Ash Princess (Ash Princess, #1)
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
Everything comes crashing through her walls when she is forced to kill an Astrean prisoner who meant something to her before the siege. She begins to plot a revolt that will take down the Kaiser and the Kalovaxians, who have enslaved and killed her people. The path she walks is not easy, and she will find herself challenged by the feelings she has for the Prinz who she uses and the "friends" she has made.
What I loved: This book is completely engrossing. Much of it takes place inside Theo's head, but it's really like slipping into someone's life and mind. The pacing is absolutely perfect to keep the reader hooked. I loved the characters and the conflicts, and the way the book completely sucks you in to this other world. The world-building here is completely lush and fully developed.
Final verdict: Engaging, atmospheric, and fantastically well written, ASH PRINCESS is a wonderful read that hooks readers right from the start. Highly recommend for fans of THE SELECTION, FROSTBLOOD, and/or THE REMNANT CHRONICLES.