Review of An Ember in the Ashes (An Ember in the Ashes #1) by Sabaa Tahir

An Ember in the Ashes (An Ember in the Ashes #1)  by Sabaa Tahir


Review: I have heard many different things about this book, and it seems to be all of them at once and not. While the book was enjoyable and brutal in many different ways. Its really hard for me to say what I felt for this book. Overall I know I felt that the romance for both characters felt like the author was trying to force two different pieces of a puzzle together, going as far as to cut them up to make them work. A better improvement would have been for no real romance and more of a cold hearted Laia, and to keep Elias as he was.

But for the author to set up different two sets of characters and then to flip it all upside down, let me a bit confused and unsure of the plot itself. But for all the other aspects of the storyline and how the book progressed. It was good, not great, but good enough for me to finish reading it and wonder about what might happen in the next book.

3 out of 5 stars.

446 pages. Hardback.

Young Adult. Romance. Fantasy. Science Fiction.

Published by Razorbill.


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.

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