An ember in the ashes – Sabaa Tahir


Under the Martial Empire, defiance is met with death. When Laia’s grandparents are brutally murdered and her brother arrested for treason by the empire, the only people she has left to turn to are the rebels. But in exchange for their help in saving her brother, they demand that Laia spy on the ruthless Commandant of Blackcliff, the Empire’s greatest military academy. Should she fail it’s more than her brother’s freedom at risk …Laia’s very life is at stake. There, she meets Elias, the academy’s finest soldier. But 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.

My opinion

I’ve heard so much about that book that it was high on my wishlist. And when I found out the Dutch version was only €5, I just couldn’t resist.

‘The ember in the ashes’ is the first part in this series from Sabaa Tahir and it’s a great fantasy series. From the beginning you’re thrown into Laia’s world, which doesn’t feel uncomfortable for one second. Sabaa Tahir has stirred up some kind of unintentional feeling, which makes you feel at home in the book, right from the start. Of course she has to describe the world, but it doesn’t feel like you’re in a strange world. At times it reminded me of the old Egyption world.

The chapters are set alternately from Laia’s and Elias’ perspective and you slowly find out what their connection is. This makes reading ‘An ember in the ashes’ very easily and entertaining as well, you won’t be slown down and the storylines are almost synchronised. You’ll quickly get a bond with both characters and the story is set up so well.

I’ve thorougly enjoyed this fantasy story, which combines not only excitement and love, but also a kickass female lead character. I love it!


‘The ember in the ashes’ by Sabaa Tahir is a fabulous first part in a series with exciting characters and a fantastic world. I’m really looking forward to the second part of the series!

‘De heerschappij van de maskers’ van Sabaa Tahir is een geweldig eerste deel van een serie met boeiende hoofdpersonen en een toffe wereld. Ik kijk echt uit om in het volgende deel te beginnen.


An ember in the ashes by Sabaa Tahir
Series: An ember in the ashes #1
Published by HarperCollins Publishers
Genres: Fantasy
Pages: 464
ISBN: 9780008108427

You can buy the book at Book Depository here.

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