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review 2018-10-19 13:09
#54 - A Reaper a the Gates y Sabaa Tahir
A Reaper at the Gates - Sabaa Tahir

I remembered being really excited for this book after finishing A Torch Against The Night but then I did not pick it up directly after it came out. I also thought I would read this really fast but I also took my time reading it. I could not totally focus on this book and I can’t say why. Not because it was bad or I was not interested in the story but I was not into it as much as I would have liked to. I think it was a bad time for me to read this and I should have picked up a lighter book (that is what I did right after though). Still, I enjoyed this book!

 

I think this book was my least favourite of the three because I was not happy with what happens to Elias in it. I am actually kind of sad and furious about his storyline. However, after the events of the last book I was expecting to see less of Helene Aquilla and it was a great surprise to see that she was so present in the book. I love her character and I think she is really interesting. She was less torn between staying faithful to the Empire and helping Elias in this book but the poor girl has a lot of bad things happening to her. I feel like Laia wa also way less present in this book but I did not really care. I can’t say why but I am not a fan of her.

 

The storyline was not predictable and full of surprising events. I just think that it was a bit too slow sometimes.

 

This book was massive and it took me a lot of time to read it but I still really enjoyed it and I will definitely read the next one.

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review 2018-08-24 17:28
Eine Fackel im Dunkel der Nacht
Elias & Laia - Eine Fackel im Dunkel der Nacht: Band 2 - Sabaa Tahir,Barbara Imgrund

Elias und Laia sind auf ihrem Weg im Widerstand gegen das Imperium vereint. Sie entkommen den Machthabern in Schwarzkliff und kämpfen sich den Weg in Richtung Kauf frei. Laias Bruder soll aus dem berüchtigten Gefängnis befreit werden, weil sein Wissen die Rebellion entscheiden kann. 

„Elias und Laia. Eine Fackel im Dunkel der Nacht“ ist die Fortsetzung von „Elias und Laia. Die Herrschaft der Masken“. Der erste Band hat mich wahnsinnig beeindruckt und ich konnte kaum erwarten, den weiteren Weg der Figuren zu verfolgen. Allerdings habe ich gezögert, weil ich fürchtete, der Zauber des Orients könnte verflogen sein. 

Der zweite Teil schließt nahtlos an den Vorgängerband an. Sobald man das Buch aufschlägt, ist man mittendrin in Elias und Laias Flucht. Man riecht den Rauch der Brände, drückt sich an Wände und kämpft erneut gegen mächtige Gegner an. 

Elias, der die Ausbildung zum Elite-Soldaten mit Bravour gemeistert hat, stellt sich gegen das Imperium, um dem Sklavenmädchen Laia zu helfen. Schon lange hat er am Soldatentum, der Unterdrückung durch das Imperium, und dem Lebensstil gezweifelt. Er sieht sich durch die vorhergehenden Ereignisse in seiner Entscheidung bestärkt.

Das Sklavenmädchen Laia wurde von den Rebellen als Spionin in Schwarzkliff eingeschleust. Obwohl sie im Widerstand gegen das Imperium einen wichtigen Kampf sieht, geht es ihr an erster Stelle darum, ihren Bruder aus der Gefangenschaft in Kauf zu befreien. 

Hingegen hat sich Elias Freundin und bisherige Mitstreiterin Helena, dem Imperium als Elitesoldatin verschrieben, und ihr wird die höchste Position als Blutgreif zuteil. Ihr Auftrag ist es, den abtrünnigen Elias zur Strecke zu bringen. Damit erweist sie nicht nur dem Imperium die Ehre, sondern garantiert die Sicherheit ihrer Familie. 

Allein an den Figuren lässt sich ablesen, dass es sich um eine äußerst brutale Geschichte handelt. Genau wie im ersten Band, scheut Sabaa Tahir keine Konflikte, keine Kämpfe, und lässt den Wüstenstand im Blut ertrinken.

Der orientalische Zauber hält weiterhin an, weil bösartige Dschinns durch die Wüste ziehen, Karawanen von Händlern vor den Soldaten des Imperiums fliehen, und sich Elias und Laia mitten durch die Gefahren ihren Weg nach Kauf bahnen.

Allerdings hat mich die Handlung nicht mehr so wie im ersten Band an die Seiten gebannt. Es gibt Intrigen, diabolische Überraschungen, bezaubernde Momente und blutige Auseinandersetzungen, dennoch hat mir das Prickeln zwischen den Charakteren gefehlt. 

Obwohl Laia titelgebend ist, hat mich Helena von Anfang an mehr fasziniert. Sie ist ein komplexer Charakter, hochintelligent, gefährlich und gleichzeitig mit einem liebevollem Herz gesegnet. Hingegen hat Laia eher naiv, manchmal sogar blass, auf mich gewirkt, weil sie als Spielball zwischen den Mächten fungiert. Elias ist der unschlagbare Elite-Soldat, der unter der Last seiner Entscheidungen am Zusammenbrechen ist. Sein Part hat mich gefesselt. Ich mag sein strategisches Denken, seine ausbildungsbedingte Überlegenheit, und es gefällt mir, dass er trotz allem realistisch bleibt.  

Zum Ende hin wartet Sabaa Tahir mit großartigen Überraschungen auf. Sie schafft es, der gefährlichen Reise von Elias und Laia eine unvermutete Wendung zu verleihen, und geht dabei auf sagenhafte Hintergründe ein. 

Alles in allem habe ich „Elias und Laia. Eine Fackel im Dunkel der Nacht“ gerne gelesen, mich im Wüstensand verzaubern lassen, und habe mich an der Seite von Elias den Kampf gegen Masken gestellt. Obwohl es dem Vergleich mit dem ersten Teil nicht standhält, ist es eine märchenhafte Fortsetzung, die im orientalisch-anmutenden Stil in 1001 Nacht entführt. 

 

Die Reihe um Elias & Laia:
1) Elias & Laia. Die Herrschaft der Masken
2) Elias & Laia. Eine Fackel im Dunkel der Nacht
Source: zeit-fuer-neue-genres.blogspot.co.at
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review 2018-07-30 20:27
An Ember In The Ashes- DNF at 102 pages
An Ember in the Ashes - Sabaa Tahir

You know, I used to feel really, really guilty about putting a book down before I had finished it. Like I owed the author something. But after suffering through way too many terrible books with one-dimensional characters and cliche plots, I learned I only owe MYSELF the respect of actually enjoying what I read.

 

This book, what I was able to read of it, was boring as crap. At first, I was okay with the characters, but the more you read, the more you realized they were absolutely lacking in any depth. Elias is just the straight-A, rich jock type with mommy issues, Laia is the pretty-not-pretty girl with no spine but a world of talents and no brain.

 

The world, which was billed as Rome-like, didn't feel Roman at all. In fact, I didn't feel much world building at all. 

 

The names of the people in this book were like something from a children's book. The Martials, the military types. And the Scholars, the smart ones. Really?

 

The Resistance uses Laia as a spy to bring down the Empire. That's the point I quit because Laia, despite her parents supposedly being huge Resistance leaders, is an idiot. What well-oiled revolution is going to use a stray they just found in the sewers as their spy? It reeks of stupidity on all parts. The girl couldn't even say a sentence without stammering and she's being sent into the Commandant's quarters.

 

Oh, and there's lots of mention of rape. The Masks, the really "good" assassins, really like rape. 

 

 

Is this what passes as literature? This book was so fucking hyped it's all I saw on my Instagram feed for months. God, I have got to learn to trust you guys here over pretty pictures on Insta. Those people take great pics of trash writing.

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text 2018-07-26 20:10
Reading progress update: I've read 79 out of 464 pages.
An Ember in the Ashes - Sabaa Tahir

I like the way this audiobook is using 2 different people. A guy for Elias and a girl for Laia. And the story is engaging enough as it is. I'm afraid at this point in my life I have become a major book snob and I'm overly picky about whether I like plots or not. Love triangles, instalove, the pretty girl who doesn't know she's pretty and so many other YA tropes have become my enemies. When I find a YA novel that is actually sort of entertaining it's a relief. Nobody this far in is dumb as mud, and the main characters have pretty straight forward motivations. I appreciate this so much.

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review 2018-07-09 22:06
A Reaper At The Gates... SQUEE!!!
A Reaper at the Gates - Sabaa Tahir

How do I convey the beautifully succinct writing by the venerable Mrs. Sabaa Tahir without gushing incoherently?!? I'll try my best... here goes...

 

If you haven't already started this series I HIGHLY recommend you do so immediately. It is an affirmation of Hope and ceaseless Possibility in the face of dire, desperate circumstances... a theme that is extremely poignant due to the chaotic/ uncertain times we currently live in. From the very start we are dropped off right into the chaos where A Torch Against the Night left off. The pacing was perfect. There were twists and betrayals and bloodshed... Oh My!!

 

The characters were rich and nuanced. They felt like old friends/nemesis you have grown to love and love to hate. They were crafted magnificently. True to the dichotomy of real life personas, each one was depicted as varying shades of grey. I loathe characters that are drawn either purely White or starkly Black... BRING ON THE GRADIENTS BABY!!! Mrs. Tahir manages to make you feel empathy and compassion for the antagonists (after seeing what lead them down the path toward hatred and wickedness). I felt conflicted (as I'm sure you will see) as to who was the "victim" and who the evildoers...for all had claim to both... and really, isn't that the mark of a well written, truly visceral hero/villain?? The multiple POVs worked. They played off of the next person's arc so skillfully that I was saddened each time a chapter came to an end. Elias's role, on the other hand, felt like fodder... or the sticky icky pie filler that could have easily been left out (if not for his usefulness in the last quarter of the book). It felt like he was used as a means to move things along in places that needed a quick plot progression That was a little sad since he was, and should continue to be, an integral player...imho.

 

This installment was multifaceted. It boasted nefarious jinn, mischiviously violent ghosts, seers/Augurs, a smattering of warlocks, a tiny dallop of romance, twisty reveals and LOADS of bloody vengeance. What else can you possibly want in a book?? It's a gritty book in a heart wrenching series and I love every single word of it!! I will continue to shout its praise from the mountaintops.... mountaintops I say and I truly, deeply, infatically believe you will too. Go ahead, prove me wrong, I'd love to read all about it.

 

~Enjoy

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