January 7, 2016

An Ember in the Ashes

An Ember in the Ashes (An Ember in the Ashes #1)
Sabaa Tahir
446 pages
Published April 28th 2015 by Razorbill
Source: Purchased
4/5 Stars
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.
This book was very fast paced and pretty badass. An Ember in the Ashes is about a girl named Leia who’s older brother is arrested for treason. She seeks out rebels and makes a deal with them that she will risk her life spying within the empires greatest military academy in exchange for her brothers rescue. There Leia meets Elias, the schools greatest solider who secretly plans to desert, but must stay once he is chosen for a brutal competition to be the next emperor.

Leia is such a unique character in YA. In many young adult fantasy novels the main female character has some sort of special power, or can fight really well, but this is not the case with Leia. She has absolutely no fighting skill and she isn’t leading any rebellions or escaping from dire situations with her superb fighting. She’s afraid and she’s going to admit it, she’s got almost no means of protection while her life and body are in constant danger.

I really liked Helene and Elias’s complicated relationship. They went through so much together and I adored their devotion to each other and how hard they tried to protect each other. Even though they did have different ideals, Helene was extremely devoted to the Empire while all Elias wanted was to be free of the Empire, they still tried to protect eachother.

An Ember in the Ashes really surprised me because I wasn’t expecting to love it as much as I did. It was so shocking and unique with such amazing characters and a very coherent world.


  1. I really liked this one, too. It's been a while since I read it, though, so my memories of what happened are a little foggy. I remember really liking Helene. Her relationship with Elias was great. But, I also feel a little sad for her, and I secretly would enjoy if her and Elias ended up together.

    Sarah @ Kerosene Lit

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