Parents' Guide to

Ash Princess, Book 1

By Carrie R. Wheadon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Torture, genocide make absorbing fantasy for mature teens.

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age 14+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 15+

Loved this book!

I loved this book! It was action packed and wasn't full of inappropriate things. However, it is quite violent, and the main character frequently recalls being tortured. There are a couple of passionate kisses, but I think that's about as far as anything goes.
age 13+

I really liked the dramatic scenes there are, and I really cried at the end

Is It Any Good?

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Kids say (14 ):

Fans of very dark fantasies should overlook the word "princess" in the title and dive into this absorbing world of cruel conquerors, court intrigue, and budding rebellion. Even though there's a 16-year-old princess who wears pretty dresses and fancies the prince, after 10 years of torture and the genocide of her people, she's also a princess seething with hatred and the need to do something. When Theo is forced to kill her own father, this darker side finally begins to overtake her. And when her guards are killed and replaced by rebels (though it seems highly unlikely, even with magical help, that this won't get noticed) Theo is ready for transformation. Yet ... what to do about the prince?

Author Laura Sebastian does a great job conveying the complexity of Theodosia's relationships -- with the prince who hates his own father; with Cress, the sheltered girl at court who claims to be Theo's friend; and with the rebels who don't trust that Theo is up for the job of leading a rebellion. What's missing is more on how the magic in this world works. We know that Theo thinks it's sacrilege to practice it without training, but know very little about what the power can really do. Perhaps Book 2 will enlighten us.

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