“A ​Sky Beyond the Storm” (An Ember in the Ashes #4) (2020) – Sabaa Tahir

A ​Sky Beyond the Storm by Sabaa Tahir Spoiler Free Review

Finished reading 11 July – 15 December 2022


Less than 5-word critique: compelling, surprising and violent.

Yes, I know. This was a long read ride since July but most importantly, I finally finished this fantastic series before the end of the year. Wow. What can I say? What a finale. Without saying a lot. What a read. All the characters we know and love come together, like the Avatar: The Last Airbender series finale, to face a great evil and conclude their stories.

Without giving too much away, the fourth and last book focuses on all the main characters who must work together to prevent a powerful and supernatural force that threatens their world and their existence.

The beginning felt a bit slow at first until later on the story felt more binge-worthy. Tahir’s writing style is incredibly well done.

Ah, the characters. I loved Laia, Elias, Helene, Livia, Harper, Musa, you get the idea. Even the villains I thought were written greatly. When I say the Nightbringer, is it fair to say he makes a good villain? Overall, I think these are great and unforgettable characters in YA fantasy literature. I liked all their journeys and what they learned from experiences and remained true to themselves while also changing for the better. Empathy is one of the themes and messages from A Sky Beyond the Storm I enjoyed the most.

Much like the previous books, I also really liked the world building. From Roman empire inspired settings, to supernatural realms.

Would you say the series is great for fans of Game of Thrones, the mentioned Avatar, and Gladiator, as I said so in previous reviews? I think so.

Plus, parts of the novel for me felt like an epic Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) film.

Recommended to those who enjoy:
*Forbidden romance
*Paranormal activity
*Satisfactory finales
*Strong main and side characters
*Twists and turns
*Great romantasy stories
*Thought-provoking narratives