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An Ember in the Ashes Book Review


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Book: An Ember in the Ashes
Author: Sabaa Tahir
Genre: YA Fantasy / Dystopia
 Rating: ★★★

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Leia is a slave. Elias is a soldier.

I don’t know a lot of the ancient Rome, but I’m excited to read books set in that place. Rome has so much history I don’t know about, and for I can see in the internet, it is a beautiful place. I’m glad this book is set in that time.

An Ember in the Ashes is told in two PoV’s. As I said, we have Leia the slave, and Elias the soldier. At first I wasn’t enjoying Leia’s characters, because she was annoying, but then I learnt to like her.

Leia’s brother was taken away by the Empire, and now it’s her “job” to do anything in order to find him. She encounters a group of rebels so, Leia starts working with them, and that’s how she starts being a slave at Blackcliff. She thought she was weak, and I hated that. According to her and the rebels, her mother was brave, but Leia thought she wasn’t like her mother at all. I don’t like when people think that way. If you think you’re not brave, you’re going to be afraid of everything, and you won’t do amazing things because you think you’re not brave enough. At the end of this book, Leia was the most brave woman in Blackcliff, but I’m pretty sure she hasn’t realized that yet.

Elias is the Commandant’s son. He’s an amazing soldier in Blackcliff… probably the best. He’s there because he has no choice, but he wants to run away. He’s sick of the reign of the Empire, the rules, the madness, how they treat slaves. Unlike Leia, Elias knows he’s brave. I loved how his chapters were full of anger (idk why, but I felt that). I really enjoyed how well developed and amazing his character was. Don’t get me wrong, Leia was amazing too. I think that was one of the things I liked about this book. Every character developed so good, and that’s so important in a book, especially in series. Sometimes the characters develop slowly throughout the series, but for me, these characters developed so good in this first book and I can’t imagine how amazing they’ll be in the sequel.

Also, we have amazing side characters like Keenan, Izzi and Helene. They were so well written and well developed, just like the main characters. I care so much about Izzi. That girl is so strong, and she cares so much. I feel like Keenan is a man full of mysteries, but also, an intriguing man. I hope he appears often in the sequel, because I’m pretty sure he’s a character I will love. About Helene, well… I loved her, I do. Such an strong soldier who likes to follow the rules of the Empire. I’m pretty sure she’s going against the Empire, but we’ll see about that. Also, there’s something special going on with her, and I cannot wait to read more about that.

The plot felt like the same as others books; a boy and a girl want to rebel against the empire (or the government, whatever). As I said before, the Empire took Leia’s brother, but we still don’t know why. We know that he worked with a man developing weapons, and that he had a sketch book where he had everything, but did the Empire really took him because of that or is there another reason? On the other hand, we know Leia’s parents were the most important rebels, but we don’t know anything else. Also, we have trials, and they gave me a Hunger Games vibe. I don’t know if that happened to others while reading this.

I felt like there were so many unanswered questions in this book, but I’m hoping to have some answers in the sequel. I feel like we need to know more about Leia’s family, the Empire, the Augurs, Elias’s father, who’s the traitor because I don’t think is Mazen… I think there’s someone else, and the Cook’s real name. I NEED ANSWERS. I NEED MORE INFO. Anyway, I loved how you cannot tell who’s in the good side and who’s in the bad side. I will always love that. About the romance, well… I’m a hopeless romantic and I enjoy love triangles. In this book we have two, yes TWO love triangles. Well, I don’t know if we can call al of that love… I think it was lust and desire.

I had high expectations for this book, but I didn’t enjoyed it as much as I thought I would. For me, this book didn’t lived up the hype. Either way, An Ember in the Ashes is an action-packed story, full of well developed and amazing characters. Such a great introduction to this series. I’m looking forward to read the sequel.

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3 thoughts on “An Ember in the Ashes Book Review

  1. I didn’t like this book quite as much as I had anticipated, either, but I still did really enjoy it. I thought that setting was the best part of the novel, along with the alternating perspectives that helped build suspense while simultaneously keeping readers in the know. I’m so excited for A Torch Against the Night! 🙂


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