This week’s Waiting on Wednesday is An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir. An Ember in the Ashes releases in April 2015, and it’s definitely one I’m going to pre-order.
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.
LAIA is a Scholar living under the iron-fisted rule of the Martial Empire. When her brother is arrested for treason, Laia goes undercover as a slave at the empire’s greatest military academy in exchange for assistance from rebel Scholars who claim that they will help to save her brother from execution.
ELIAS is the academy’s finest soldier— and secretly, its most unwilling. Elias is considering deserting the military, but before he can, he’s ordered to participate in a ruthless contest to choose the next Martial emperor.
When Laia and Elias’s paths cross at the academy, they find that their destinies are more intertwined than either could have imagined and that their choices will change the future of the empire itself.
Vow your blood and body to the empire.
Keep your heart for yourself.
I really like the plot of this book. What’s interesting about it to me is that the two story points don’t seem obviously connected, so I’m looking forward to seeing how the two ideas come together. I also love the last line of the description: keep your heart for yourself.
You can check out a sampler of An Ember in the Ashes along with several other 2015 releases here, thanks to ISSUU and Penguin Teen: