Lady Smoke (Ash Princess Series #2)

Lady Smoke (Ash Princess Series #2)

by Laura Sebastian


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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 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.

Praise for Ash Princess:
"An emotionally complex, breathtakingly suspenseful series starter."--Booklist

"A dark and spellbinding epic. . . . Brace yourself, because Theodosia Houzzara--wounded, driven, and deadly--is going to carve out a place for herself in your heart." --Sara Holland, New York Times bestselling author of Everless

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781524767105
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 02/05/2019
Series: Ash Princess Series , #2
Pages: 512
Sales rank: 7,854
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.70(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Laura Sebastian grew up in South Florida and attended Savannah College of Art and Design. She now lives and writes in New York City. Laura is the New York Times bestselling author of Ash Princess, Lady Smoke, and Ember Queen. To learn more about Laura and her books, follow @sebastian_lk on Twitter.

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Lady Smoke 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
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This book was a phenomenal second installment of the trilogy. I sometimes feel as though second books (or middle books, if it’s a longer series) can sometimes get a little bit dull as the series diverges towards its true plot, but this was definitely not the case for this book. Lady Smoke follows Theo and her band of outcasts as they flee away from the Kaiser but into another albeit different political mousetrap. Theo wants to raise an army to overtake the Kalovaxians and reclaim her home country of Astrea. But there aren’t enough Astreans to get the job done, and so Theo is now faced with the predicament of selling her hand in marriage (something Astrean Queens do not do) to the highest bidder for an army strong enough to take on the Kalovaxians. This book was rife with political tensions and manipulations. It was very satisfying to watch Theo use the skills she’d picked up under the Kaiser’s reign to hold her own against the greed and selfishness of the leaders of other countries. It was frustrating to read about these powerful countries who have plenty of soldiers, but refuse to help Theo take back her home unless they can get something out of it. It’s such a sad parallel to the world today, where if a course of action isn’t lucrative, nobody will bother with it. Theo underwent some drastic character growth in the last book, and in this book we get to see more of her strong personality of Queen shine though. She struggles with her title at times though, as she’s stuck between wanting what’s best for Astrea and wanting to keep her friends and loved ones safe. I appreciated this; it shows that she’s still human, and a sixteen-year-old one at that who can be a little selfish and immature because she’s never had to rule before. Theo’s evolving relationship with her inner circle was a delight to watch, especially as Blaise, Heron, and Art try to work amicably with Soren, who they still perceive as the enemy. I really enjoyed Theo’s struggles to reconcile her method of leadership with worrying she’s acting too much like the Kaiser. But as Soren reassured her at one point, the fact that she’s worrying that she’s becoming the Kaiser means that she won’t ever sink to his level of evil and cruelty. One of my favorite parts of this book were the times when Theo stood up to the patriarchy. While Astrea is a monarchy ruled by a queen, many other countries have male-dominated rulers who are very misogynistic. Theo lets them know exactly how ridiculous their views and double standards are. It was amusing and empowering to read about. That’s one of the best things about this series: there are so many strong female characters. Not only that, there is representation for PoC and LGBT+. It’s refreshing to read, especially when the Kalovaxians are primarily the only white people. The ending of this book was simply fantastic. I binged the last 100 or so pages all in one shot because I just couldn’t put it down. It left me breathless and satisfied but yearning for the third and final book of this fantastic series.
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JillJemmett More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! It started exactly where Ash Princess ended. The characters discussed some things that happened as a refresher of the last book. It was easy to get right back into the story. This story explored some of the other countries in the world. Theo and her group have to get some help gathering armies to invade Astrea. I loved seeing how different these other countries were from the Kalovaxians. Theo is a great character. She grows a lot in this story. She was so sheltered that she doesn’t understand a lot of things in the world, but she doesn’t show her lack of knowledge. She is still able to control her people and grow as a queen. The ending of this book was so thrilling! I can’t wait to see what happens next! I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
HugsandKissesforBooks More than 1 year ago
Strong, dynamic characters make a wonderful fantasy! Thanks to NetGalley and Random House for the opportunity to read and review Lady Smoke by Laura Sebastian! Theo is on Smoke, Dragonbane’s ship, with her Shadows and Soren. They are all working towards gathering allies to get her palace and reign back. Dynamic, strong characters plus the world building make Lady Smoke interesting to read and the uncertainty of Theo’s future drew me into the story even more. The characters’ backgrounds are intense and built fascinating characters that keep growing and stay steadfast by Theo’s side. Amazing strength and loyalty create unparalleled love for the kingdom they are all trying to get back. As the story carries on, more atrocities are brought to light and make the group even more determined! I don’t want to spoil anything but I’m thoroughly enjoying this series and anxiously awaiting the third book! 5 stars for great world building and strong, dynamic characters! * I received a complimentary copy of this book for voluntary review consideration and all opinions and thoughts are my own.
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Caroldaz More than 1 year ago
Very often the middle book of a trilogy is slower than the first, but this one did not disappoint in any way. Theo is growing and maturing and making hard decisions. I have to say I did not see that ending coming but it makes me just that much more anxious to read the next book. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.