An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
Published: Razorbill, April 28th, 2015
Source: Hardcover, purchased
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!
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!
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!
***Quotes taken from Goodreads.com and An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir***
*Info on book taken from Goodreads.com*
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