The following is a honest review of Ash Princess by Laura Sebastian and my suggested age rating.
When Theodosia was six she watched her life burst into flames. The Kaiser came and took everything she loved, he murdered her mother the Fire Queen, took her land and her name. From that day forward Theodosia was known only as the Ash Princess, a title to showcase her life as a prisoner. Theo has now been under the Kaiser’s thumb for ten miserable years. She’s been abused, mocked, and belittled. She is powerless and doing whatever it takes to survive. One treacherous night the Kaiser makes Theo do the unthinkable and unbearable. After finishing this painful act she realizes that no longer can she just “survive” it is time to take back what is rightfully hers.
This was my first fantasy book in awhile and I’m so glad I decided to pick it up! This is a single POV story that follows our strong female lead Theodosia. We see Theo grow so much not only as a person, but she also quickly learns what it takes to be a good leader.
Ash Princess also contains a fascinating world with magic, politics, and passion. In the first book we don’t get to explore the other countries as much but in the second novel you will. This was also my first Laura Sebastian novel. It had the perfect balance of description and dialogue. I have read the second book in this series Lady Smoke as well and am eager to pick up the third and final installment Ember Queen.
There is some romance in this book but it isn’t the main focus which I appreciate especially in a first book in a series. It shows what Theodosia’s priorities are and her strong character.
I gave this book a 4/5 stars on Goodreads.
Suggested Age Rating for Ash Princess
This book has the little to no lanuguage, violence, abuse, some romance, and no sexual content. For that reason I would say anyone ages 13+ could read this but the abuse may be triggering for some.
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