Tuesday 11 February 2020

Book Review: Ember Queen (Ash Princess #3) by Laura Sebastian (YA/Fantasy)

Title: Ember Queen (Ash Princess #3)
Author: Laura Sebastian
Pan Macmillan Australia

Publication Date: 11 February 2020
ARC from Publisher


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.

Ember Queen is a pleasing conclusion to what has been an enjoyable trilogy. In this final volume there is a lot at stake for all the characters and therefore the book is action-packed and runs at a fast pace. I found the ending satisfying and was happy with how things worked out, especially in the romance stakes, as I'd been worried at the end of book one that an annoying love triangle was coming, but luckily it never developed fully. Overall, the Ash Princess trilogy has everything you could want from a YA fantasy: a strong female lead, a compelling narrative voice, an exciting plot, and plenty of romance, magic and adventure. Recommended for fans of the genre.

I received this book as a free ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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