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An Ember in the Ashes - Sabaa Tahir
An Ember in the Ashes
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Laia, 17, is a coward and so far, it’s kept her alive. As a Scholar living under the brutal rule of the Martial Empire, Laia knows that courage will only get her killed. Then the Martials imprison Laia’s brother for treason. To save him from execution, Laia must step out of the shadows and embark... show more
Laia, 17, is a coward and so far, it’s kept her alive. As a Scholar living under the brutal rule of the Martial Empire, Laia knows that courage will only get her killed. Then the Martials imprison Laia’s brother for treason. To save him from execution, Laia must step out of the shadows and embark on a quest that will take her from the haunted catacombs of her city to the halls of Blackcliff Academy, where the Empire trains its most feared soldiers. She must find the courage to defy everything the Martials stand for in a place where defiance has one outcome: death.Elias, 20, is Blackcliff’s finest soldier—and secretly, its most unwilling. Sickened by the prospect of hunting and killing Scholars who oppose the Empire, Elias decides to desert the military. But before he can run, he’s ordered to participate in the Trials, a ruthless contest to choose the next Martial emperor. Elias must wage war in the Trials with skill and ferocity while struggling with a deep inner ambivalence. For while losing the Trials might cost him his life, winning them could cost him his soul.When Laia and Elias’s paths cross at Blackcliff, 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.
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Edition language: English
Series: An Ember in the Ashes (#1)
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Lori's Little House of Reviews.
Lori's Little House of Reviews. rated it
5.0
Just have to say I just loved the book a whole lot. I have a favorite new character in Elais. I love how real he is and how much he wants to do the right thing even if he gets killed because of it. I like Laia and at the beginning I didn't think I would like her at all. I am so happy that it didn't ...
YA Fantasy - K.A. Wiggins
YA Fantasy - K.A. Wiggins rated it
4.0 An Ember in the Ashes
It took me a lot to get into this book - I'd put it down and not really care about picking it back up for the first 1/3-1/2, which I think was due to a combination of the dual POV narrative and the dark and dystopian setting. However, when I did pick it up I'd get sucked into the story and by the en...
The Layaway Dragon
The Layaway Dragon rated it
0.0 An Ember in the Ashes
WOW!!! I cannot wait to read the next one, though I'm going to have to for my library hold to come through. :(I'll be back with a review as soon as I can.
Dreamer
Dreamer rated it
4.5 An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
4.5 stars. An enjoyable fantasy novel, easy reading. I preferred the warrior Elias to the somewhat gullible spy/slave Laia. Some great world-building, I could see this as a movie.“The field of battle is my temple. The swordpoint is my priest. The dance of death is my prayer. The killing blow is my r...
LindaLeest
LindaLeest rated it
4.0 An Ember in the Ashes
The book was really good, and after finishing it I kept thinking what a great movie it would make.This book has two POV's.One from Laia, a scholar girl, that wants to free her brother, who has been taken by the masks. The other is from Elias, a mask trying to desert. Laia is not your typical YA hero...
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