I started off a little on the fence about this book. The first fifty pages were not very captivating but the story definitely grows which is why I bumped my rating up.
I rate this book 3.5 stars
Princess. Prisoner. Orphan. Rebel.
Theodosia was six when her country was invaded and her mother, the fire queen, was murdered before her eyes. On that day, the Kaiser took Theodosia’s family, her land, and her name. Theo was crowed the Ash Princess – a title of shame to wear in her own palace.
For ten years, Theo has been a captive in her own palace. Then, one night, the Kaiser forces her to do the unthinkable. With blood on her hands and all hope of reclaiming her throne lost, she realizes, that surviving is no longer enough. And she does have weapon: her mind is sharper than any sword.
For ten years, the Ash Princess has been her land pillaged and her people enslaved. That all ends here. Because power isn’t always won on the battlefield.“
One of my biggest things when it comes to writing is staying consistent with names. Within the first 10 pages we are introduced to a lot of different people and I felt like I didn’t really know who everyone was which left me confused. Especially, with Cress/Crescentia. She is introduced as Cress and a few lines later referred to as Crescentia and I made the connection but I reread to make sure I understood it correctly. Basically, it pulled me out of the story and I didn’t like that.
However, I got over it. Let’s dive in.
This novel is written in first person from Theodosia/ Lady Thora’s point of view. One thing that is done very well in this novel, is the pure loathing for the Kaiser and I hope to heck he gets what is coming to him the next two books!
The entire time I am rooting for Theodosia and hoping that she succeeds in her plans. I won’t go into detail in what those plans entail because I am not a spoil sport.
The magic system in this world is very unique. There are fire, water, earth and air gods who bestow the ability to wield this elements to those who they deem worthy. However, this magic is inside gems that need to be harvested. In Ash Princess we get a small taste of the magic that is used in this world and I am curious to see where it goes in the next novel.
Our main character has three names. Theodosia and Thora being the main ones and Theo being a nickname.
Like I said in the beginning using multiple names can pull a reader out of the scene but not in this case. The different names really worked in developing Theodosia’s character. We understand that she truly was broken by the Kaiser to become Thora, the Ash Princess. As time goes on there is power in a name and that really holds true for Theodosia.
Overall, I did enjoy this book and if you like magic mixed with tragedy and a princess who will do whatever it takes to fight back, then pick this book up!
Have you read Ash Princess? What did you think? Let me know in the comments below!