Title: An Ember In The Ashes
Author: Sabaa Tahir
Publication Date: April 28th 2015
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.
I loved this book and I can’t believe it took me so long to actually read it. I definitely understand the hype surrounding it and I think it’s well deserved.
The characters were the best part of this book for me. I just loved all of them so much. The angst and pain that they go through makes my heart hurt but ultimately also fulfills all my fantasies.
Laia is a precious bean of a character who goes through so much in a short amount of time. She’s such a fascinating character who has so many facets that you learn about throughout the course of the book. The strength that she displays was amazing. I want to both date her and be her.
Elias is honestly one of the best male characters I’ve read in awhile. He’s also now one of my favorite male characters ever. I just loved him so much and want to protect him so that nothing bad ever happens to him. I know that is a tall order and something will probably happen to him but I can dream.
I loved the writing. I found Tahir’s writing style beautiful and captivating. I think my favorite was her world building and the way that she drew me into her world.
I really really loved the plot and the story. There were a lot of twists and turns that I wasn’t expecting which made the book interesting and fun to read. I also liked finding out how everything is connected. I definitely have some theories and I can’t wait to find out if I’m right about them in the next books.
I’m currently listening to the audiobook for A Torch Against The Night and it’s been a thrilling ride. I’ve loved every second of it and I have been trying to make it last as long as possible. I might hold off on reading A Reaper at The Gates until the final book comes out because I don’t want to have to wait for it. I definitely recommend this if you’re looking for a luscious fantasy with amazing characters.