“An Ember in the Ashes” (An Ember in the Ashes #1) (2015) – Sabaa Tahir

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir Spoiler Free Review

Finished reading 19 – 28 May 2022


Less than 5-word critique: brilliant, thought-provoking, and compelling.

Whoa. Where to begin with this one? “An Ember in the Ashes” is an unputdownable novel for…many reasons. It’s difficult yet important subject matter. The Roman Empire inspired settings. The characters. The search for liberty and humanity.

The first book as part of a series introduces us to the mentioned world where Laia and Elias live. Laia is a Scholar orphan who after her brother is captured, is determined to find the Resistance that can hopefully help her save her closest living sibling. Elias is a reluctant soldier in a school that trains Masks, people who are killers. It’s not long before the two protagonists’ worlds collide as they try to achieve a mutual goal; freedom from an oppressive world. 

Tahir’s writing is incredibly engaging and beautifully written. 
The plot and characters are sure to grab you due to how vibrant, compelling, and awesome they are.
Despite the harsh reality in the story, the settings are gorgeous to behold in your imagination land. 

I can’t wait for the second one; “A Torch Against the Night”.

Recommended to those who enjoy:
*”Gladiator” and “Game of Thrones” themes and vibes
*Sword action sequences
*Love triangles
*Complex characters; ones you’ll root for while others are completely awful in terms of personality and beliefs
*Ancient Roman aspects
*Entrancing plots