5 / 5 stars
Read in February 2020
Book #3 in the Ash Princess trilogy
A fantastic end to an amazing trilogy! I never expected to fall in love with this story, these characters, and this world as much as I did. Of all the YA fantasy series I’ve read over the past year, this is the finale I looked forward to the most, and it definitely delivered.
Laura Sebastian continues to use this story to explore thought-provoking topics echoed throughout the trilogy, including morality in times of war and the idea that no person can be categorized simply as good or evil. Theo is my resilient, fierce queen who reclaims her power and finds her voice with the help of the most lovable entourage you could ask for in a supporting YA cast.
Magic, sword fights, romance, deep friendships, cliffhangers, a complex villain, a heroine that makes you want to cheer out loud… this trilogy has it all.
By no means was this book perfect, as some of the plot in Ember Queen was predictable and there were a couple of (smaller) loose ends I would’ve liked to have seen tied up; however, these elements were easy to overlook with what this book accomplished regarding characters, worldbuilding, story, stakes, and just…pretty much everything. I will miss Theo and her crew, but it comforts me to know I can always go back and reread her story in the hopes of learning something new and falling more in love with the series every time.