An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir – A Spoiler-Free Book Review

I’ve done it! I’ve finally finished An Ember in the Ashes and boy let me tell you, it was well worth it! What a book… listen people, if you haven’t read it yet now is the time! A Torch Against the Night will be out in no time (literally the 30th is like days away) and now is as good a time as ever to get going on this awesome series with the book’s publisher Razorbill announcing that books 3 and 4 are planned to be released!


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Ok, so on to the book. Let me begin with the fact that I love the characters. I totally felt like Laia and Elias were real people, I felt so connected to them it was ridiculous. The beginning of the novel made me uncertain of how I would feel about Laia she just seemed so weak and unimportant… boy, was I wrong. Talk about character development, Tahir has got that down. Laia’s story and her journey through this whole novel makes it totally worthwhile. Everything that had to do with Laia has astounded me, she has grown and shown so much strength towards the end of the novel that looking back at the first Laia that we are introduced to it’s hard to tell it is the same character.

Elias is the perfect counterpart to Laia in the novel, he exudes everything that is meant to be Laia’s opposite and I think I might even like him more than I do Laia. Elias just is the ultimate literary bf (second only to Rhys, but I mean come on…) I love the warring issues that Elias has throughout the novel and his character development through the novel is striking as well.

The Empire that Tahir created while awesome in it’s own sense was very confined. I mean the whole book happened in one single part of the world and I can’t wait for A Torch Against the Night to see what else Tahir creates.

I loved that every character that was mentioned in the book had some story or still provoked some sort of feelings from me. There weren’t hardly any throw-away characters in this novel at all and I loved that. Everyone in the book had some sort of importance to them and I truly felt so connected to even supporting characters like Izzi, Cook, Spiro, and even Zac.

All together, I definitely cannot give this book any less than a 5/5 and I’m so glad that that is the case because it totally deserves the rating and I don’t know how many times I can say it but I CANNOT WAIT FOR A TORCH. Keep an eye out for our group discussion on it coming September 3rd!


Have you read this book yet? What are some of the things that you liked or didn’t like about the book?

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3 thoughts on “An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir – A Spoiler-Free Book Review

  1. YES, this has definitely been one of the best reads in my bookish life. I could go on and on ranting about this and it still won’t be enough. Haha.. Plus I loved the way the characters were tested and how the author didn’t make clear with whom Elias ends up with. πŸ˜„πŸ˜„πŸ˜„

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