- Series: Ash Princess (Book 3)
- Hardcover: 480 pages
- Publisher: Delacorte Press (February 4, 2020)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 152476714X
- ISBN-13: 978-1524767143
- Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 1.5 x 8.6 inches
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Ember Queen (Ash Princess) Hardcover – February 4, 2020
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Praise for the New York Times bestselling Ash Princess series:
“Sure to be one of the summer's most talked about YAs. . . . A darkly enchanting page-turner you won't be able to put down.” –Bustle
“Tense and imaginative, this story of a diminished yet vengeful princess inciting a rebellion to recapture her rightful place of power strikes a timely chord. Ash Princess is a smart, feminist twist on a traditional tale of a fallen heroine, with plenty of court intrigue, love, and lies to sweeten the deal. Good luck putting this one down.” —Virginia Boecker, author of The Witch Hunter series
“The story leaps and twists like a swordswoman, and its blade carves the characters anew and divides them against themselves. This searing page-turner is a compelling examination of the complexities of both evil and resistance.”—Sarah Porter, author of Vassa in the Night
"Laura Sebastian has created a dark and spellbinding epic in Ash Princess. Brace yourself, because Theodosia Houzzara—wounded, driven, and deadly—is going to carve out a place for herself in your heart." —Sara Holland, New York Times bestselling author of Everless
"An emotionally complex, breathtakingly suspenseful series starter."-Booklist
"For fantasy fans, especially those who enjoy strong female protagonists, this book will be an easy sell. Theo is tough, honorable, and relatable in her emotions [and] Sebastian has built a beautiful and complex world."-VOYA
"A rebel queen fans the sparks of revolution...[and] Theo's first-person narration remains enthralling with emotional immediacy...[while] packed to the brim with intrigue."-Kirkus Reviews
"Through unexpected allies and daring escape plans, [Theodosia's] trip from downtrodden princess to queen is an engaging one that fantasy fans will enjoy...[as well as] fans of The Selection series by Kiera Cass and The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins."-SLJ
"[Ash Princess] provides a window into the complexities of human interaction and emotion, familial tensions, and the false public face that is sometimes required in politics and at court...culminating in a climactic ending ripe for a sequel."-Publishers Weekly
"Sebastian brings interest to Theodosia’s character through her internal battle...and the threats she must navigate provide nail-biting tension....Readers will want to follow her into the coming revolution in a promised sequel."-Bulletin
About the Author
Laura Sebastian grew up in South Florida and attended Savannah College of Art and Design. She now lives and writes in New York City. Laura is the author of the New York Times bestselling Ash Princess series: Ash Princess, Lady Smoke and Ember Queen. To learn more about Laura and her book, follow @sebastian_lk on Twitter.
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Two points that make this book wonderfuls is 1) the brilliantly conceived battle and political strategies from the other two books shine here as well. The author achieves the same sort of Game of Thrones suspense that has you guessing until the last minute how each maneuver by the rebels will fail or succeed. And just when you think that all hope is lost, another brilliant turn of events changes everything. No TSTL characters here. And 2) the amazing character development means that every major and minor character is different and interesting. The authors builds a variety of different, complex backstories that explain and shape the various complicated relationships. We see the beauty and complexity of mother/daughters, of friends, siblings, parents, allies, slaves or people who survive abuse and adversity. All of it unique, none of it obvious or overly simple. Anyone who says that this book is like any other trilogy out there and doesn't offer anything new and special, just isn't paying attention.
The author spends a book and a half convincing us Cress is the worst villain ever, but then when our heroine has a chance to kill her and end the war, saving thousands of lives, she decides Cress will just be replaced with someone worse than her. Who? Who is worse than Cress?
The whole series seemed to drag on and on. In the end, I just wanted it to be over, without much care for who won the war.
Theo's relationship with those around her really blossoms in this book. Soren -- a Kalovaxian prince who dedicates himself to absolving his sins in her name. Blaise -- an old friend from childhood who holds more power than anyone should; a power that drives him to the edge over and over again. Artemesia -- a sassy and strong Water Guardian who happens to be Theo's cousin. Heron -- the steady and steadfast Air Guardian with a heart bigger than anyone else... The cast of characters goes on and on, but at the core, these are Theo's closest friends and trusted allies. The complexity of their relationship is outstanding.
The book wasn't pulse-pounding or action-packed, but it definitely had its moments to shine bright. Is it worth the read? Absolutely, especially if you are already two books deep in the series. Was it a page-turner? Not nearly as much as the second book, Lady Smoke, which is why I only give it 4 stars. But I still enjoyed the ride.
Throughout the series, I felt too much time was spent on dialogue that reflected self doubt.
I am an adult reader, but usually enjoy a good young adult story. I found this trilogy to be a little to repetitive and less mature than many other young adult stories I read. This series, while enjoyable, does not meet the quality of a Sarah J Maas story.
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Após passar duas semanas perdida na mina de fogo, Blaise, Artemisia e Heron encontram uma Theodosia enfraquecida que descobre, logo quando acorda, que seu objetivo de aumentar seus poderes foi alcançado, e, a partir daí, começa a traçar os planos e estratégias para chegar até a capital e derrotar Cress.
Sem a experiência de Soren nas batalhas, a proximidade de Blaise e o apoio de Erik, Theo, mais do que nunca, toma as rédeas do destino de Astrea em suas mãos e vai criando um caminho para que, mesmo com as desvantagens e os números menores, consiga finalmente retomar seu trono.
É um enredo que começa lento e vai ficando mais interessante, conforme as batalhas vão se desenrolando, difíceis decisões são tomadas, sacrifícios e renúncias são feitos, culminando no ápice da história que é a disputa frente a frente de Theo e Cress, que reserva ao leitor algumas surpresas, uma perda inimaginável e muitas emoções.
Apesar de algumas similaridades da série com a distopia Rainha Vermelha, a autora conseguiu criar um mundo próprio com uma heroína resiliente e que luta com unhas e dentes pelo seu povo, amizades leais, um triângulo amoroso que não é o centro de tudo e uma vilã que não é somente vilã, espelhando um pouco dos desafios da vida real e dos sentimentos que todos os humanos possuem dentro de si. Muito envolvente. Um ótimo final!