Princess Theodosia had everything taken from her.
Her mother was murdered on the orders of the Kaiser and she was made to be a puppet subject to the whims and cruelty of the Kaiser and his army. Her name was taken from her and she was forced to wear a crown of ashes from the bones of her former kingdom and live a life with downcast eyes.
That is...until a hand reached up and brushed away the ashes.
With an ignited spark of a rebellion at hand, Theodosia marks herself with a warriors mark and embraces her destiny to lead her kingdom as a Queen.
The Ash Princess trilogy was an absolutely superb series where Laura Sebastian led readers through the Kaiser's court where Theodosia's spirit sparked like an ember behind her ash and straight through the revolution where Theodosia embraces her title as Ember Queen. A highlight of the series that Sebastian seemed to follow a thorough plan that enabled characters like Blaise, S∅ren, and Theodosia to flourish through her careful character development.
There was a great amount of strategy at play which I quite enjoyed reading about. Rather than a quick win with little effort, Sebastian takes the time to emphasize the hardships of war along with the sacrifices that the character must make. The choices that Theodosia and her trusted advisers (and friends) face are never easy and they certainly don't fail to impact your heart. Theodosia herself faces a lot of emotional and physical challenges that compromise her initial 'innocent' beliefs that she held onto in Ash Princess; it's sometimes difficult to see characters you hold dear undergo these events, but when you see them rise, they are a sight to behold!
In Ember Queen, Laura Sebastian takes readers for one more journey to Astrean where the sought after crown which is with a painful history, burns brightly with the fires of hope. This was such a satisfying end that pays homage to Astrean and the characters that have woven their way into readers hearts. The journey to the final pages is filled with unexpected endeavors and trails of the spirit that will have readers chanting: "For Astrea!"
"Usually, my belonged only to me; when she sat on that throne, she belonged to everyone."
"It's the signal I've been waiting for, telling them it's time to storm the palace."
"To our land, our gods, and our people, both living and dead, who will never-never-wear chains again."
"This throne is mine, and mine alone, and I am no longer afraid of it."
"I suppose there's still a bit of fight left in you after all."
"You must think vengeance is ugly...I envy you that. I did, too, once."
Ember Queen (Ash Princess Trilogy #3)
by Laura Sebastian Publisher: Delacorte Books For Young Readers Release Date: February 4th 2020
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance, Fiction, High Fantasy, Science Fiction, Magic, Epic Fantasy
The thrilling conclusion to the series that began with the instant New York Times bestseller “made for fans of Victoria Aveyard and Sabaa Tahir” (Bustle), Ember Queen is an epic fantasy about a throne cruelly stolen and a girl who must fight to take it back for her people.
Princess Theodosia was a prisoner in her own country for a decade. Renamed the Ash Princess, she endured relentless abuse and ridicule from the Kaiser and his court. But though she wore a crown of ashes, there is fire in Theo’s blood. As the rightful heir to the Astrean crown, it runs in her veins. And if she learned nothing else from her mother, she learned that a Queen never cowers.
Now free, with a misfit army of rebels to back her, Theo must liberate her enslaved people and face a terrifying new enemy: the new Kaiserin. Imbued with a magic no one understands, the Kaiserin is determined to burn down anyone and everything in her way.
The Kaiserin’s strange power is growing stronger, and with Prinz Søren as her hostage, there is more at stake than ever. Theo must learn to embrace her own power if she has any hope of standing against the girl she once called her heart’s sister.
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Laura Sebastian was born and raised in South Florida (the Redlands and Key Largo) and has always loved telling stories–many apologies to her little brother who often got in trouble because of them. No copies of her first book, a Cinderella retelling about angels circa 2nd grade, remain. Thankfully.
After getting her BFA from Savannah College of Art and Design, she moved to New York City thinking that she would stay for a couple of years before going somewhere better suited for a small-town, sun-loving girl. Five years later, she’s still here and madly in love with it.
When Laura isn’t writing, she’s probably reading, baking cookies or cupcakes, buying more clothes than her overstuffed closet can fit, or forcing her lazy dog Neville to take a walk.
Her debut Ash Princess, the start of a YA fantasy trilogy, will be out April 24th, 2018 from Delacorte (Random House).
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