Written by: Sabaa Tahir
Release Date: April 28th 2015
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
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Set in a terrifyingly brutal Rome-like world, An Ember in the Ashes is an epic fantasy debut about an orphan fighting for her family and a soldier fighting for his freedom. It’s a story that’s literally burning to be told.
LAIA is a Scholar living under the iron-fisted rule of the Martial Empire. When her brother is arrested for treason, Laia goes undercover as a slave at the empire’s greatest military academy in exchange for assistance from rebel Scholars who claim that they will help to save her brother from execution.
ELIAS is the academy’s finest soldier—and secretly, its most unwilling. Elias is considering deserting the military, but before he can, he’s ordered to participate in a ruthless contest to choose the next Martial emperor.
When Laia and Elias’s paths cross at the academy, they find that their destinies are more intertwined than either could have imagined and that their choices will change the future of the empire itself.
If I had to choose two words to describe An Ember in the Ashes, they’d be: compelling and intense.
The good thing about both of those words is that I don’t think they’re really positive or negative on their own. Something can be compelling or intense without being enjoyable, right? I usually use those words as a positive thing, true, but I have to use them in a more neutral way when describing Ember, because that’s how it felt for me. Compelling, intense — but I’m not sure I’d go so far as to say Ember was hugely enjoyable, for me.