An Ember in the Ashes (An Ember in the Ashes #1) by Sabaa Tahir
Published April 28th 2015 by Razorbill
Genre: YA, Fiction, Fantasy
My Rating: 5/5 Stars
Brilliant. This book was nearly perfect.
Sooooo we have:
Elias – Hunk with a big heart and morbid curiosity about his female surroundings.. YOU KNOW IT’S TRUE.
Helene – Remember Celaena Sardothian? I found her human twin. Don’t mess with her, folks.
Laia – This girl I can relate to. She struggles with very real emotions that control her at times (like fear)… but when push comes to shove… she overcomes. I can’t remember who said this quote- but I think it describe’s Laia’s actions. “If you’re afraid, thats fine. DO IT AFRAID!” So despite her weaknesses, I was rooting for her hardcore.
Keenan – I’ll just say this. I look forward to seeing where his character ends up.
The story was very emotional and an incredible ride. I don’t even want to give a hint to what the story is about. I didn’t read the description before I read this – and I’m SO thankful for that. I had no clues.. and I loved it.
It is told from both Laia and Elias’s POV (which I only thing multiple POVs work if they are done REALLY well…) and this certainly was. I got to know the heart behind these characters. Their struggles and emotions were very real and very raw. I felt their pain with them!
I highly recommend this to those on a burn-out from your average fantasy. It kept a great pace and kept me guessing.
Now for a few *VERY MINOR* complaints which did not hinder my love in any way:
1. So apparently this is a magical universe. I didn’t figure that out for a while. The magic system was confusing… same for all the “classes” of humans. Apparently there are “Fey” in this world? That didn’t seem fitting. The world felt like a mashup of several genres… and I was just a little lost. Please note that this did NOT take away from me loving the story.
2. Lots of killing. Be warned. I’m not convinced it was all necessary. I get it- I do.. but I think the emotional impact would have been just as strong had the author been a little less brutal.
Either way- this is a book that I think anyone can enjoy. I’m looking forward to the next book in August!!