About the Book:
Title: LADY SMOKE (Ash Princess Trilogy #2)
Author: Laura Sebastian
Pub.Date: February 5, 2019
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Formats: Hardcover, eBook, Audiobook
The sequel to the instant New York Times bestseller that was “made for fans of Victoria Aveyard and Sabaa Tahir” ( Bustle ), Lady Smoke is an epic new fantasy about a throne cruelly stolen and a girl who must fight to take it back for her people.
The Kaiser murdered Theodosia’s mother, the Fire Queen, when Theo was only six. He took Theo’s country and kept her prisoner, crowning her Ash Princess–a pet to toy with and humiliate for ten long years. That era has ended. The Kaiser thought his prisoner weak and defenseless. He didn’t realize that a sharp mind is the deadliest weapon.
Theo no longer wears a crown of ashes. She has taken back her rightful title, and a hostage–Prinz Soren. But her people remain enslaved under the Kaiser’s rule, and now she is thousands of miles away from them and her throne.
To get them back, she will need an army. Only, securing an army means she must trust her aunt, the dreaded pirate Dragonsbane. And according to Dragonsbane, an army can only be produced if Theo takes a husband. Something an Astrean Queen has never done.
Theo knows that freedom comes at a price, but she is determined to find away to save her country without losing herself.
“A darkly enchanting page-turner you won’t be able to put down.” –Bustle on Ash Princess, Book 1 in the Ash Princess series
Jan’s ReviewThis is a much anticipated read for me in 2019 and I am thrilled i got the chance to read and review it before it comes into the world in April. Second books for me have always been a mixed bag we either get our characters off on some quest to move the story along or we get bogged down in a theme that never gets developed and feels like filler to get us to the final book. Not the case i am most happy to say with Lady Smoke, we get strong character development, we see more of Theo emerging as a Queen who will be taking back her land at all cost and most of all we have some romance but it hard to say if this is meant to be love triangle or not. The last 100 pages of the book are the height of the action and the twists of how things happen is mind blowing, your almost sure that all is lost when a nice unexpected twist comes into to play to set us up for book three which i sad to tell you fans but we have to wait tell 2020 but i sure their will be plenty of exciting reads to keep us company tell then.
About Book 1:
Title: ASH PRINCESS (Ash Princess Trilogy #1)
Author: Laura Sebastian
Pub.Date: April 24, 2018
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Formats: Hardcover,eBook, Audiobook
Theodosiawas six when her country was invaded and her mother, the Fire Queen,was murdered before her eyes. On that day, the Kaiser tookTheodosia’s family, her land, and her name. Theo was crowned AshPrincess–a title of shame to bear in her new life as a prisoner.
Forten years Theo has been a captive in her own palace. She’s enduredthe relentless abuse and ridicule of the Kaiser and his court. She ispowerless, surviving in her new world only by burying the girl shewas deep inside.
Then,one night, the Kaiser forces her to do the unthinkable. With blood onher hands and all hope of reclaiming her throne lost, she realizesthat surviving is no longer enough. But she does have a weapon: hermind is sharper than any sword. And power isn’t always won on thebattlefield.
For ten years, the Ash Princess has seen her land pillaged and her people enslaved. That all ends here.
Laura Sebastian was born and raised in South Florida (the Redlands and KeyLargo) 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 girls. Five years later, she’s still here and madly in love with it.
When Lauraisn’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.
3 winners will receive a finished copy of LADY SMOKE, US Only.
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