I really loved this book! The protagonist seemed a lot more "real" because of her reluctance to cause bloodshed and because she knows there may not be a happy ending to her story. I also really liked the magical items that influenced the plot. The crystals that give you power when you have them on your person? That's awesome. A good fantasy read with plenty of backstabbing, plot twists, and a main character who can hold her own but isn't always in the limelight.
Young reviewer Frannie
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AN INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER "Made for fans of Victoria Aveyard and Sabaa Tahir" (Bustle), Ash Princess is an epic new fantasy about a throne cruelly stolen and a girl who must fight to take it back for her people.
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 crowned Ash Princess--a title of shame to bear in her new life as a prisoner.
For ten years Theo has been a captive in her own palace. She's endured the relentless abuse and ridicule of the Kaiser and his court. She is powerless, surviving in her new world only by burying the girl she was deep inside.
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. But she does have a weapon: her mind is sharper than any sword. And power isn't always won on the battlefield.
For ten years, the Ash Princess has seen her land pillaged and her people enslaved. That all ends here.
"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