Title: An Ember in the Ashes #1
Author: Sabaa Tahir
Goodreads Synopsis: Laia is a slave. Elias is a soldier. Neither is free.
Under the Martial Empire, defiance is met with death. Those who do not vow their blood and bodies to the Emperor risk the execution of their loved ones and the destruction of all they hold dear.
It is in this brutal world, inspired by ancient Rome, that Laia lives with her grandparents and older brother. The family ekes out an existence in the Empire’s impoverished backstreets. They do not challenge the Empire. They’ve seen what happens to those who do.
But when Laia’s brother is arrested for treason, Laia is forced to make a decision. In exchange for help from rebels who promise to rescue her brother, she will risk her life to spy for them from within the Empire’s greatest military academy.
There, Laia meets Elias, the school’s finest soldier—and secretly, it’s most unwilling. Elias wants only to be free of the tyranny he’s being trained to enforce. He and Laia will soon realize that their destinies are intertwined—and that their choices will change the fate of the Empire itself.
A whole new world to me, the first diverse book I’ve read and loved. It was a bit slow in the beginning, and a little hard to get into each characters’ head. I guess, this is my first Sabaa Tahir book so I don’t quite understand her writing style… yet. But that changed after the first chapter. I was totally in the characters’ head, and that made it easier to follow. The voice from the characters was clear and real. I was caught on and it wasn’t difficult to understand the narrative. The dialogues gave me more reason to NOT put the book down. I love reading them!
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