Author: Sabaa Tahir
Series: An Ember in the Ashes #1
Publication Date: April 28, 2015
Genre: Dystopian, Fantasy, Romance, Young Adult
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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 by Sabaa Tahir got so much hype it was unreal. In fact, it got so much that I was really excited to read it even though I’ve been pretty bored with Dystopians for awhile. The cover is stunning and the summary of the book sounds good enough, right? Interesting with adventure, a bit of romance, and you have a lot of fighting supposedly. However, it took me almost a month to get through 446 pages of this book. I was not into this one and it felt like such a chore to get through.
The world building was amazing and I could see the route that the author wanted to take with the two classes of people, the strong female lead trying to save her brother and then the male lead that was the bad guy/not really a bad guy.
The trials that were to pick a new Emperor could have been so much better. I believe there should have been a lot more to the trials than what we got. The story was good and the cliffhanger at the end screamed that there was going to be a sequel to the book but it was all very hush hush however, yes there is An Ember in the Ashes sequel in the works.
Will I be reading it? No. No I don’t think that I will be. This story didn’t capture my interest enough to continue on with it. To be honest, I don’t care what happens to Laia or Elias at all.