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Ash Princess

Série : Ash Princess Trilogy, Volume 1
Durée : 13 h et 18 min
4,7 out of 5 stars (3 notations)

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The first book in the New York Times best-selling series

"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 10 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 10 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)

©2018 Laura Sebastian (P)2018 Listening Library

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"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)

"An emotionally complex, breathtakingly suspenseful series starter." (Booklist)

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  • M. Addison
  • 27/06/2018

Not what I expected, but still very good.

I have to start by saying that the idea behind the plot of this book is nothing new... I've read a lot of fantasy/dystopian books similar to this one. There are some fun things that made this one stand out though, and I liked the overall story and it ended in the ways that I predicted all along. The ash crown plays a very interesting part in this book, and the stones/gems that brought magic to the table. Those were some super interesting elements to this story. When I started this book, it was slow moving, the world building was good, but the plot and character development was slow. There was a lot of back story, some necessary and some I could of done without. Our main character is being raised in a semi-prison, watched 100% of the time by these guardians called shadows - even when she sleeps, which I found super odd. I have a mental picture of what her room looked like, and it was a lot like a solitary confinement space in a prison. I immediately was drawn to her mental state and how that was holding up to what she had been through thus far. The book didn't really pick up until about 75% in when our heroine could finally see how her plans might work out - but they were still flimsy ones at that point. By the end, I was hooked, even though I felt that the last few chapters were rushed, they were still full of action. I just wanted more of that earlier on in the book, even in small doses. I feel like it would of developed a lot smoother overall. I found it interesting that we didn't get any definite answers on some questions from the start of the book - but they let you assume the answers. I would of rather of known for sure, mostly about her father. I was also slightly annoyed by the love square we were put through - a second chance romance and a fake romance... I didn't see it necessary to get to the end, but I guess to each their own. The secondary characters stole the show - her shadows and some of the staff were my favorites. I give this book a solid three stars. I liked it enough, I finished it, but I don't think I could get through it again. I'm not sure if I will pick up a sequel. This is also what happened to me after Red Queen. Predictable storyline, and it fell short. I really enjoyed the narrator over all - she did a great job bringing these characters to life.

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  • Jac attack
  • 11/10/2018

Wired background musics is annoying

The story is okay but there is this bizarre background music that they play during narration that is super distracting.

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  • jasmine contreras
  • 04/03/2019

I wanted to like it

for my own experience. i caught my self day dreaming while listening to this. It just didn't hold my attention. the writing wasn't there for me. but I did like the over all plot I just wished it would have sucked me in

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  • Breanne J.
  • 20/03/2019

YA war more than love story

I think the author has great potential in bringing in characters and building them to their potential, and creating a new world. It just seems to drag on and on and on. It’s a love story retold from a different angle. The heroine is strong and resilient, but has she truly developed through her trials as being captive or is she following one set of ideas to another persons set of ideas? It’s not really a love story. It’s a lot of war, a dash of deceit, with a little love.

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  • H. J. Ortiz
  • 03/02/2019

Ash Princess Review

I purchased this book during the crazy and frightening Black Friday sale at Barnes and Nobel. What drew me to it was the interesting cover. I saw it and something about it caught my eye. I saw a troubled throne, a fallen one. And after reading the synopsis, I realized that is exactly what this story is. I did not hesitate in purchasing this novel. This novel reminded me of a series I recently read, the Snow Like Ashes series by Sarah Raasch. As I was reading it, I saw that the struggle this character goes through is similar to Raasch's character. I absolutely loved the Snow Like Ashes series, so as I read more, I fell more and more in love with this story. This story was full of tough decisions, and I just grew anxious to know what the Ash Princess, Theodosia, would do. How would she redeem her family, her thrown, and her people? To me, Ash Princess was a hit! It kept me wanting more and more. The fallen kingdom Sebastian creates and the Ash Princess' fight for her people is riveting and drew me in. I wanted to know what would happen to Theo and to those around her. I wanted to know what she would do. Who does she truly love? That is, if she even has time to think of love with everything that is going on in her life. After years of torture and pain, the Ash Princess grows courage, and I cannot wait to see what is in store for her and her people. I will anxiously await Sebastian's sequel to Ash Princess, Lady Smoke, which is set to release in February 5, 2019. Audible Review: Maarleveld does an magnificent job! Her narration drew me in from the start, and I felt she captivated Sebastian's Ash Princess and her attitude and emotions effectively. I did have to read at more than a 1.5 speed. 1.0 was too slow for me, and was quite dreadful. At 1.25 speed, Maarleveld's narration is about the speed I read, so I enjoyed it at that speed the most. However, I did want to get through it quicker so I read it a faster listening speed. For those of us who like to multitask and listen on the go, I recommend listening at a 1.75 speed, so one does not miss anything. For those who are listening while reading the book, I found 2.0 and 2.5 speed to be the best speeds. 3.0 was too fast for me, and I was missing a lot of what the narrator was saying and had to eventually slow down the narrator's reading speed. 

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  • J. B. James
  • 03/05/2020

Lack of Descriptive Action, But Loads of Conflict

Go to www.creativemyownway.com for more of my reviews. How would you feel if your mother, the Queen, was killed in front of you at the age of six and for the next ten years you find yourself underneath the care of the person who had your mother killed to conquer your people? Oh, and to make matters worse, every infraction committed by your people is levied upon you? Did I forget to mention that your name is also stripped from you? May I introduce you to Princess Theodosia Eirene Houzzara, The Ash Princess. Theodosia, whose name is changed to Thora, is the main character of this story. For ten years, the Kaiser has “hosted” her in his estate. And for ten years, he has paraded her around in front of the other nobles, beating her for the rebellion of her people. That is, until the day Ampellio is captured and she is tortured in a different way, signaling the start of a chain reaction. What I loved about The Ash Princess Trilogy is that you feel every emotion Theo is faced with. She is the rightful Queen of a conquered people and must decide if she will be their Queen, or will she continue to be a puppet princess. This is a series high in mental and emotional conflict and leaves the reader feeling the weight of every decision that needs to be made. There is elemental magic, a love triangle, internal struggles, and all-out war. One thing I really appreciated is that even though this is a LGBTQ inclusive book, it was not forced upon the reader. Truth be told, every relationship in this story is extremely mild. The author leaves it to the reader’s imagination in just about every scenario. What I did not like about this story was how quickly Theodosia developed feelings for one part of her love triangle. It did not make sense based on how Theo’s character was being built. This love interest is critical to the story and so in the grand scheme it is easy to just overlook. The other thing I did not like, in book two Lady of Smoke, Theo is examining potential alliances when several murders take place and before the murders began I was able to identify who it was. Now, this was the only glaringly predictable situation in the story. Lastly, it is not something I do not like rather something I wanted more of, there are several battles and attacks that take place that are woefully undescriptive. I found myself wanting more; however, there is still so much conflict that this would have just made the series better. At the end of the day, every book in this series makes it onto my bookshelf. I enjoyed each book individually, and loved the overall story they told together. This is a great series for young girls looking to develop confidence, and one that I would highly recommend.

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    4 out of 5 stars
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  • Ashley
  • 23/05/2018

the first 60% was very slow

the first 60% was pretty slow but then it picked up which made the book quite enjoyable because there's no half star ratings I'm giving it a 4 but in reality it's really a three and a half. the narrator was fantastic I love some of her other work as well and I will be continuing the series because I'm hoping Book 2 picks up where they left off and it's not as drawn out

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    4 out of 5 stars
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  • Carlson's Cleaning Company LLC
  • 26/02/2020

Great storytelling

Great storytelling, this author develops the characters bringing them to life. The characters will still surprise you.

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    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Laura Berkman
  • 24/02/2020

Amazing!

Finished it in 24 hours. The story was more brutal than I expected but I was hooked from the beginning. I love the character developments as well.

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  • Denise
  • 21/01/2019

Better than the average Fantasy

I was pleasantly surprised by this book. It is not your average Fantasy novel. First of all the characters are not all good or bad. There is some grey area. Theo/Thora witnessed her Queen Mother’s death when she was little, and has been “kept” by her captor, the Kaizoran, and tortured and humiliated for 10 years. She is not behind bars, but lives among the usurpers who look at her with distain. She is whipped for no reason except at the Kaisoran’s whim. She is watched and followed 24/7. And she is befriended by Cresentia, her Mother’s killer’s (the Theyn) daughter. But this friendship has strings. Thora is more Cres’s pet than true friend, and Thora/Theo knows it. How can a girl like this be anything but vengeful and full of hate, AND near hopeless. This colors her dark world and she cannot trust anyone. While listening to the audiobook, I am reminded of 2 other series: The Cruel Prince and The Queen of the Tearling. The story reads much like TCP in scope and story telling, and I loved this series, but the writing is an echo of TQotT, and I loved this series as well. So I have high hopes for Lady Smoke which is soon to be released. So I highly recommend The Ash Princess if you like low fantasy with a little bit of romance and if you loved TCP. I also thought the narrator did a really good job with this book. She was a good fit.

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