Book Review : A Reaper at the Gates by Sabaa Tahir (An Ember in the Ashes, #3)

What can i say about this book except that it was a roller coaster ride that completely gave the best opening read for this 2019. Yes guys when the midnight clock struck welcoming 2019, i was passed out inside the book… sorry i meant i was reading the book and might have dozed off from all the excitements. Anyways so as i was saying, I welcomed the 2019 reading spree with the third book in the, An Ember in Ashes series. Don’t mind the fact that my review is coming up almost at the half the year. That just shows an exemplary example of my efficiency. 

A Reaper at the Gates Official Synopsis

Beyond the Empire and within it, the threat of war looms ever larger.

The Blood Shrike, Helene Aquilla, is assailed on all sides. Emperor Marcus, haunted by his past, grows increasingly unstable, while the Commandant capitalizes on his madness to bolster her own power. As Helene searches for a way to hold back the approaching darkness, her sister’s life and the lives of all those in the Empire hang in the balance.

Far to the east, Laia of Serra knows the fate of the world lies not in the machinations of the Martial court, but in stopping the Nightbringer. But while hunting for a way to bring him down, Laia faces unexpected threats from those she hoped would aid her, and is drawn into a battle she never thought she’d have to fight.

And in the land between the living and the dead, Elias Veturius has given up his freedom to serve as Soul Catcher. But in doing so, he has vowed himself to an ancient power that will stop at nothing to ensure Elias’s devotion–even at the cost of his humanity.

A Reaper at the Gates RWAT Take

When i had picked up the book, i had expected to have a bit of gap in memory regarding to the events of the book. Majorly owing to the fact that it had been months. No wait actually years, since i had gone back to the series. But the moment i started reading the book, it all started coming back and i didn’t knew whether the author had kept all the characters from the previous book emerging at a smoother pace or maybe the character lurked inside my brain only to appear now. Reaper at the Gates couldn’t have been better than this with the characters coming back so powerfully and yet leaving scope for much more

The Book flows through the events at a nice speed and that is the reason why i loved the book even more. it doesn’t hover over details or past events so much that you can’t see the flow of the story. I had excepted the book to be a finale so i was looking forward to converging of all the events that was happening in the book. At the ending of the book, i was nearly pulling my hair in frustration, because i couldn’t believe the ending. It was far from converging. Half of the plot was still left to be explained. So i went back to check the goodreads page, to see whether other people were also yelling at the book just like i was. That was when i realised, the series is supposed to continue and there is a fourth book in the line. well it was too late for all the hair that i lost and the bald patch i created out of frustration, but at least i was happy about another book.  Trust me there are a lot of stuff that has been left unsaid for the series. So there had to be another book.


The series and its elements are in its best form and the characters come out evolved and much more stronger by the third book. There are a lot of twists and turns and almost like solving a big puzzle. The book makes the whole story to be a big culmination of adventure and strategic war game that it keeps the whole experience fantastic and engaging. Talk about a Game of thrones involving Jinns, half dead people and mysterious powers and that is Reaper series is all about 

The language and the story telling is the star in the book. It makes all the difference and the reason why the book appeals so much and becomes such a good read.

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