Ember Queen (Ash Princess Trilogy, #3)
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.

Ember Queen (Ash Princess Trilogy, #3) Details

TitleEmber Queen (Ash Princess Trilogy, #3)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseFeb 4th, 2020
PublisherDelacorte Books For Young Readers
Rating
GenreFantasy, Young Adult

Ember Queen (Ash Princess Trilogy, #3) Review

  • ♠ TABI ♠
    January 1, 1970
    $10 says this is gonna be called Fire Queen or something similar . . .Okay so EMBER IS CLOSE TO FIRE SO WOW WAS I RIGHT OR WAS I RIGHT???
  • Circi
    January 1, 1970
    DOES ANYONE HAVE AN EXACT RELEASE DATE OR ARE WE JUST GUESSING SOMETIME AROUND NEXT FEBRUARY?!?!?!
  • Caylynn Bleess
    January 1, 1970
    How did I NOT KNOW ABOUT THIS COVER REVEAL.I need this book nooooooooooooow
  • Lynne ♠ The Book Dragon ♠
    January 1, 1970
    I NEED a cover and title for this so bad!!!
  • Tabor
    January 1, 1970
    I received this ARC in exchange for an honest review from NetGalleyWell, it's the final book in the series and it was definitely an interesting ride. When I first read "Ash Princess", I was taken in by the concept and the character of Theodosia, who was held captive and tortured by the conqueror of her country, Astrea. The series was obviously influenced by the Roman Empire and its expansion, which stretched far and effectively acculturated diverse cultures. Theodosia's story is told through the I received this ARC in exchange for an honest review from NetGalleyWell, it's the final book in the series and it was definitely an interesting ride. When I first read "Ash Princess", I was taken in by the concept and the character of Theodosia, who was held captive and tortured by the conqueror of her country, Astrea. The series was obviously influenced by the Roman Empire and its expansion, which stretched far and effectively acculturated diverse cultures. Theodosia's story is told through the eyes of the conquered, who is fighting for control of her homeland and in this final book she rises above her oppressors. "Ember Queen" starts after the negotiations with Cress, and Theodosia's eventual descent into the mines. She emerges and does not remember what transpired during her venture into the dark depths. However, her power has increased and as a result, she is forced to hone her capabilities for the upcoming battle with Cress. The first half of the book details her political campaign against Kalovaxians, who outnumber her forces. It also deals with the connection between Theodosia and Cress, who are able to communicate in their dreams. This, of course, becomes extremely problematic later, but it also shows us what Cress' plans and the emotional conflict of both characters. For the most part, the book deals with strategic war planning and Theodosia taking action against Cress' attempts to outmaneuver her politically. There is a lot of dialogue about the final battle, planning for different outcomes and interacting with different people and places to gauge their support that takes up the majority of the book. Eventually, Theodosia is also able to acquire Soren through some careful negotiation and use of illusions. All in all, the book is leading up to the battle between Theodosia and Cress for the throne of Astrea.As I said in the introduction, I was very taken with the concept of this series. There are a lot of young adult novels set in a Roman Empire-esque world, but either they do not consider the indigenous voice or it fails to really delve into the subsequent effects of cultural imperialism. The first book did this by exploring the power of names—Theodosia was renamed Thora— and her power was stripped from her; she was no longer the daughter of a queen, but a mere captive-raised from birth. She had a complicated relationship with Cress, who was kind to her but also the daughter of someone, who oppressed her. The story was always about Theodosia and Cress, but I felt like the author missed a beat. This book dealt with some heavy themes, but important ones that were over time became overshadowed by more typical YA storylines as well as the focus on strategy. Overall, I wish this book had really considered those themes as it ended, maybe given Cress a perspective (and avoid the whole dream thing) and it would have made the ending of this book feel really powerful because it was character-driven and not a whole mess of details.
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  • Crescentdoe
    January 1, 1970
    Heron: *breathes*Me: preCiOuS sMoL cHiLd I MuST pRoTeCC
  • Bhaavya Srivastava
    January 1, 1970
    I need to read it so bad! It's literally torture to wait till 2020!
  • E
    January 1, 1970
    okay but like Theo better choose Blaise over Søren, i swear if she doesn’t i will cry.
  • Meghan
    January 1, 1970
    This book was received as an ARC from Random House Children's - Delacorte Press in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.A sister taken hostage with an evil power and the power of strength and good must stop her from overtaking the prince and destroying everything that comes in her way. This book reminded me a lot of the Red Queen series due to the powerful conflict that was chosen for a young girl and the predicament her family has This book was received as an ARC from Random House Children's - Delacorte Press in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.A sister taken hostage with an evil power and the power of strength and good must stop her from overtaking the prince and destroying everything that comes in her way. This book reminded me a lot of the Red Queen series due to the powerful conflict that was chosen for a young girl and the predicament her family has to endeavor to not only save her but the kingdom from the forces of evil. Each page and each chapter was more exciting than the next and just when you think you figured it all out, another twist comes and the story takes a whole new turn. I could not put this book down and had to find out if Theo saves her sister, the prince and the kingdom. You will not be disappointed from this book and I know this will be a great candidate for our next teen book club.We will consider adding this title to our YFiction collection at the library. That is why we give this book 5 stars.
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  • Imani
    January 1, 1970
    Look at that gorgeous cover, I'm salivating jk. Also, this is kinda heartbreaking. Cress against Theo...I mean Cress was evil but she also wasn't. I hate how it's come to this but we'll see how the author concludes it all :D
  • Sanna
    January 1, 1970
    **********7 October 2019 So you probably think it’s weird that I’ve added this book to a TBR list when I haven’t read the two previously books in the series. I understand you, I also think it’s weird. I’m really interested to read the first book because I’ve heard a lot of things about it. Hopefully, it’s good so I can come all the way to this book. This book is being published 4 February 2020
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  • Tekla
    January 1, 1970
    "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."I'm still holding onto my hopes and dreams of this turning into an epic lesbian romance \_(ツ)_/ "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."I'm still holding onto my hopes and dreams of this turning into an epic lesbian romance ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
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  • Michelle
    January 1, 1970
    I want to read this so badly!!
  • Jeraca
    January 1, 1970
    I received this free eARC novel from NetGalley. This is my honest review. This was a pretty decent ending to the series. I do have to say that I just really didn't get completely vested into the storyline, which was a letdown for me. Maybe I had too high of expectations? I'm not sure. Theo did progressively get to be a solid character, who finally found her wants and needs and strived to achieve them, so I'm proud of her, but I just really didn't connect with the story or the characters as much I received this free eARC novel from NetGalley. This is my honest review. This was a pretty decent ending to the series. I do have to say that I just really didn't get completely vested into the storyline, which was a letdown for me. Maybe I had too high of expectations? I'm not sure. Theo did progressively get to be a solid character, who finally found her wants and needs and strived to achieve them, so I'm proud of her, but I just really didn't connect with the story or the characters as much as I wanted to overall. A lot of characters died in this trilogy, but one in particular was hard to face. I seriously wished it didn't happen, but I do understand that there was a war, and when all of the main characters survive, it's not very realistic. War is something that many have to be sacrificed in order to create a better future. I'm very glad I got the chance to read this eARC novel and this trilogy. I know there will be tons of fans out there who will adore this ending, even if it wasn't for me in the end.
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  • Kat
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to Delacorte Press and NetGalley & Edelweiss for the E-arc copy of Ember Queen.#EmberQueen#NetGalley #EdelweissLaura Sebastian brings a slick, fantasy finale to her trilogy. Theodosia has developed into a force to be reckoned with in this conclusion. It is a dark, power filled adventure of the journey of one young woman from victim to heir. A dazzling conclusion that will having you missing this series as soon as you close the book.
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  • Patti Sabik
    January 1, 1970
    The conclusion to “Ash Princess” was done quite well. Honestly, pieces of the trilogy which bothered me throughout were resolved and/or explained in satisfying and enjoyable ways. Sebastian kept a consistent pace of action and romance with just enough friendly banter to keep things interesting. A fun and, although predictable, very satisfying fantasy.
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  • Zoe
    January 1, 1970
    1). Ash Princess 2). Lady Smoke 1). Ash Princess ★★2). Lady Smoke ★★
  • Elizabeth Senger
    January 1, 1970
    2020?!?!?! Ugh.
  • Nicki Markus
    January 1, 1970
    Full review to follow in Feb.I received this book as a free ARC from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review.
  • Doris Raines
    January 1, 1970
    NICE BOOK.
  • Anushka Pyalanda
    January 1, 1970
    Brilliant!
  • Hana
    January 1, 1970
    @Circi yes its coming on February 4th @Circi yes its coming on February 4th😁
  • Ishika
    January 1, 1970
    Let's just hope Søren isn't held hostage again.
  • Darryn
    January 1, 1970
    I received a digital copy of this book from Netgalley for an honest review.RTC
  • Miranda
    January 1, 1970
    Read via Netgalley in return for a fair review.Theo and her band of misfit but loyal compatriots make one final attempt to take down the Kaserina and take back their country. Now that Theo has a little more control over her new powers, they may just have a chance. But Theo can't do it on her own - she will need every ally she can find to make their last stand.This is a great wrap-up to the series and gets everything tied up nicely by the end. There's plenty of political intrigue and navigating Read via Netgalley in return for a fair review.Theo and her band of misfit but loyal compatriots make one final attempt to take down the Kaserina and take back their country. Now that Theo has a little more control over her new powers, they may just have a chance. But Theo can't do it on her own - she will need every ally she can find to make their last stand.This is a great wrap-up to the series and gets everything tied up nicely by the end. There's plenty of political intrigue and navigating of different groups and at times it is a little difficult to follow all of the varying strategies, but in the end it all works together to complete the story.
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