Jo’s Book Review ~ An Ember In The Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

Originally published: 28 April 2015
Genres: Young adult fiction, Fantasy Fiction

For me a good book is the one that makes my heart pound, makes me scream when any difficult situation is going on and makes me jump on my bed(I read on bed) in anticipation. An Ember in the ashes succeed in all the things mentioned above.

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.

From the Hardcover edition.

An ember in the ashes is an even paced, emotionally charged and a well done story about destiny, friendship and romance with lots of nice elements in it. Although,  I found it to be a tad bit slow initially but soon I got invested in the characters and the story and the mystery and the suspense and found myself liking it.

One thing I specifically liked about the book was that it wasn’t what I thought it would be. The feel I got from the blurb was wrong as the story progressed and many unexpected elements got introduced in it. Jo likes that.

Both the characters were equally important and interesting, unlike majority of YA where guy is just the love interest and the girl is everything in the plot. Elias got me a crush on him.

Overall, An Ember in the Ashes is a fantastic read. It sure as heck is going to be one of my favourite reads of 2017.

Rating – 4.5/5


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