Thursday, May 7, 2015

Review: An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir


An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 04/28/2015
Age range: 14 - 17 Years
Source: Purchased
I WILL TELL YOU THE SAME THING I TELL EVERY SLAVE.
 THE RESISTANCE HAS TRIED TO PENETRATE THIS SCHOOL COUNTLESS TIMES. I HAVE DISCOVERED IT EVERY TIME. IF YOU ARE WORKING WITH THE RESISTANCE, IF YOU CONTACT THEM, IF YOU THINK OF CONTACTING THEM, I WILL KNOW AND I WILL DESTROY YOU.

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. 

  An Ember in the Ashes is a spellbinding page turner. Tahir created a world full of political intrigue, sword-wielding action, and a cast of unforgettable characters. This is one of those books that whispers tantalizing words like - ‘one more chapter, just one more chapter’ – just be prepared for some sleepless nights. I was loathe to put this book down but in the end, sleep won the battle.

Told from alternating POVs, I was taken on a mind-boggling journey where danger lurked at every turn and every word or action could be used against you. This book is bloody fabulous – literally. I love how gritty the world that Tahir has built is. There’s always some unforeseen threat and when it happens, you’re pulled into the story even more. I felt for these characters – the things they had to go through were unfathomable.

This is one of those books that will stick with you. I didn’t want it to end and I just know there will be a follow up. I would encourage anyone to give this book a try. Hopefully, you’ll be just as enthralled as I was.

Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

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