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.
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ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review
Yes, as so many other reviews have said, this book gives me a lot of vibes from others BUT it does it better! In my opinion, the characters are better here. The plot is the same old, girl is queen but pulled away from kingdom and you can guess the rest. It's a lot like other YA fantasies but I liked it better. A lot of people are comparing it to Red Queen.... which to be honest, I wasn't the biggest fan of and I heard the series goes downhill so...
There is a kinda love triangle in this book and while I know most people are so sick of those that it's not funny, I'm not. I still love them and probably always will. The writing is solid, the world building is great, and the dialogue is fluid. So I find myself in eager anticipation for the next one!