Lady Smoke (Ash Princess Trilogy #2)
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 a way 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

Lady Smoke (Ash Princess Trilogy #2) Details

TitleLady Smoke (Ash Princess Trilogy #2)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseFeb 5th, 2019
PublisherDelacorte Press
ISBN-139781524767105
Rating
GenreFantasy, Young Adult, Fiction, Young Adult Fantasy, Magic

Lady Smoke (Ash Princess Trilogy #2) Review

  • Cindy ✩☽ Savage Queen ♔
    January 1, 1970
    8/4/18Loving the cover!---Based on the title I feel like we're going to get a lot more Cress, and honestly I am not sure I want that 😪
  • Gaby (lookingatbooks)
    January 1, 1970
    I DESPERATELY HOPE THEODOSIA USES HER FIRE MAGIC 🙏🏻
  • Melanie
    January 1, 1970
    1.) Ash Princess ★★★★Blog | Twitter | Tumblr | Instagram | Youtube | Twitch
  • Vicky Who Reads
    January 1, 1970
    ✨ the DRC of Ash Princess says the title for book 2 is Lady Smoke (coming spring 2019)"When there's smoke, there's fire."
  • Keifer Lud
    January 1, 1970
    One of my biggest problems in any trilogy is that they aren’t often used to establish anything new. The main characters go on some entirely unrelated quest that have raised stakes that I don’t care about --- partially because they don’t satisfy me after the inevitable cliffhanger I was left with in the first book. While it initially felt like this would be the case in Lady Smoke, it wasn't. New dynamics emerged, characters were developed, and while surely everything doesn't get resolved (is it a One of my biggest problems in any trilogy is that they aren’t often used to establish anything new. The main characters go on some entirely unrelated quest that have raised stakes that I don’t care about --- partially because they don’t satisfy me after the inevitable cliffhanger I was left with in the first book. While it initially felt like this would be the case in Lady Smoke, it wasn't. New dynamics emerged, characters were developed, and while surely everything doesn't get resolved (is it a spoiler to say there's another cliff hanger?), the story of this sequel feels deeply and importantly connected to the first. Additionally, Laura Sebastian's writing is excellent in this book. It was good in the first, but oh my goodness the vivid images she paints, the way she shows characters' psychology and innermost woes, it felt so genuine and unique. Theo’s existential problems particularly are so specific to this world and her character. I loved the world-building and the ways Sebastian continued to write a progressive Fantasy series that is deeply relevant to the colonial world we live in today. I will say that the romance didn't get any better in this book. Don't get me wrong, I'm a sucker for a good love story. But this love triangle business is old. And I still don't feel like I got to know Blaise enough that I care about his end of the triangle or believe his relationship with Theo. But even without that, the romance to me feels like the least nuanced part of this book, when it clearly is one of the most important for developing the story. Overall, this was a wonderful read, and I breezed right through it. Thank you to John Cusick for giving me this arc! I recommend this book to anyone who is interested in Court Fantasy or even Fantasy at all as a genre.
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  • Tekla
    January 1, 1970
    "an army can only be produced if Theo takes a husband."
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