Review: Kingdom of Ashes

ashesTitle: Kingdom of Ashes

Author: Rhiannon Thomas

Series: A Wicked Thing #2

Pages: 368

Published: February 23, 2016 by HarperTeen

Source: Library

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.

Brimming with captivating fantasy and life-threatening danger, the sequel to A Wicked Thing takes Sleeping Beauty on an adventure unlike any she’s ever had before.

The sequel picks up exactly where the last book left off. This one was so much better than the first one which has it’s pros and cons. I feel with the first book it needs to grab you and keep you wanting more and A Wicked Thing didn’t quite do that with me. The only reason why I grabbed the second book was to give me something to read while in between other books. It was once again a quick read and I spent a couple of hours reading it.Though it didn’t quite keep me enthralled that I got distracted by other things going on.

Aurora has left behind her kingdom and her happily ever after to purse information about her past, her new found magic and how to defeat the King. She comes across a small village and soldiers find her where her fear of being taken overwhelms her and she starts a fire which burns the whole town to the ground. Only when she meets up with Nettle does she have a place to go- Finnegans kingdom which lays across the sea. There she meets up with the green-eyed prince and starts her journey on finding out who she is and why she has magic. Celestine is not far behind her and haunts her every move though it takes a while for her to pop up. Aurora finally has a backbone and starts to take fate into her hands and grows but she still does stupid things and becomes very wishy-washy. There is A LOT of “I don’t knows” throughout the whole book which I got annoyed at by the end of it. Finnegan and Nettle are probably my two favorite characters. I want to learn so much more about Nettle and her backstory. There was a little bit of a twist at the end of the story but I kinda figured it out but the magic that Aurora actually has was a twist. I still wish we had more background information about it rather than these bits and pieces.

Not sure if I will read the last book or not. Maybe? I don’t know when it will come out but if it’s a long while and I have to read the two books again I probably won’t.




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