An Ember In The Ashes: Book Review

I finally finished this book! I didn’t take that long, but I just kept putting it off. I so wish I picked it sooner. Isn’t that always the case for a book you love?? For the first time in a while I stayed up late to finish it Sunday night. But boy do I wish I bought the second book so I could just dive into it. Goodreads


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My rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Again, I wished I read this sooner. I love Sabaa Tahir’s writing. I really enjoyed the theme of freedom, what the means, and what the main characters’ perospection on freedom is. While Laia is a slave for the majority of the book, she’s also feels she can’t have freedom until her brother is freed. Another aspect being how fear can be an asset and another theme of social commentary on minority oppression. Tahir drew me in and held on, especially during those plot twists. The format of having the trails, I think, made me feel safe- like I knew what was going to happen, but then something unexpected happened and I was shook.

Is there such thing to have too much sexual tension? Because I feel that a little with Elias, Helene, Laia, and Keenan. This whole love conga line of love is mostly why I gave the book 4.5, instead of 5 stars. I was just so confused about Keenan and Laia, I liked them when they were together when there was some cute moments, but a lot of the time I was second-guessing his motives. Helene too, I didn’t know what to think of her. It was clear she had mad feels for my man, Elias, but she showed questionable beliefs here and there.

Side note: where does Mazen get off? He was just a straight jerk throughout the book. Resistance leader? More like leader of the jerks, haha.

Team ‘Resistance’ in a story is a lot of time the good guy while the kingdom or empire is the bad guys, or the other way around. You don’t usually have it where they’re both the bad guys. I can’t wait for Elias and Laia’s journey in the second book. I hope that they find their own justice.

Favourite Character: Elias. I liked how he could see the right and wrong in his life, but also make hard, morally grey decisions.

As Always, thanks for reading!


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