ARC Review: Kingdom of Ashes

Kingdom of Ashes
Kingdom of Ashes by Rhiannon Thomas
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Release date: February 23, 2016

Asleep for a hundred years, awoken by a kiss, Aurora’s life was supposed to be a fairytale. But since discovering that loyalty to the crown and loyalty to her country are two very different things, Aurora knows she can only dream of happily ever after. Once the enchanted princess, savior of her people, she is now branded a traitor.

Aurora is determined to free her home from the king’s tyrannical rule, even if it means traveling across the sea to the kingdom of the handsome and devious Prince Finnegan—someone who seems to know far more about her magic than he should. However, Finnegan’s kingdom has perils of its own, and any help he gives Aurora will come at a price.

As Aurora and Finnegan work together to harness her power—something so fiery and dangerous that is as likely to destroy those close to Aurora as it is to save them—she begins to unravel the mysteries surrounding the curse that was placed on her over a century before…and uncover the truth about the destiny she was always meant to fulfill.

After running away from her fate, Aurora is lost – she has no specific purpose other than, well, the king has got to go. But living on the run isn’t exactly ideal conditions for planning an overthrow of the ruler. So, she approaches Finnegan, the dashing but obnoxious prince from their neighbouring rival kingdom – he can teach her all he knows about her strange magic, and she will help him with the dragon issue of his kingdom. But, as they work together uncovering the past, and her curse and everything else that mattered, she is also drawn to him. Her position being what it is, she can’t exactly trust his intentions. But she is willing to go for what she wants, for a change, rather than just doing what is expected of her.

Aurora goes through a major character development in this book. She was naive but smart earlier, but now she also knows how cruel the world can be and how fast the adoration of people can be turned against her. She battles with her destiny of being the ruler, and her personal desire of having nothing to do with ruling. The plot was focused on her uncovering her past, and while some things weren’t entirely unpredictable, there are some shocking twists. Eventually, Aurora has to once again make some hard decisions, and deal with the dragons, albeit not in the way we were expecting. Hers and Finnegan’s romance is a bit of the unpredictable sort – she absolutely hated him in the previous book! But it all works out well to a good ending; perhaps, even a complete one. I do think it might have another book, though, and I would very much be interested in reading that one. The series so far has definitely been above expectations.

Received a free galley from HarperTeen, via Edelweiss, in exchange for an honest review.

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One thought on “ARC Review: Kingdom of Ashes

  1. I really want to read this. I really enjoyed the first book. Great review. It is interesting to see her and Finnegan developing into a couple. I have to get this book now. I love Sleeping Beauty, it is my favorite fairy tale. Thanks for reviewing this!

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