Book Reviews

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

🌟 5 stars 🌟

Honestly, I wasn’t entirely sure what to do with my website for the longest time. I’ve decided that I’ll turn my blog into mostly book reviews, but sprinkled with some random articles about topics that interest me. I’ll start with reviewing a book that I read recently but has become one of my favorites! This book is An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir!

 

Blurb:

Laia is a slave. Elias is a soldier. Neither is free.

Under the Martial Empire, defiance is met with death. Those who do not vow their blood and bodies to the Emperor risk the execution of their loved ones and the destruction of all they hold dear.

It is in this brutal world, inspired by ancient Rome, that Laia lives with her grandparents and older brother. The family ekes out an existence in the Empire’s impoverished backstreets. They do not challenge the Empire. They’ve seen what happens to those who do.

But when Laia’s brother is arrested for treason, Laia is forced to make a decision. In exchange for help from rebels who promise to rescue her brother, she will risk her life to spy for them from within the Empire’s greatest military academy.

There, Laia meets Elias, the school’s finest soldier—and secretly, its most unwilling. Elias wants only to be free of the tyranny he’s being trained to enforce. He and Laia will soon realize that their destinies are intertwined—and that their choices will change the fate of the Empire itself.

If you’re a fan of a fast-paced adventure that will have you struggling to put the book down, this book is for you.

The book begins with Laia’s grandparents being brutally murdered and her brother whisked away to prison. Laia is left having to fend for herself and figure out how to save her brother. I loved reading Laia’s character develop throughout the story from this shy girl who doesn’t believe in herself to a resilient girl that will do whatever it takes to save what she loves.

Elias’ story starts off at Blackcliff Academy; a school that trains children to be cold-hearted murderers. The problem? Elias’ does not agree with the school’s ideals and has plans to desert days before he’s supposed to graduate from the very school he loathes. The more I read about Elias, the more I just wanted to protect him, because he gets into all sort of trouble just for being steadfast in what he believes in.

I was enthralled with this book from the very start and this book made me feel SO MUCH. I was nervously turning each page because I wanted to know what happened next but I was also so scared to find out.

I felt for ALL the characters, regardless of if they were good or bad, because this book also did a wonderful job of humanizing the villains in the story. It was overall, a book that captivated me and left me wanting more.

I read the sequel, A Torch Against the Night, soon afterwards and I loved it just as much as An Ember in the Ashes! A Reaper at the Gates comes out next month and it is one of my anticipated releases of 2018.

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