An Ember in the Ashes
Books | Young Adult Fiction / Fantasy / Epic
BOOK ONE IN THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING SERIESOne of Time Magazine’s 100 Best Fantasy Books of All TimeOne of Time Magazine’s 100 Best YA Books of All Time Instant New York Times bestsellerFrom #1 New York Times bestselling author Sabaa TahirAmazon's Best Young Adult Book of 2015People's Choice Award winner - Favorite FantasyBustle's Best Young Adult Book of 2015 “This novel is a harrowing, haunting reminder of what it means to be human — and how hope might be kindled in the midst of oppression and fear.” — The Washington Post “An Ember in the Ashes could launch Sabaa Tahir into JK Rowling territory…It has the addictive quality of The Hunger Games combined with the fantasy of Harry Potter and the brutality of Game of Thrones.”—Public Radio International "An Ember in the Ashes glows, burns, and smolders—as beautiful and radiant as it is searing."—Huffington Post “A worthy novel – and one as brave as its characters.” —The New York Times Book Review 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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"This was such a great and captivating book! The world-building was amazing and I just love the characters. I loved how Laia finally came to find strength in herself. I don't know how I feel about the love triangles between the main characters, but they definitely keep the story interesting and making you wish for two to be together. 5/5 🌟 "
"Too dark for me but good "
"This story is very slow and building but in a very good way. It never stood still or drug on something was always happening. I feel like it was a big building block for the world and the rest of the story just setting you up for something epic to come. While reading, you are on a journey with the characters learning with them and they world is so well explained it's easy to see it too. I love books like that. Some people forget the world around and I can't place the characters but this was no such book. The story was intriguing, the masks, the slowly realization of magic and strange creatures. It just had a great pace and I love the aspect of seeing both points of view from both main characters."