An Ember in the Ashes

In YA Book Reviews on May 25, 2015 at 5:19 pm


by Sabaa Tahir

YA High Fantasy/©2015/464 Pages/Part of a Series/Recommended for Ages 12+

Publisher’s Blurb (Courtesy of Goodreads):

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.

My Thoughts:

What a stunning debut novel! The characters are unique and fascinating, and the plot is compelling and full of twists and surprises. Definitely a page turner!  This was supposed to be a stand alone book, but a sequel has recently been announced and is already in the works. Good to know because I have lots of unanswered questions!

News Release – There will be a sequel!!!

Other Thoughts:

NPR Review (includes interview with the author and book trailer)

Companion Books:

The Throne of Glass series, The Winner’s Curse series, and Grisha series


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