Lady smoke

Laura Sebastian

Book - 2019

"After fleeing Astrea and regaining her freedom, Theo searches for new allies to help her reclaim her throne, although that comes at a steep price. And with her enemies closer than she thinks, Theo's fight to win back Astrea may prove not only impossible, but deadly"--

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Published
New York : Delacorte Press [2019]
Edition
First edition
Language
English
Item Description
Sequel to: Ash princess.
Physical Description
pages cm
ISBN
9781524767105
1524767107
9781524767112
1524767115
Main Author
Laura Sebastian (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

Theodosia, princess of the conquered Astrea, has finally escaped from the vicious Kaiser who has held her captive since she was six years old. Desperate to find the political and military support that will help her reclaim her country from the Kalovaxians who have enslaved her people, Theo sets sail with her aunt, the capricious pirate Dragonsbane, with the Kaiser's son as her hostage. In the kingdom of Sta'Crivero, Theo finds a temporary safe haven, but she also faces a difficult choice: the quickest way to an army is through marriage, but Astrean leaders are polyamorous queens, and none has ever taken a husband before. But Theo's would-be suitors have motivations of their own, and she will have to learn what it means to be a queen outside of captivity. Sebastian skillfully grows her world and her heroine in this gripping sequel (Ash Princess, 2018), which features a teenage girl fighting for power in a difficult world. Theo's journey isn't over, and readers will be eager for the next phase of her adventures. Grades 9-12. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

A sequel to Ash Princess finds an escaped Theo working to build an army to free her enslaved people from the murderous Kaiser, an effort that requires her to join forces with her pirate aunt and take a husband. Simultaneous eBook.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

The second installment in the New York Times bestselling series "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.Praise for the Ash Princess Series:"A darkly enchanting page-turner you won't be able to put down."--Bustle"A smart, feminist twist on a traditional tale of a fallen heroine, with plenty of court intrigue, love, and lies to sweeten the deal. Good luck putting this one down." --Virginia Boecker, author of The Witch Hunter series"This searing page-turner is a compelling examination of the complexities of both evil and resistance."--Sarah Porter, author of Vassa in the Night"A dark and spellbinding epic." --Sara Holland, New York Times bestselling author of Everless"A rebel queen fans the sparks of revolution...[and] Theo's first-person narration remains enthralling with emotional immediacy...[while] packed to the brim with intrigue and the promise."-Kirkus Reviews