An Ember in the Ashes (sampler) – Review

Duty first, unto death…

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.

Goose-bumps, seriously. Keep your heart for yourself.

This book sound amazing, and not just from the description. I read a sampler (around 20 pages) of this book, and already, things are being set up beautifully.

As soon as the book starts, things are happening. Not I-went-to-school-and-failed-my-math-test things but things that are changing the main character’s lives right now. And while I understand that sometimes books need build-up, my favourites are always the ones that just get to business.

The field of battle is my temple…The swordpoint is my priest. The dance of death is my prayer. The killing blow is my release.

Elias sounds at once intense and vulnerable. There were only a few pages about him, but I’m really looking forward to seeing how these words are part of his personality and how they figure into the side of him that, right now, seems frightened.

Laia, I can tell, I’m going to like. She’s conflicted (and who isn’t?) and she doesn’t know how she should act and I think that’s going to become more and more interesting as she’s forced to make harder and harder decisions.

The writing style is beautiful, the kind of descriptive lyrical writing that makes me just melt into the book.

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir releases April 28, 2015. Until then, read the sampler of An Ember in the Ashes and other 2015 Penguin Teen releases in the viewer below! You can click the viewer in the middle to read full screen.

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