An Ember in the Ashes

by Sabaa Tahir

5/5 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.

Favourite Quote:

“Life is made of so many moments that mean nothing. Then one day, a single moment comes along to define every second that comes after. Such moments are tests of courage, of strength.”
― Sabaa Tahir, An Ember in the Ashes

Em’s Review:

So good. So so good.
Thank God there is a sequel to this one. The first chapter had me.. I was absolutely drowning in the emotion that this book inflicted onto me. How a book can make you second guess the story line every bloody chapter is unreal.
There is no way anyone could of guessed what happened in this book.
I really enjoyed how the book took two different perspectives from Laia and Elias. Two completely opposite sides of the coin and how their hearts yearn for the same thing. As a reader, I knew there were to intersect at sometime but it was such an amazing contract to read each others stories.

Absolute pleasure Sabaa Tahir – I will be getting book 2 as soon as it is out in Aus!



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