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Lady Smoke by Laura Sebastian Book Review


Lady Smoke is the sequel to Ash Princess, you can read that full review here. I absolutely love this book! Theodosia is throw into a world she has only read about so let’s dive in!

I rate this book 4 stars


The Kaiser murdered Theodosia’s mother, the Fire Queen, when Theo was only six. He took Theo’s country and kept her prisoner, crowning her Ash Princess–a pet to toy with and humiliate for ten long years. That era has ended. The Kaiser thought his prisoner weak and defenseless. He didn’t realize that a sharp mind is the deadliest weapon.

Theo no longer wears a crown of ashes. She has taken back her rightful title, and a hostage–Prinz Soren. But her people remain enslaved under the Kaiser’s rule, and now she is thousands of miles away from them and her throne.

To get them back, she will need an army. Only, securing an army means she must trust her aunt, the dreaded pirate Dragonsbane. And according to Dragonsbane, an army can only be produced if Theo takes a husband. Something an Astrean Queen has never done.

Theo knows that freedom comes at a price, but she is determined to find a way to save her country without losing herself.

This book has everything the first one was missing.

Chapter Titles

I love, LOVE how Laura Sebastian integrated the chapter titles into each chapter. I feel like over the years, chapter titles where no longer popular. Tiny clues were replaced with numbers at the beginning of each chapter. However, Lady Smoke made me realize how much I missed chapter titles!


The majority of this novel takes place in Sta’Creveros. I realized what I missed from the first novel was the descriptions. However, I realize now that we were seeing the events through Theo’s eyes, in Ash Princess all she knows is the castle and the throne room where she is tortured. In Lady Smoke, she is free and gets the chance to explore the world.

The descriptions in this book are great! I love the gaudy, over-the-top colours of Sta’Creveros because it contrasts Theo’s home so much.


The story is always moving. Do you enjoy plot or character driven books? I personally am plot driven but also need a character to believe in. I find the books that I am frantically turning the pages for, is when the plot is so intense I need to know what happens.

Lady Smoke is just that. The plot is twisting and turning and you honestly can’t predict what happens next.

The entire time I am rooting for Theo and her crew to figure out a solution.

Have you read Lady Smoke?

And even better, Ember Queen – the conclusion to the Ash Princess Trilogy came out on February 4th 2020. I already picked up my copy because I need to know how the trilogy ends.

Happy reading all!

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