Publisher: MacMillan Australia
Format Paperback from publisher
Pub Date 12th February 2019
Price $16.99 AUD
Star Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Lady Smoke was a fantastic second book in the Ash Princess trilogy. First off, I have to absolutely gush about the cover. This is honestly one of the most beautiful books I have ever seen. Once you see this cover in real life you will know exactly what I am talking about. The lettering is raised, the colours blend perfectly and it is completely eye catching. Not only is the cover amazing but the story was so good. When I first read Ash Princess I was hesitant as I heard mixed reviews, but I really really enjoyed it! I was so glad the same was true for Lady Smoke.
One of the things I love about this series is the main character, Theo. She is not your typical YA protagonist. If someone says anything remotely morally incorrect, ethically wrong or just plain stupid she calls them out. She stands up for herself, her people and her friends. I think she is one of my favourite female main characters out there in YA at the moment. She’s sassy without being arrogant and is completely charming. She had some witty one liners in Lady Smoke that made me laugh so hard.
Lady Smoke was full of action and even a little bit of mystery. There were some twists and a completely unexpected event towards the end of the book that had me screaming “yes!”. I love the fantasy aspect of gems being used to help those with elemental gifts. While the main plot of the book initially had me somewhat hesitant, I really enjoyed Lady Smoke. Our favourite characters are back along with some new ones which make you feel some very strong emotions. The world is well described, easy to understand and has really cool elemental magic infused throughout.
Despite Theo being one of my favourite female MC out there, at times I did roll my eyes and want to slap her silly at some of her inner thoughts and decisions. On one particular issue she flip flopped a bit (some of you may know what I’m talking about) and it only bothered me because that issue is something I don’t particularly like personally.
Theo has accepted her past and is working towards a better future. She reads as a very genuine character and I loved her character growth in this book. She’s not spoilt and knows she must work hard to be accepted as a leader. Her advisors and support team are amazing and its a group of people I’ve enjoyed reading about.
Overall though, Lady Smoke was really enjoyable. Its one of those books (and Ash Princess too) where you put it down and you are pleasantly surprised and happy to have read it. Laura Sebastian weaves a story of a fantastical world full of rebellion, hope and magic. It’s a fun read and I would recommend it and Ash Princess if you haven’t read it already.
Thank you to Macmillan Australia for providing my copy for review! I voluntarily read and reviewed this book and all thoughts and opinions are my own and do not represent the author or publisher.