious differences between the two, and different plans for the men, but it was a neat thing to see the similarities.
The long of the short of this is that I absolutely adored it. I highly suggest checking it out if you love rebellion stories, but you do need to know that there is whipping discussed along with some other possible triggers. Even with the disturbing parts, I really loved the way that this story was told. The sequel, Lady Smoke, is already out, but the third and final book is slotted to come out next year, so I’m going to try to wait a couple months before reading the second. If you’re ready to embark on an incredible journey with Theodosia and I, you can pick up a copy of Ash Princess on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or wherever you buy your books. Happy reading!
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