INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTELLER
“This novel is a harrowing, haunting reminder of what it means to be human — and the way hope is perhaps kindled in the midst of oppression and worry.” — The Washington Submit
“An Ember in the Ashes might launch Sabaa Tahir into JK Rowling territory…It has the addictive high quality of The Starvation Video games mixed with the fantasy of Harry Potter and the brutality of Recreation of Thrones.”—Public Radio Worldwide
"An Ember in the Ashes glows, burns, and smolders—as lovely and radiant as it is searing."—Huffington Submit
“A worthy novel – and one as courageous as its characters.” —The New York Occasions E-book Evaluate
A “deft, polished debut” (Publishers Weekly, starred evaluation), Sabaa Tahir‘s AN EMBER IN THE ASHES is a thought-frightening, coronary heart-wrenching and pulse-pounding learn. Set in a wealthy, high-fantasy world with echoes of historic Rome, it tells the story of a slave preventing for her household and a younger soldier preventing for his freedom.
Laia is a slave. Elias is a soldier. Neither is free.
Beneath the Martial Empire, defiance is met with dying. Those that don’t vow their blood and our bodies to the Emperor danger the execution of their family members and the destruction of all they maintain pricey.
It’s in this brutal world, impressed by historic Rome, that Laia lives together with her grandparents and older brother. The household ekes out an existence in the Empire’s impoverished backstreets. They don’t problem the Empire. They’ve seen what occurs to those that do.
However when Laia’s brother is arrested for treason, Laia is pressured to decide. In trade for assist from rebels who promise to rescue her brother, she is going to danger her life to spy for them from inside the Empire’s biggest army academy.
There, Laia meets Elias, the faculty’s best soldier—and secretly, its most unwilling. Elias needs solely to be freed from the tyranny he’s being educated to implement. He and Laia will quickly understand that their destinies are intertwined—and that their decisions will change the destiny of the Empire itself.
From the Hardcover version.