Regaining the throne will not be easy ...


When she was six, the Kaiser invaded her country, killing her mother, the Queen of Peace, and took her family's land and name. For 10 years, Theodosia Eirene Houzzara has worn the title "Ash Princess" as a sign that she is a prisoner in the Kaiser's realm. She has watched her country's destruction and suffered abuse at the Kaiser's hand. With no help or hope, she has given up and just stays focused on getting through each day alive.

When the Kaiser forces her to do the unthinkable, something snaps. Now all of her energy is focused on revenge. She must rely on the help of a group of rebels, but as she moves deeper into her plan, things get complicated, and she does not know whom to trust. With her new mindset she must decide: is her kingdom important enough for her to die trying to reclaim it?

Teen Student Volunteer (16):
I enjoyed Ash Princess a lot. It is a very exciting and thrilling book that catches reader's attention from the beginning. The characters in particular are interesting and written with depth. They grow throughout the book which, as a reader, is very rewarding. The introduction to all the magic and background is kind of confusing at first but as you read the book, it explains itself.

Readers will really enjoy the character of Theodosia as she starts off as an afraid girl and slowly becomes the queen she was meant to be. The romantic conflicts between some of the characters is also very interesting as well, and makes the book very interesting. The central conflict is also built up very well, with a realistic climax that makes sense, but provides some mystery. This book also sets up nicely for the next book, which is very important for any first book in a series.

Ash Princess an action-packed fantasy with a touch of romance and I'd recommend it for teens.

Reader Enjoyment Factors:

Lots of action, engaging characters, and some unexpected events make this a thrilling adventure for fantasy lovers.

Content Awareness Factors:

Violence in the plot. There is a lot of violence, from killing, torturing, and other forms of violence. There is also romance between some characters, and poison and drugs are used in this book.

Type of Book:
This is the first book in a fantasy series that features a dethroned princess.
Educational Themes:

The theme of perseverance is very clearly shown in Theodosia as once she tries to take her kingdom back she does not give up.

Reading Level:
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
15 and Up
Recommended Age To Read Together:
15 and Up
Age of child:
Teen student volunteer, reviewer age: 16
Purchase Recommendation:
Buy, because it is an amazing adventure. Readers who plan to read the whole series, should definitely buy this book.

Title Ash Princess

Ash Princess, Book 1

Author Laura Sebastian
Publisher Delacorte Books for Young Readers © 2018
ISBN 9780375978395
Material Hard Cover
Cost $18.99
Genres Fantasy, Romance
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