An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
Title: An Ember in the Ashes
Author: Sabaa Tahir
Release Date: April 28, 2015
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
❥Synopsis: 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.
❥My Review: I can’t tell you enough about this book! Too much for one simple review.. This book has everything a reader look for in a novel, thrill, suspense, (some) romance, courage, betrayal, loyalty.. Did that get your attention? Well it certainly had my full attention.. Now, as many of you know I absolutely LOVE YA Fiction. I go especially crazy over the romance novels.. but this here, is my first Fantasy, Dystopian novel that I’ve read and it was perfect to make me fall in love with the genre.
We meet Laia who is confronted with the ultimate survival test, after a tragic event takes place. We are witness to her journey that makes her gain strength and courage that she didn’t know she had and finds out the difficult truth about her past and present. I loved reading about Laia’s journey, not only did her character grow before us, but many of us would agree that in some way we see ourselves in her, I know I did.
We also meet Elias, a young man conflicted with his life who at the same time is not only wanting to make a better change for himself but the world around him, while finding that the people who surround him are not most supportive. Reading in alternating points of views we follow them through their journeys, one that will be heartbreaking, hopeful and every type of emotion you can think of. It’s such a wonderful read that will captivate you from the start.
It’s definitely what I needed, and I certainly can’t wait to read the next book!