An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

An Ember in the Ashes
An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book was fantastic! Straight into my favourites for the year and I cannot wait for the next instalment to be released!

– This book follows the lives of two young people. We have Laia who lives under the rule of the Martials, Laia and her family are known as Scholars and have been conquered by the Martials and driven into slavery. We then follow Elias who has been brought up within the Martial society – he is known as a Mask. The Mask’s are an elite fighting force who have been selected and trained by the Martials, the Masks are brought up to kill, torture and aid the Martials by keeping the Scholars under control.

– We switch between the perspectives of Laia and Elias and eventually their paths cross. In Laia’s story we learn that her brother has been caught and is being tortured by the Martials – Laia’s one goal is to find and free her brother before it is too late. In the first chapter in which we follow Elias we discover that he is not happy being a Mask and wishes to escape the life he has been brought up to lead. Unfortunately it is not an option to leave the Masks and Elias has to make some tough decisions on how to continue this life that he loathes. Once the two stories begin to weave together I struggled to put to book down – the connection that builds between Laia and Elias is fantastic!

– This novel was brilliant – I haven’t read a fantasy story that has sucked me in so quickly in a really long time! The characters were incredibly relatable and I loved them all (even the bad guys!). The novel was so fast paced I hated having to put the book down, the action in contrast to the beautifully written relationships that build between the characters is wonderful and incredibly exciting!

– I loved the characters, I loved the setting, I can’t recall anything that I didn’t love! I would highly recommend to everyone (with a little warning that there is a lot of violence and mention of rape – so be cautious if you don’t like of reading those themes).

– 5 out of 5 stars and I hope the next part lives up to the brilliance of the first!


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