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. Goodreads
About the Book:
Author: Sabaa Tahir
Book length: 446 pages
Series: An Ember in the Ashes #1
Genre: Fantasy, YA, Romance, Dystopia, Fiction, Magic, Adventure, Science Fiction
Rating: 5 out of 5 quills
Starting reading: June 3
Finished reading: June 9
“You are an ember in the ashes, Elias Veturias. You will spark and burn, ravage and destroy. You cannot change it. You cannot stop it.”
What did I think of the book? [spoilers]
I loved the book. It’s a fast paced story, which I favor. I truly liked the excitement and tension build up in the story. It was hard to stop reading. Sabaa has a gift for making the readers cling to the story. All those mini cliffhangers at the end of chapters make you want to read on and on and on. The timing of switching between Laia and Elias is utterly perfect.
I love how Sabaa made the characters. The humanity in Elias while being made a ruthless mask is truly charming. One would hate the masks like Laia does. They kill without remorse and follow orders without question. The way Elias defies the Empire, the Commandant and the orders is marvelous. It makes Elias such an interesting and loveable character. And from the way he’s described he seems hot ^^
Helene sounds like a perfect, loyal mask. Strong, following orders without question, ruthless, quick and loyal to the Empire. But her love, friendship and slyness make her so damn interesting to follow and learn all about her and her story. I can’t wait to read A Torch Against the Night and continue her story!!
And of course Laia. She’s a delight to read about. I love her stubbornness [I’m so stubborn too hehe] and her toughness. Being tortured like that and not giving up. True love and loyalty for her brother. Her spirit leads to victory and to the next part of her journey. She’s so brave to spy in the house of the Commandant and to defy her. Being suppressed like that you’re whole life, seeing your family murdered and still being able to risk your own life for your brother and for one who you must hate deeply but can’t, that’s being brave.
Although I hate the ending because I can’t read on right away I loved those two last sentences. So strong, so powerful!!