LAIA is a Scholar living under the iron-fisted rule of the Martial Empire. When her brother is arrested for treason, Laia goes undercover as a slave at the empire’s greatest military academy in exchange for assistance from rebel Scholars who claim that they will help to save her brother from execution.
ELIAS is the academy’s finest soldier – and secretly, its most unwilling. Elias is considering deserting the military, but before he can, he’s ordered to participate in a ruthless contest to choose the next Martial emperor.
When Laia and Elias’s paths cross at the academy, they find that their destinies are more intertwined than either could have imagined and that their choices will change the future of the empire itself.
First Sentence: My big brother reaches home in the dark hours before dawn, when even ghosts take their rest.
Welcome to the review where I give my first five star of the year. I don’t know if you know this, but I don’t give out five star ratings easily. In fact, I only gave out two five star ratings in 2014. Yes, you read that right, two. An Ember in the Ashes definitely deserves five stars from me: it was intense and absolutely epic, has a ship you will definitely ship, and pulls out all the feels. My goal today is to make every single one of you to get a copy of An Ember in the Ashes and read it for yourself because it is that good. You can always thank me later.
1. SABAA TAHIR ISN’T AFRAID TO PULL ANY PUNCHES.
The first thirty pages of An Ember in the Ashes was already full of death, blood, and gore. In short, it was brutal. The entire book continued to be extremely intense; there wasn’t a moment where I wasn’t biting my nails or gasping or even making little annoying squealing noises (hey, I couldn’t help it). I promise you that An Ember in the Ashes will constantly keep you on the edge of your seat, desperately wanting more, hoping that the characters you’re rooting for will be safe.
2. THERE WASN’T A SINGLE DULL MOMENT IN THE BOOK.
An Ember in the Ashes is an fast paced, action-packed book. Every single page will leave you breathless and totally not bored. You will finish this book faster than you think.
3. THE WORLD-BUILDING IS AMAZING.
The Rome aspect of the world definitely didn’t disappoint and I can vividly picture every part of the world in my mind. There are also TWO MAPS in the finished copy of the book. One thing I didn’t see coming at all was that An Ember in the Ashes has a supernatural element to it. No, I’m not talking about supernatural creatures like wolves and even vampires, but other unique supernatural creatures, some I haven’t even heard of before until I read An Ember in the Ashes.
4. YOU WILL FEEL ALL THE FEELS.
You will feel scared. You will feel angry. You will feel disgusted. You will feel the need to commit violence. In short, you will feel ALL THE FEELS.
5. I TOTALLY SHIP THE ROMANCE.
I SHIP IT. I SHIP IT SO HARD. In fact, I will go down with my ship (aka I will cry like crazy if they don’t get together and pick other people to be with instead)! For awhile, it looked like my ship wouldn’t sail (there were hints of a love square blooming), but after reading the entire book, I can safely say with confidence that my ship will sail eventually. Hopefully. (I hope I just didn’t jinx that. If I did, GAH.)
Are you guys sold yet? If those five reasons still hasn’t made you want to grab a copy of An Ember in the Ashes and read it asap, I don’t care. Just trust me: You guys NEED this book in your life. Have I ever steered you wrong before? Preorder this books guys. Preorder it NOW.