Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine that features highly anticipated book releases.
Title: Ash Princess
Author: Laura Sebastian
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Publication Date: April 24, 2018
Theodosia was six when her country was invaded and her mother, the Queen of Flame and Fury, was murdered before her eyes. Ten years later, Theo has learned to survive under the relentless abuse of the Kaiser and his court as the ridiculed “Ash Princess.” Pretending to be empty-headed and naive when she’s not enduring brutal whippings, she pushes down all other thoughts but one: Keep the Kaiser happy and he will keep you safe.
When the Kaiser forces her to execute her last hope of rescue, Theo can’t keep her feelings and memories pushed down any longer. She vows revenge, throwing herself into a plot to seduce and murder the Kaiser’s warrior son with the help of a group of magically gifted and volatile rebels. But Theo doesn’t expect to develop feelings for the Prinz. Or for her rebel allies to challenge her friendship with the one person who’s been kind to her throughout the last hopeless decade: her heart’s sister, Cress.
Cornered into impossible choices and unable to trust even those who are on her side, Theo will have to decide how far she’s willing to go to save her people and how much of herself she’s willing to sacrifice to become queen.
Why am I excited?
Any book that says “for fans of Red Queen” instantly has me hooked. That was bascially my gateway fantasy book and I’ve been on the hunt for similar books ever since. It kind of sounds similar with the themes of rebellion and the protagonist falling for a royal, so I’m excited about that. It also seems like it has the historical fantasy elements and magic that I loved in The Crown’s Game combined with the fierce protagonist and plot of Ruined. Plus, the “Ash Princess” nickname that Theo has is reminiscent of the many versions of Cinderella, where a disgraced girl must fight for power. This book sounds like it has a lot of bloodshed and betrayal and I’m all about those two things! I’m intrigued to see how this will play out and if her rebellion succeeds. The cover is also incredible and I bet that pictures do not do it justice at all.