Kingdom of Ash and Soot
For the last ten years, nineteen-year-old Eleanora Svobodová has worked as a servant in her stepmother's household. Along with her older brother, she dreams of the day they will be free to live life on their own terms.
But everything changes when their estranged grandmother comes to Prague on behalf of Queen Victoria. Throu...more
*Thanks again to Prodigy Gold Books for sending me an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.*
The first half of „Kingdom of Ash and Soot“ was absolutely amazing and I was so invested in the story, I couldn’t put the book down anymore. Back in high school, I always hated history classes but ever since passing my a-levels and leaving school, I’ve become more and more interested in history and have also found out that I actually really enjoy reading historical fiction. ...more
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A beautiful historical setting invites you to a bohemian adventure of a servant girl blossoming to a fierce and dagger-wielding protagonist with a rightful place in society.
Eleanora Svobodová’s father has passed away, and ever since, she and her brother have been serving at the house for her stepmother without question albeit not without dreaming of a free future.
One day, Eleanora is heading into town with two special books from her father’s collection she ...more
Throughly enjoyed this a beautifully written Cinderella/Spy story by C.S. Johnson - was such a vivid and fantastic adventure.
”The devil always offers you everything you want, but there is always a price to pay. Always.”
It was a slow burning plot and very character driven but it was so good! The descriptions and writing really made you feel like you were there with the characters in Pra ...more
This book was so intriguing. I really enjoyed watching Elenora go from a maid to a lady, as she was mean to be. The Cinderella vibe along with the spy part of it is very neat. I like the 2 love interests, esp Ferdy and did not predict the twist. I can’t wait to see what happens next.
It does end in a cliffhanger
Here's the blurb I've written:
“I want to be free.” The words came rushing out of me before I could think through their implications and consequences.
“There are two things you need to know about yourself if you want to be free—what you stand for, and what you stand against.” ...more
I was sent this book from the publisher in exchange for an unbiased review. (That happened like, a minute ago, and by a minute, I mean a few years--I hate myself, too.)
And I never got to the review because I couldn't even make it through the damn book. It's a real shame. Honestly, I liked the premise, but 90% of what I read was dialogue--no real world-building, nothing to make me feel connected to the story, just dialogue upon dialogue.
I liked the premise, but the characters d ...more
I’d be lying if I said the cover wasn’t my main reason for wanting to pick up this book. But after reading the synopsis, I got some interesting Cinderella vibes, and, well.
I was sold.
Kingdom is not a retelling. It has some elements, definitely—an Ella working as a servant in her own home after her father passes, dancing amongst the elite, things like that. But it’s definitely not a retelling. Despite that, I was intrigued by the time period and the ...more
Though I en ...more
It was packed full of political intrigue, but not so much where it went over my head or was hard to remember. The Cinderella twist honestly made it even cooler and will forever look at her story differently, imaging if she became a secret, undercover spy.
The characters were just as amazing as the storyline. (Well, except the bad guys, but even they were "well played." Hehe!) Eleanora was such a great heroine to cheer for ...more
Overall Rating: 3 stars
Heroine: Survivor by Destiny’s Child
Dude: Can I go on walks with him in Prague!??
Romance: Sweet and slow burn
Brutality: I’ll never trust wine again
This story is an interesting twist on Cinderella that adds in history, political maneuvering and assassins. If you love a good regency novel with multiple balls, discussions of what is proper behavior for ...more
Kingdom of Ash and Soot is almost a Cinderella retelling but darker and more exciting. Set in an alternate 1800s Prague, Eleanora survives the deaths of her parents, strengthens beneath the abuse of her step-family, and rises in a world of magic and dark destiny. This YA Fantasy is a must-read for fans of adventure told at midnight.
Read my FULL review here: https://pooledink.com/2018/06/04/king... ...more
From the moment Nora is introduced along with her brother Ben, I was hooked. Both characters are relatable and easy to like. The evil step-mother is just that - evil. Each new character that was introduced just made me want to get more lost in this world. Having the story set in Prague was a treat for ...more
Nora was a very easy character to fall in love with. It stays true to the typical Cinderella retelling, however Nora is a beast! She became stronger with her life that she was dealt and worked for something better, than accepting her fate!
This story just went somewhere completely different than I was expecting! The writing was well executed and it was a little hard to follow at ...more
A must read......wow...what can I say. A great read that will get you hooked right from the start.
This first book in the Kingdom series is excellent. I love the character and the interaction they have with each other, and how they develop. There are so many different types of characters and personalities that you find you like and others not so much and some you like even more as you learn about them.
The twist and the turns in there and the final realization when thi ...more
I love this story! It blends history and great storytelling together, along with a Cinderella vibe. Eleanora and Ben and Ferdy, and all the secrets and political intrigue was fantastically blended together. The ENDING THO! You’re going to want to have book 2 queued up on your kindle or in your possession. This story sucked me in immediately and didn’t let up. Can’t wait to read the next books!
This book held me to the very end (I love stories like that so much!) I love how it brings in the dysfunction into the plot (a bit of reality mixed to make it more real to me. I enjoyed the way the words painted a story I could easily visualize, pulling me into the story too.
This is not the first book that I've read by CS Johnson, and will certainly not be my last!
Kingdom of Ash and Soot is a tale of survival, mystery, lies, love, secrets and freedom. I was once again plunged into the mystical city of Prague for this historical fiction and the place still held its old magic which makes it perfect for a story such as this. Siblings Eleanora and Ben were stripped of the comforts of life when the ...more
My favorite part of this book, besides the gorgeous cover, was the rich historical detail. The author clearly knows her stuff. She did a fantastic job sendin ...more
However, the last half of the story, I found that my attention wasn't held firmly the whole time. I will say though...the ending...GREAT, but leading up to that point, I was disappointed. I still ...more
This is a novel that packs mystery and intrigue into historical fiction… what fun. It’s 1870 and Prague is a hotbed if political machinations, assainations and secret societies. There were many aspects of the story that I enjoyed.
The orphan story: Eleanora and her elder brother Ben are orphans living as servants to their stepmother in their own father’s home. They dream of a feeedom that is simply a life away from obligation to Lady Cecilia and her unkindness. Despite the hardships un ...more
I’ve read a ton of books that have traces of Cinderella, but never one that includes action scenes, political intrigue, ...more
Kingdom of Ash and Soot starts off with a very Cinderella vibe. After the death of her father, Eleanora and her brother Benedict are treated as servants by their (evil) step-mother. The plot does veer away after that, but the Cinderella-ish undertones remain throughout the rest of the story, especially when she's later given the nickname "Ella." Lady Penelope appears on the scene, the siblings are invited to join a secret society, spy ...more