What you are about to read is a book review from someone who haven’t read a book this good in a long longe time. Excuse me if i sound crazy 😛
As you seen from the title, I, who haven’t been able to fell in love with a book for a long time, read “An Ember in the Ashes” by Sabaa Tahir . I’m sorry for taking too long to even update with book hauls or just photos but i’m taking this easy!
This book destroyed me, i felt anxious everytime i read it. I felt the need to read more to understand what Laia and Elias where going through, what the Cook really is, how could Izzi handle so many years, how Helene felt, how the Commander was able to be like that and what she was planning, what the Augurs are saying and so much more…
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.
Don’t judge the book by that last paragraph, this is not 100% love story. For me it has enought loving moments and short to me is just the right amount. The plot has a large amount of twists of at least some points we might not be expecting.
The world Sabaa built is amazing, from the creatures to the mystic elements and the culture. Even with all the action going on, almost everything is explained, you understand everything and how the characters fit in this world.
You are left with a ton of questions just like me but that questions are what make this book so f*ing good.
Read this book, just read it. The characters grow in a way I felt compelled, I felt my feelings in them and how they went through them. Give it a chance and don’t compare it with anything you have read before.
I gave it 5 stars!
I will make this the old fashioned way, by characters.
Laia: By the end this girl made me want to become a better version of myself, she went from this depressed state to a understanding state. Understanding she has every right to be depressed but she needs to take that and become stronger. I didn’t understood exactly the relationship with Keenan. She liked him because of his kindness but that was it. Elias felt different for me, maybe because of the point of view but, even though I felt their love was kind of insta-loving, I felt for them and their pain, especially when there are in Elias bedroom just talking, that was the moment I felt the insta-love disappeared.
Elias: Elias, Elias… Your broken boy but with a conscience. You also broke Helene heart. I like Elias and Helene relationship not in a love like relationship but like friends that know what they mean to each other. I understand that feeling, attraction is a side effect of human nature. I know Helene loves him but I don’t even know how I fell about this relation really I don’t.
Elias got my grip on the first Trial, when he saw all of the dead bodies and how he didn’t wanted to be like his mother. Telling his back story only gave me more reasons to like Elias.
Cook: WHO THE HELL IS THE COOK?!!?!?! I was almost betting it was Laia’s mother until the commander said it had killed her. But what about her father? I really want to know who the Cook is and how she knows so much.
Commander: Can I tell you a secret? I actually liked her, in a bad way but liked her. Her scenes were one of the things I felt so immerse when reading. I don’t like her actions though.
Augurs, other creatures and other civilisations: I want to know more, more and more. This was the part I think needs to be even more explained. The way Martials were “created” and how they know the war, how dark forces rise as the war is upon them. Please Sabba don’t take too long J
This is it, I hope you enjoyed it!