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Tuesday 11 August 2015

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir ~ Review + Excerpt

So excited for today's post. An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir is a loudly touted favourite and she's a debut Author who has just gotten a deal with Paramount to create this book into a movie...yes it was THAT fast! Congratulations to Sabaa Tahir for her wonderful achievements.

Did you miss the #OzYAChat with Sabaa Tahir? Don't despair I've included a recap of the Twitter chat, I've also got An Ember in the Ashes trailer and a sample chapter to whet your appetite.

An Ember in the Ashes

by Sabaa Tahir 

Series: An Ember in the Ashes #1
Released: April 28, 2015
Format: ARC
Buy It Now: Amazon | Kobo | Google Play | iTunes

What if you were the spark that could ignite a revolution? For years Laia has lived in fear. Fear of the Empire, fear of the Martials, fear of truly living at all.

When Laia's brother is taken she must force herself to help the Resistance, the only people who have a chance of saving him. She must spy on the Commandant, ruthless overseer of the Blackcliff Academy.

In the ashes of a broken world one person can make a difference. One voice in the dark can be heard. The price of freedom is always high and this time that price might demand everything, even life itself.

~ Review ~  

Ember in the Ashes tells a tale of two people from two very different backgrounds who cross paths in their adventure to seek out freedom for themselves.

Set in Ancient Rome where two class citizens fight to rule the kingdom. The Scholars who were overthrown and the Martials aka "masks" that now rule the kingdom. The resistance/rebel fighters are constantly seeking the opportunity to take back leadership, whilst the Martials continue to rule with an iron fist.

Laia is Scholar born and her Parents were the head of the Resistance, but both her parents died for the cause. Fate would have it that Laia would soon be in the hands of the woman that killed both her parents.

Elias is a Mask studying at the Blackcliff Academy, a school that trains Masks to be Martials, they are trained Assassins. He's main desire is to simply escape the life bestowed upon him through kinship.

Ember in the Ashes are told in alternating point of views between Laia and Elias. Their lives become intertwined and despite being on two different sides of the ongoing war between their people, they soon start to question where they stand, and why they are choosing to stand on those sides.

Ember in the Ashes is a wonderfully written debut novel by Sabaa Tahir. It is an intriguing tale that have you turning the pages rapidly. The twists and turns navigate this story well, and I thoroughly enjoyed the mystery that continued to be expelled at every turn. This story certainly grasps you from the very beginning and as you take your last breathe upon reading the novel you realise that you've been holding your breathe...yes it was one of those books!

Sabaa Tahir certainly has talent, she wielded this story and adventure perfectly, slowly manifesting information as it was needed and not a moment too soon, I really enjoyed this, as this is what kept me turning the pages. Not every mystery was easily guessed, which again is a fantastic part of this book as it kept me engaged and interested to keep reading more. Definitely looking forward to reading the consecutive books to this series.

About The Author

Sabaa Tahir

Sabaa Tahir grew up in California's Mojave Desert at her family's eighteen-room motel. She began writing An Ember in the Ashes while working nights as a newspaper editor. She likes thunderous indie rock, garish socks, and all things nerd. Sabaa currently lives in the San Francisco Bay area with her family.



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