Elias and Laia are running for their lives. After the events of the Fourth Trial, Martial soldiers hunt the two fugitives as they flee the city of Serra and undertake a perilous journey through the heart of the Empire.
Laia is determined to break into Kauf—the Empire’s most secure and dangerous prison—to save her brother, who is the key to the Scholars’ survival. And Elias is determined to help Laia succeed, even if it means giving up his last chance at freedom.
But dark forces, human and otherworldly, work against Laia and Elias. The pair must fight every step of the way to outsmart their enemies: the bloodthirsty Emperor Marcus, the merciless Commandant, the sadistic Warden of Kauf, and, most heartbreaking of all, Helene—Elias’s former friend and the Empire’s newest Blood Shrike.
Bound to Marcus’s will, Helene faces a torturous mission of her own—one that might destroy her: find the traitor Elias Veturius and the Scholar slave who helped him escape…and kill them both.
Let me just start out with this:
This was my face pretty much the whole entire time reading and then some!! I honestly don't know how to sum up my feelings right now because the feels have literally exploded everywhere.... but I'll try my best! Hopefully my usage of GIF's will help you a little bit more.
Once you finish the An Ember in the Ashes and start reading A Torch Against the Night, you'll find out that it starts right where it left off. And let me tell you, it definitely starts out with a bang! Talk about INTENSE!!
Honestly, this book was probably the most intense book I have read this year! I was constantly on the edge of my seat wondering what was going to happen next. I literally found that my heart was pounding, I was holding my breath at times, and I couldn't help myself from saying "one more chapter" at least 5 times!
One of my favorite things about this book is that there's a little bit of everything. Romance, adventure, suspense, 3 point of views (Helene, Laia, and Elias), I could honestly go on.
Speaking of Helene... I was pleasantly surprised while reading was from her perspective. She wasn't one of my favorite characters in the first book, but I thoroughly enjoyed reading from her perspective. It's always refreshing when you get to know the backstory of a character that you never really cared for and yet it will change everything! Plus, the character development and the strength of her.....!
As for Laia and Elias, I loved getting to see the two of them get closer in this book. It's a nice contrast compared to everything else that is happening!
I normally don't like to mention this in reviews... but.... this is kind of something that I can't really leave out because *mind blown* THAT PLOT TWIST!!!
I mean, what the hell! I was NOT expecting that. I had to shut the book for a second to process everything that I just read! Should I have expected it?? Talk about whiplash lol!
Sabaa Tahir is also a literary genius. The way she wrote this book was spectacular. After reading each chapter from a different perspective, it will end with a cliff hanger. Thus making you want to jump right into the next chapter! I really couldn't find a good stopping point most of the time because I literally could not. stop. reading.
I can't wait for the next book to come out! I also hate saying that because then I realize how long it's going to take...
Word of advice before you get started... Grab some snack food, 5 hour energy drink, wear some comfy clothes, and get ready for a wild and intense ride! And maybe have a masseuse on hand for that whiplash you're going to receive. ;)
Sabaa Tahir grew up in California’s Mojave Desert at her family’s 18-room motel. There, she spent her time devouring fantasy novels, raiding her brother’s comic book stash and playing guitar badly. She began writing An Ember in the Ashes while working nights as a newspaper editor. She likes thunderous indie rock, garish socks and all things nerd. Sabaa currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her family. (Bio acquired from Goodreads.com!)