A tale of love, revenge, power and betrayal, Lady Smoke is Laura Sebastian's epic fantasy sequel to the New York Times-bestselling Ash Princess.
After escaping from imprisonment under the brutal Kaiser, Theodosia is on the run, plotting to take revenge and reclaim her rightful place as queen of the enslaved Astreans.
Thousands of miles away from her people and her throne,...more
Theo is such a fucking bad bitch and I literally don't deserve to breathe the same air as this Queen, holy SHIT.
This book was more political but equally as scheming, bloody and violent as the first one and filled with unexpected twists and deaths.
It made me so happy to read about a bisexual, female ruler even though she shows up for a little while in this book. ...more
Lady Smoke has exceeded my expectations. Usually, in a trilogy, there's always the chance where the second book suffers from Second Book Syndrome. To me, Lady Smoke was a pretty damn good installment to the Ash Princess trilogy.
Mind you, this will not be for everyone as I will explain further, but for a second book, I was really impressed by how the story progressed as well as the stakes that were involved.
Lady Smoke takes place right after the events of Ash Princess where Theodosia ...more
Theo is such a wonderful protagonist and queen who truly wants to do right by her people. Søren, often a lad in distress, unfortunately, is such a sweet, but protective, character ...more
...an army can only be produced if Theo takes a husband.
But seriously, like wtf why!? There had better be a good reason, like this better not just be a convenient plot device used only to make the heroine to choose between two boys.
Loving the cover!
Based on the title I feel like we're going to get a lot more Cress, and honestly I am not sure I want that ...more
WHAT AN AMAZING BOOK, YOU GUYS!!!!! oh my god. oh my god.
i simply couldn’t put down. every chapter was a delight to read. all of them felt interesting and well-written, nothing ever feels like a filler here and i absolutely love it. the characters were amazing, the romance was good, the intrigues were awesome, the battles were consistent. amazing! just amazing! i was hooked the entire time!
just read it.
Theodosia is the last remaining heir of a vanquished country, now owned by its conqueror and the man who kept her a beaten and paraded captive, for almost her entire childhood. But this once Ash Princess is now determined to fulfil her role as Queen Theo, and this queen wants her land back and her people freed.
The Theo the reader was introduced to in the previous series instalment is a very different being to the one that appeared here. Theo's original wishes were ...more
“I hope you come to see that a woman can wield power beyond what’s between her legs—for your daughter’s sake if nothing else.”
“There’s a reason you can’t find the word virginity in Astrean. The concept doesn’t exist.”
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These books are addictive. Even flawed, I just couldn’t stop reading.
This was so much better than I expected.
Theo became such a complex and rich character. I loved how grey she was in so many areas. Loved her journey into finding who she was ...more
My quick ...more
“A queen without a crown, without a throne, without a coronation. What, exactly, do you imagine you're queen of?”
Lady Smoke picks up right where Ash Princess left off. Theo is trying to get everything in order on her travels with Dragons-bane and her fleet. They are all looking for allies to take down the Kaiser and Cress.
Things I Liked:
Theo shows a ton of growth in this book as her character falls in line with the title of Queen. Shes starting to come into herself and really ...more
I read it in two days as I really was immersed into the story. It was slower in the beginning as I had to remember everything that had happened in the first book and who was who.
I like Theodosia better in this second book. She has matured and changed from the frightened little girl. Being far from the Kaiser is helping her of course. I like that she is experienced in navigating royal court and gives as good as she gets all with a saccharine smile. Yet she never loses sight ...more
WARNING:This Review Contains Mild Spoilers for Ash Princess.
It's always the true test of a series if the second book can live up to the expectation that you were left with when you finished the first book. Will it have the same voice? Will the characters grow with the story? What will happen? Do you even care what happens next? And when you do finally get your hands on a copy of that book you've been ...more
I still really want to read the last book in the series...
I felt like it was slower (maybe lots slower I don't know) but I really enjoyed the character developments in that one. We actually got to understand more some of the characters... But still some behaviour didn't make sense...
Okay, I keep changing my mind on this freaking book rating. I can't decide to put a 3 or 4 star... so it'll be a freaking 3.5. Like I mentioned above, Lady Smoke was a good book. I have the audio version, which definitely makes it a bit easier for myself when working such long drastic hours. Now this book starts where the previous book, Ash Princess left us.
However, I feel like the characters didn't really do anything in this book but when ...more
She takes another drink, a smaller one this time, before looking at me thoughtfully. “You’re lucky that you didn’t really know her.”
“Did you just say that I’m lucky my mother died?”
“I didn’t say that,” Dragonsbane says, rolling her eyes. “But it’s nice, in a way, to have her preserved so purely in your memory—a perfect mother and a perfect queen, brilliant and kind and valiant. She’s practically a goddess in your mind, isn’t she?"
– Actual progress toward Theo reclaiming her country near the ...more
My mother was the Queen of Peace. But I am not that sort of Queen.
This sequel to Ash Princess was worth the wait. I've always loved political fantasies since they typically have enough intrigue to keep the pages flipping. With that in mind, Lady Smoke gave me the reading experience that I expected. Even though I didn't completely recall everything that happened in the first book, I didn't ...more
It’s a mash of many other stories I’ve read, but there’s a simplicity to it and the story is woven in such a way that attracts the reader and satisfies in many levels.
It has strong elements: an orphaned female leading character who has weaknesses and strengths all shaped by her upbringing, both by her mum and then the Kaiser, a strong love triangle, interesting supporting characters with equally interesting backgrounds, drama, laughter, plotting, vengeance, ...more
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3 / 5
My opinion of Ash Princess was that it was a perfectly fine YA fantasy book. In fact, it seemed to have many popular tropes crammed into it: an orphan princess, a country under the rule of a tyrannical king, the king has a hot son, her hot childhood friend rocks up, and rebellions and love triangles ensue! I like Lady Smoke because it doesn’t feel like it was trying so hard. ...more
+ Ash Princess had gay characters and diverse races and cultural references but Lady Smoke really ramps up the diversity rep. As the world opens up, so too do other nations who are filled with LGBT characters, feminist politics and even a character hinted to have autism. All of this is done with natural poise and never felt like a PC checklist or a pointlessly huge ensemble. Also, I am HERE for that tiny m/m ship
+ Lady Smoke also takes the political elements of the previous novel and ...more
I loved the new geopolitical angle we got and how it tied back to book ones ending. I was NOT expecting anything that happened in the last like.. quarter of the book. I like this romance triangle set up and am insanely curious to see how that's going to be tackled in book 3. Theo just grew a shit ton in this book alone but it's like night and day comparing her to the start of Ash Princess to the end of ...more
As you can see above, I rated this book 2.5/5 and that was being generous. So, all things considered, this is going to be more of a rant than anything else. SPOILERS WILL FOLLOW.
Did I warn you enough about spoilers? Did you get the point? Good. Moving on.
I had preordered this book and received it on release day back in February. When I read Ash Princess, the first book in this trilogy, I had genuinely enjoyed it. There was an engaging ...more
'There is something to be said for someone seeing your darkest parts and accepting you anyway'
In this spell-binding and much darker sequel to Ash Princess, Theo, finally away from the Kaiser, sets out on a journey to discover herself and try to regain her rightful throne.
I actually really enjoyed this read. The character development is evident, and the characters' growth, particularly Theo's and Art's are brilliant! However I did still feel that this was a bit cliché at times, and ...more
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