‘Ash Princess’ is YA high fantasy with traces of elemental magic and no love triangle. Sure, there are two age-appropriate characters who occasionally steal a kiss with the Ash Princess, but there’s no direct competition and she is not conflicted between them.
Our protagonist and narrator, Princess Theodosia, has suffered through much. As a child, she was helpless when a brutal regime conquered her kingdom and forced her people into slavery; those who weren’t out-right slaughtered, like her mother, the former queen. Theo, renamed by the evil king as Thora, copes fairly well for all she has suffered through, even if her thoughts grew repetitive as the story progressed. Readers are privy to her thoughts and we see much of, “’Keep the Kaiser happy and he will keep you safe.’”
When this brutal leader forces her hand and keeping him happy no longer ensures her safety, Theo joins the rebels in a plot to disrupt the Kaiser’s reign. There’s a prince, a forbidden romance, and court intrigue. All in all, an enjoyable read. Looking forward to the next entry in this series!
‘Ash Princess’ will be available from booksellers on April 24, 2018.
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