RELEASE DATE: May 26th 2015
AUTHOR: Sabaa Tahir
GENRE: Young–Adult, Fantasy,Romance
SUMMARY:Set in a terrifyingly brutal Rome-like world, An Ember in the Ashes is an epic fantasy debut about an orphan fighting for her family and a soldier fighting for his freedom. It’s a story that’s literally burning to be told.
The World that the author created named Serra is ruled by the Martial Empire in which the scholars are considered as the Slaves. The Scholars must abide by the rules of the Martial Empire if not the consequences will be death. If anyone participated or assisted to the resistance in any way they will be executed by the Martial soldiers or by the dangerous assassins named as “masks”.
The story starts with Liah and her family who’s happiness turns into a sudden tragedy when both her parents were killed by the martial empire and her brother is taken into custody. Liah’s brother was accused of treason for assisting the resistance. With nobody to help, she seeks the resistance to help her brother. She makes the deal with the resistance by assisting them in finding secret passages to the black cliff academy where young students where trained to become a martial soldier.
While this was going on, we get to meet Elias Veturius the finest and perfect martial soldier who plans to desert the academy due to the brutality and ruthlessness of the field. But Elias was convinced to stay and participate in the contest for the next martial Emperor by the Augur named Cane. There was insta attaction when Elias paths crosses with Liah for the first time. Liah was slaved under the martial commandant. Even though enduring lots of tortures she still struggles for her brother. I liked how the author portrayed Liah who was naive and innocent and brave. I thought Elias and helene will end up together but nope they didn’t. There was a possible triangle between Elias, Liah and keenan which didn’t bothered me at all but my problem lies with Liah who’s got mixed feelings for both Elias and keenan.
In the contest for the next martial emperor we get to meet mythical creatures known as wights,efrits,jinns,wraiths. At the start of the book I thought that the augurs are the bad guys but after completing the book I’m having my doubts which can be answered by reading the next installment.I hope there is a sequel to it because it couldn’t end like that.
Sabaa Tahir done a tremendous job in making the readers want for more and i want more. I found that paramount already taken the moive rights for this book and I will eagerly wait for it. Although i wanted to give it a five stars but honestly there were some little flaws so I have to give it a four stars and I highly recommend this book to everyone.