TITLE: An Ember in the Ashes
AUTHOR: Sabaa Tahir
Series: An Ember in the Ashes
GENRE: YA Fantasy / Romance
Quotes from AEITA
“Fear is only your enemy if you allow it to be.”
“You are an ember in the ashes, Elias Veturius. You will spark and burn, ravage and destroy. You cannot change it. You cannot stop it.”
“I’d rather die than live with no mercy, no honor, no soul.”
“There are two kinds of guilt: the kind that drowns you until you’re useless, and the kind that fires your soul to purpose.”
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.
Very few stories actually start from page 1 and even fewer maintain the thrill and anticipation till the end, An Ember in the Ashes is one of the best Crime Fantasy I’ve ever read with an exceptionally strong character line and plot.
The story starts when Laia decides to fight back for her brother, her family and goes through torture, adventure, manipulation and a lot that we weren’t ready for. There are so many other characters in the series that I love and hate, friendships and relationships and also magic.
The commandant is one of the best features of the series, reminds me of Umbridge but exceeds in cruelty by at least 10 times and oh boy will you hate her, but that’s not even the start of it, there’s war in every corner of the Empire and Magic and Rebels and Scholars and tribes…
Sabaa doesn’t deprive us of any fun and thrill and writes POV of all the characters, gotta love her for that. oh and she isn’t merciful at all, the author would make you sob and fear and Love and hope and then just take it all back in an instant but at the same time leaving you craving for so much more.
I don’t remember the last time I enjoyed the series so much, I tried not giving out any spoilers but then the review doesn’t do justice to the book at all.