Saturday, 13 June 2015

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
Published: Razorbill, April 28th, 2015
Pages: 446
Source: Hardcover, purchased
Genre: Fantasy
Rating: 4.9/5

How I Felt: I absolutely loved this book! It deserves all the hype it's been given! Such a strong first novel for Sabaa Tahir. This book didn't even feel like a debut because the writing style was beautiful, the pacing was fantastic for a fantasy, and the action leaped off the pages! I'm so glad this book was given a sequel because I need to find out what happens to the characters!

It did take me a while to get into the book but that was just because I had to wait for the world building to fit together in my mind, and once that worked itself out everything picked up from there and I couldn't put the book down! This takes place in a very interesting world, reminicent of ancient Rome and this was one of the many factors that drew me to the book in the first place. While reading I could see all the elements of this world slowly falling into place, and I'm so excited to see it develop and grow even more!

What I love about this book is that it's filled with action and mystery and fantasy, and the romance takes a back seat to all this. I appreciate this because it isn't something that's done a lot in YA. On the romance side of things I do have to say that for most of this book I was torn between who to ship. But after the events leading up to the end I'd have to say I'm all for Elias and Laia.

I really liked that near the end we got to learn a little more about the Commandant. I hope in the next book we get to dive in even further and learn more about her relationships with the Nightbringer as well because there are quite a few theories floating around. I'd also like to learn a lot more about the Augurs and the history behind them more. As well as the mystery still surrounding Helene. I also hope we get to see and learn more about the Tribes and Scholars because their history was brushed over quite a few times.

My least favourite character would have to be Helene, I just found myself hating her more and more as the story went on. I do not want her and Elias to be a thing, I don't trust her at all. The way she treated the Scholars and everyone who was inferior to her was infuriating!

This book is told from two P.O.Vs: Elias and Laia. I did like Elias' chapters more, I just find his voice so interesting and unique and I can't wait to learn more!

Overall, I really enjoyed this book! I don't really have too many bad things to say which is amazing! In the next book I
'm hoping we'll get to learn more about Laia's parents because there are some fishy things going on there, I also hope we get to learn more about Mazen and the rest of the Resistance. I definitely recommend this book to everyone!

Thanks for reading!

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