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Lady Smoke

Ash Princess Series, Book 2
Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld
Series: Ash Princess Trilogy, Book 2
Length: 13 hrs and 29 mins
Categories: Teens, Ages 11-13
4.5 out of 5 stars (465 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The sequel to the instant New York Times best-seller 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 10 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)

©2019 Laura Sebastian (P)2019 Listening Library

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more enjoyable than book 1

I enjoyed this way more than the torture in Ash Princess. Theo wasn't my favorite main character but her companions and their tales really took over this story in a perfect way.

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dull ride

I'll start with what I don't like.

the main character was still annoying and immature, either I'm overdosed on YA and getting tiered of teens acting dumb and being immature in their process of thinking. her flaws felt more annoying than a good build up for her growth which didn't really happen anyways.

the story: in all the hours of listening not many major plots happened, and good amount of time was wasted on little side "happennings" that didn't contribute but dragged the story. On top of that there were some plot holes (why and how questions) and the lack of weight behind characters (why are they the way they are).


I would compare this book to microwave dinner , in the end it's semi interesting but I would rather read something else.

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  • Denise
  • Valencia, CA, United States
  • 03-30-19

I was distracted

To be perfectly fair, I was distracted while I listened to this story as I was very involved with another story that grabbed me (yes I read and listen to multiple books at a time). This rarely happens to me, as I can separate my many stories. So my overall impression was that, while very good, it wasn’t as good as the first book. It felt rushed in some parts, and easily victorious in other parts. The narrator was excellent though.

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  • nancy
  • swansboro, NC
  • 03-20-19

it's ok

I am a huge fan of the court of thorns and roses series . This series pales in comparison ........

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Amazing sequel!

The book was enthralling throughout. The ending made me crave the next book. I'm astounded again by this wonderful author. I am transfixed by the narrators voice. Will listen to, again and again.

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Can’t wait for the next book

This is an awesome book! I couldn’t stop listening I can’t wait to see what happens next!

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amazing

the performance listening to this is outstanding!! this book keeps you going until the very end.

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Excellent Performance for an OUTSTANDING Book

This is book two of the Ash Princess Trilogy and it was even better than the first! Laura Sebastian has woven a story full of wonderfully, strong, flawed, emotional, cruel, manipulative, compassionate characters. This story has them all! You will experience every emotion within the pages of this book and will appreciate the ride along the way. I highly recommend this series!

I actually listed to this book on Audible, instead of reading, and I have to commend the narrator, Saskia Maarleveld! She made every single character come to life, and folks, there are at least 15 active characters in this installment. How she was able to create so many different voices, and keep them all identifiable by the character, is beyond me, but I'm definitely a fan!

I cannot wait for book three!

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Filler

It was good, but not like that initial omg that hooked me in the ash princesses. Was a good filler for next in series.... Too be continued🤔

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Sensational!

Great narration, terrific book with plenty of intrigue and complex characters. Would read series again.