My rating: 5 of 5 stars
It was sooooo good you guys!!!
Let me start by saying that everyone who loves Fantasy should read An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir. I have been sitting on writing this review for about a month now and I still don’t know how to write something that will do this story justice so apologies in advance if my review is a rambling mess.
Laia is a scholar and when her brother is arrested for treason, she goes undercover as a slave for one of the most brutal people in the empire in exchange for help from the rebels. Elias is one of the best soldiers at the Blackcliff Military Academy and he is looking for a way out. As their worlds crash into each other, they are both forced to do things they never thought they would have to do.
I saw so much growth and change in Laia throughout the whole book. At first she was so afraid of everything and as she steps into a life that forces her to face her fear head on, she has to figure out how to survive. Trust me, there were times that I wasn’t really sure whether she would make it or not…she has a really tough time considering she is a slave to the Commandant of the Academy who just happens to be ruthless and looking for a reason to make everyone afraid of her.
Another piece of the story I thought was well done was the friendship between Elias and Helene. It was clear (to me) that there was more than a friend relationship between them and although their feelings for each other evolved, I thought Elias did the right thing in how he handled things. As they work their way through the nightmare of the trials, things shift for these two and they figure out where they really stand with each other.
The world building in this story is incredibly done. I know I say this a lot for Fantasy books but I honestly have no idea how authors think up the worlds and settings for their stories. Tahir has created this world that is harsh and divided but also interjects some light into a story which gives me some hope.
I really don’t want to say a whole lot about the story because I don’t want to give anything away. I will say, if you are looking for a book with action (violent, bloody action), great characters, and a fantastic story that will have you wondering what will happen on the next page, you should absolutely check this one out. I can’t wait to see what Tahir gives us next and am excited to see where this story goes. Now…is it too soon for me to beg for a copy of the next book?
Thank you to Penguin for the review copy!
My rating: 5 of 5 stars