Review: An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
(An Ember in the Ashes #1)
Hardcover, 450 pages
Published April 28th 2015
My rating: 5 out of 5 stars

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…

I’m not sure what took me so long to read Ember in the Ashes, everyone talks about how great this book is, and now I must agree with them.  A huge thank you to the Facebook group, BuddyRead with Me, if it wasn’t chosen this month for buddy read I’m certain that I would not have picked it up for a while.

The beginning was a little slow but it quickly picked up until the very end.  The point of view alternates between Laia and Elias, two very different characters.  It took me awhile to warm up to Laia, I felt she was very insecure and na├»ve in the beginning.  Later I really liked how her character developed with inner strength and courage. Elias is undoubtedly one of the best male characters I've ever read about. He is powerful warrior with a kind heart. I loved his determination to remain true to himself and his beliefs through every obstacle he faced.  I was saddened by his journey in this book and by his anguish from the Third Trial.

I can’t wait to pick up the sequel, A Torch Against the Night.  Book three in the series is expect in 2018 and apparently Paramount Pictures has acquired film rights for Ember in the Ashes, something to look forward to.

Happy Reading ~


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