Arc Review – Ash Princess by Laura Sebastian

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June 14, 2018 by ceresbooksworld


Ash Princess by Laura Sebastian

Book one in Ash Princess Trilogy

Publisher: Delacorte Press

Publication Date: June 14th, 2018

Source: eArc from the publisher

Rating: 4 hearts




The queen you were meant to be
The land you were meant to save
The throne you were meant to claim

Theodosia was six when her country was invaded and her mother, the Fire Queen, was murdered before her eyes. Ten years later, Theo has learned to survive under the relentless abuse of the Kaiser and his court as the ridiculed Ash Princess.

When the Kaiser forces her to execute her last hope of rescue, Theo can’t ignore her feelings and memories any longer. She vows revenge, throwing herself into a plot to seduce and murder the Kaiser’s warrior son with the help of a group of magically gifted and volatile rebels. But Theo doesn’t expect to develop feelings for the Prinz.

Forced to make impossible choices and unable to trust even those who are on her side, Theo will have to decide how far she’s willing to go to save her people and how much of herself she’s willing to sacrifice to become Queen.

From author Laura Sebastian comes Ash Princess, a nail-biting YA fantasy debut full of daring and vengeance.


Ash Princess tells us the story of Princess Theodosia, her mother was killed when she was 6 years old right before her eyes. Her country is now under the control of The Kaiser, a horrible and merciless man who keeps Theo under his control. What we need to know is that the Astrians, the people of Theo, use the magical power of gems, which the Kalovaxians are unable to do.

Theo is therefore forbidden to approach or use gems, she obeys the Kaiser and above all she is frightened. Every time Astrian rebels gain ground, Theo is whipped in the public square. When the Kaiser forces her to kill her mother’s dear friend, Theo decides that she must take her life back in her hands and save her people. She will be helped by Blaise, her childhood friend who found her.

I liked this story, the Kaiser is a man who doesn’t hesitate to kill to keep power, and he likes to rule by fear over his people. He doesn’t realize that his son, Soren, is loved by the people and that if one day there is a choice to be made, it will be quickly made for the people. I have no words to describe the Kaiser, I can’t even say I think he’s smart since he’s not; he’s just mean for fun.

I like Theodosia very much, she’s young and naive, certainly, but she recovers and above all she learns quickly. She doesn’t necessarily want to be queen but she knows that she must save her people despite everything. She has some tough choices to make and I really wouldn’t want to be in her shoes. Still, she’s doing pretty well, getting more or less what she wants.

I’m not going to dwell on Theo’s romantic relationship because right now she doesn’t know where she’s going. To get what she wants she charms Soren, but as you can imagine, not everything happens as she would like it. Moreover, Blaise gets closer to her and she knows him, he is a charming boy, attentive, who underwent horrible things in the mines. Anyway, you see the love triangle.

Laura Sebastian to create a rich and interesting universe, the characters are intelligent, curious, fighting. Her style is poetic and frankly once you are taken by history you can no longer let go of the book.

Quick word: An exciting adventure that has made me cry more than once.


Ash Princess nous raconte l’histoire de la princesse Theodosia, sa mère a été tuée lorsqu’elle avait 6 ans juste sous ses yeux. Son pays est désormais sous le contrôle du Kaiser, un homme horrible et sans pitié qui garde Theo sous sa coupe. Ce qu’il faut savoir c’est que les Astrians, le peuple de Theo, utilise le pouvoir magique des gemmes, ce que sont incapables de faire les Kalovaxians.

Theo a donc interdiction de s’approcher des gemmes ou d’en utiliser, elle obéit au Kaiser et surtout elle est effrayée. A chaque fois que des rebelles Astrian gagnent du terrain, Theo est fouettée sur la place publique. Lorsque le Kaiser la force à tuer un ami cher de sa mère, Theo décide qu’elle doit reprendre sa vie en main et sauver son peuple. Elle va être aidé par Blaise, son ami d’enfance qui l’a retrouvée.

J’ai bien aimé cette histoire, le Kaiser est un homme qui n’hésite pas à tuer pour garder le pouvoir, il aime régner par la peur sur son peuple. Il ne se rend pas compte que son fils, Soren, est aimé par le peuple et que si un jour il devait y avoir un choix à faire, ce dernier sera vite fait. Je n’ai pas de mots pour décrire le Kaiser, je ne peux même pas dire que je le trouve intelligent puisque ce n’est pas le cas, il est juste méchant pour le plaisir.

J’aime beaucoup Theodosia, elle est jeune et naïve, certes mais elle se reprend et surtout elle apprend vite. Elle ne veut pas nécessairement être reine mais elle sait qu’elle doit sauver son peuple malgré tout. Elle doit faire des choix difficiles et je n’aimerais franchement pas être à sa place. Malgré tout, elle s’en sort plutôt bien, elle arrive à obtenir plus ou moins ce qu’elle veut.

Je ne vais pas m’étendre sur la relation amoureuse de Theo parce que pour l’instant elle ne sait pas trop où elle va. Pour obtenir ce qu’elle veut elle charme Soren, mais comme vous vous en doutez, tout ne se passe pas comme elle l’aimerait. De plus, Blaise se rapproche d’elle et elle le connait, c’est un garçon charmant, attentionné, qui a subi des choses horribles dans les mines. Enfin bref, vous voyez le triangle amoureux.

Laura Sebastian à créer un univers riche et intéressant, les personnages sont intelligents, curieux, combattifs. Son style est poétique et franchement une fois que vous êtes pris par l’histoire vous ne pouvez plus lachez le livre.

En bref : Une aventure passionnante qui m’a fait pleurer plus d’une fois.

About the author

Laura Sebastian was born and raised in South Florida (the Redlands and Key Largo) and has always loved telling stories–many apologies to her little brother who often got in trouble because of them. No copies of her first book, a Cinderella retelling about angels circa 2nd grade, remain. Thankfully.

After getting her BFA from Savannah College of Art and Design, she moved to New York City thinking that she would stay for a couple of years before going somewhere better suited for a small-town, sun-loving girl. Five years later, she’s still here and madly in love with it.

When Laura isn’t writing, she’s probably reading, baking cookies or cupcakes, buying more clothes than her overstuffed closet can fit, or forcing her lazy dog Neville to take a walk.

Her debut ASH PRINCESS, the start of a YA fantasy trilogy, will be out April  24th, 2018 from Delacorte (Random House).





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