An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

Title: An Ember in the Ashes

Author: Sabaa Tahir

Publisher: Razorbill

Series Status: 1st novel in An Ember in the Ashes series

Page Count: 446

Rating: 4.5/5 stars

Synopsis: 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.

Review: This is one of the best fantasy/dystopia books I have ever read. There are so many great aspects to this that I want to mention.

First of all; the world building. The world that the author creates in this is so interesting that I want a book just describing all of the races history and how everything came to be the way it is. It really is fascinating, and I just love the way the author sets it all up.

This book is a rollercoaster of emotions. There are so many things that take place in this that give you a whole bunch of feels. There were times I was laughing, crying, and sometimes a bit of both. The events that take place in this will mess you up but leave you wanting more.

The characters I found to be really interesting. Helene is probably my favourite out of all the characters, because I find her to be extremely mysterious. There are so many things that are going on with her throughout this that leaves you wondering. She is an extremely strong female character, and I really hope that in the next addition to the series we get to read from her point of view.

I found Laia to be…..undecided. Half of the time she seemed whiny, and the other half of the time I really liked her and thought she was brave and a nice character.

Overall, this is a great book and the only reason it didn’t get 5 stars is because throughout the whole thing I felt like there was something missing. I’m not sure what, but I hope it is there in the next book.

I give this book 4.5/5 stars and would highly recommend it to fans of fantasy and dystopia.

For more reviews from readers of An Ember in the Ashes, click here.

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