I bought this book on a whim when it was on sale…and I am so glad I did!
What a great read!
Title: An Ember in the Ashes
Series: An Ember in the Ashes #1
Author: Sabaa Tahir
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, its 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.
‘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.’
And that’s what happens to Laia and Elias……
Laia, a Scholar whose race is enslaved by the Empire and Elias, a Mask with the best of bloodlines. Both have defining moments that change the course of their lives forever.
This was a dark, gritty page turner full of intrigue, action and some of the best characters I’ve read in ages!