Tahir spins a captivating, heart pounding fantasy Us WeeklyRead the explosive New York Times bestselling debut thats captivated readers worldwide Set to be a major motion picture, An Ember in the Ashes is the book everyone is talking about.What if you were the spark that could ignite a revolution For years Laia has lived in fear Fear of the Empire, fear of the Martials, fear of truly living at all Born as a Scholar, shes never had much of a choice.For Elias its the opposite He has seen too much on his path to becoming a Mask, one of the Empires elite soldiers With the Masks help the Empire has conquered a continent and enslaved thousands of Scholars, all in the name of power.When Laias brother is taken she must force herself to help the Resistance, the only people who have a chance of saving him She must spy on the Commandant, ruthless overseer of Blackcliff Academy Blackcliff is the training ground for Masks and the very place that Elias is planning to escape If he succeeds, he will be named deserter If found, the punishment will be death.But once Laia and Elias meet, they find that their destinies are intertwined and that their choices will change the fate of the Empire.In the ashes of a broken world one person can make a difference One voice in the dark can be heard The price of freedom is always high and this time that price might demand everything, even life itself....
|Title||:||An Ember in the Ashes (Ember Quartet, Book 1)|
|Format Type||:||Kindle Edition|
|Publisher||:||HarperVoyager 28 April 2015|
|Number of Pages||:||400 Pages|
|File Size||:||789 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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An Ember in the Ashes (Ember Quartet, Book 1) Reviews
I started An Ember in the Ashes yesterday, finished it today and whilst I am still stunned by its beautiful story, I just *need* to write this short review so that more people will read this wonderful book and fall in love with it.The book has everything a great fantasy novel needs: likeable/relatable characters, an amazing plot with twists that will leave you on the edge of your seat or make you want to throw away your book, supernatural elements and a fascinating world. The world-building is incredible and I just want to know more! The maps of the world and of the military academy were great and I often looked at them for reference.Sabaa Tahir knows how to spin an intriguing tale and she knows which words she has to use to make her readers (want to) devour this book in one sitting. Whilst there are romantic elements in Ember, they are only minor because the story actually does not need a romantic subplot. So many interesting things are happening that the romance takes a backseat (it's still nice, though).If I had read the ebook I would have hightlighted so many amazing and profound quotes that make me sit down and think about them. Here is one of them:“Life is made of so many moments that mean nothing. Then one day, a single moment comes along to define every second that comes after. Such moments are tests of courage, of strength.”In a nutshell: I loved An Ember in the Ashes and I can only recommend it to anyone who wants to read a stunning fantasy novel! Sabaa Tahir deserves all the praise she is getting for Ember.I am already looking forward to the sequel, which will be published next year, and wish anyone who decides to purchase this book after reading my review: happy reading!
I happened to find this book by accident as is was advertised on one of my bookmarks I got from my bookstore. Reading the summary on it, which was in German, I was not very convinced but searched online and the English description was much more appealing to me. So I decided to order the book and was super excited to start reading.And it blew my mind. I started reading as soon as I could get my hands on the book around noon and was done sometimes in the same night. I literally could not put it down as Sabaa Tahir’s writing is so capturing I was totally lost in the story and the characters as they get more and more background and depth the farther you get into the story. You can understand their feelings, plans and hopes and why they take the actions they do.Written from a first person point of view the chapters on each character do a good job on making you feel and see the way Laia or Elias take in their surroundings and situations. It is also easy to differentiate between the two main protagonists as the personality is reflected in the writing style. This way you also get to see how they grow on a task or are uncertain and sometimes weak on the inside yet overcome their fears to achieve their goal because they do these things more for others than for themselves. But just like every other person they are not perfect and they fail, they get hurt physically and mentally, and they sometime are at the edge of their strength.The setting is described equally wonderful because enough space of the book is used so everything can be imagined while at the same time does not bore you to read through these passages. To keep track of the locations that the plot takes place there is a marvellous map at the beginning of the book.I think this book is truly magnificent as I don’t get annoyed with the protagonists on any point of the story because even if they do things I wouldn’t do, from the way it is written I can understand their motives. Because of that and the well-crafted characters with flaws and everything I never had the feeling that the author introduces a storyline that just gets to be in the book because it is convenient for the progress of the main story.I really am looking forward to the release of the second book to see how the story advances further with maybe utterly different sides of the protagonists because of new dangers or tasks they have to face.
High-Fantasy-Serie, recht brutal mit unterjochten Völkern und brutalen Kriegerherren, angereichert mit unheimlichen magischen Wesen. Die Altersgruppe ab 14 finde ich angesichts der Brutalität etwas tief.Als die 17-jährige Vollwaise Laia vor den Schergen der seit 500 Jahren herrschenden Feinde fliehen muss, die ihre Grosseltern abschlachten und ihren Bruder Darin gefangen nehmen, setzt sie alles daran, ihren Bruder zu retten, auch auf Kosten ihrer Gesundheit und ihrer Freiheit. Sie wendet sich an die heruntergekommene Untergrundorganisation ihrer Landsleute und verdingt sich als Sklavin bei ihrem Feind. Sie landet ausgerechnet bei der sadistischen Kommandantin Karis, die ihre Eltern auf dem Gewissen hat.Seit 14 Jahren erleidet Elias den brutalen Drill der Militärschule des Reiches, erlebt, wie viele seiner Mitkadetten sterben und wünscht sich nichts anderes, als weit weg zu sein; er plant seine Flucht. Diese wird vereitelt, als er als Anwärter auf den Kaiserthron auserwählt wird, den er sich aber erkämpfen muss.Die Autorin hat einen sehr guten und kurzweiligen Schreibstil, die Geschichte ist faszinierend und gut aufgebaut, wenn auch streckenweise zu ausgedehnt. Zum grossen Teil jedenfalls. Nicht so überzeugend kommt die Naivität von Laia rüber, die in ihrem Alter und mit ihrem familiären Hintergrund gewitzter sein müsste. Die dubiose Rolle von Mazen ist eigentlich bereits am Anfang klar und zu offensichtlich. Zuwenig wird über die Auguren erklärt, gewisse Sachen können sie, andere aber plötzlich doch nicht, wahrscheinlich, damit es zur Geschichte passt. Brutalität hat es viel; etwas nervig ist die beginnende romantische Dreicksgeschichte. Ein bemerkenswerter Erstling.