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An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir Review

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
"There are two kinds of guilt,"..."The kind that's a burden and the kind that gives you purpose. Let your guilt be your fuel. Let it remind you of who you want to be. Draw a line in your mind. Never cross it again. You have a soul. It's damaged, but it's there. Don't let them take it from you," - Laia (Tahir 373)
In an era, where Martial Empire rule the land, and anyone against them, face death.

Laia watched her grandparents get killed, her brother getting arrested, and burning of her home by the Masks. To rescue her brother from prison, she agrees to be a spy for the Resistance. Upon agreement, she get sent to Blackcliff, where she meet Elias.

At a young age, Elias selected to attend Blackcliff, an elite military school that train highly skilled soldiers, Masks due a silver mask each students are required to wear. After fourteen years of training, he plans to run away.

Their paths intertwined that lead to a journey that will change their lives.

This is the book that make me enjoy reading so much; I had a hard time putting this book down. I was completely drawn into a world, where freedom is the ultimate goal with sacrifice have to be made. The author did an amazing job at creating the story line, characters, and not to mention the intricate maps.

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir takes readers on journey of a lifetime. Unlike other books, it's not a walk in the park to live under the Martial Empire. A harsh dark world, where no one is truly safe. The author does not shy away from sensitive topics. Numerous plot twists that got me by surprised.

A dazzling transformation of characters throughout the pages. Elias, the boy, who wanted freedom grows from being an obedient Mask to righteous rebel. Laia, the girl, who wanted strength, endured many obstacles along the way, became a lioness. The author did a wonderful job of developing these two characters into the person, who they will become.

I feel the book withdrawal in my system already. This book left quite an impression on me. I can't wait to read the sequel and very looking forward to the movie adaptation of An Ember in the Ashes.

Rating: 5/5 stars


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