Book Review : An Ember in the Ashes (Ember Quartet #1) by Sabaa Tahir

An ember in the ashes is just not any ember but a flame that has been kept aflame by the creative writing of the author. The book definitely has the heat that makes it a worthy competitor for other paranormal books. It has all the ingredients to make it a perfect companion read.

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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.

For years Laia has lived in fear. Fear of the Empire, fear of the Martials, fear of truly living at all. Born as a Scholar, she’s never had much of a choice.

For Elias it’s the opposite. He has seen too much on his path to becoming a Mask, one of the Empire’s elite soldiers. With the Masks’ help the Empire has conquered a continent and enslaved thousands, all in the name of power.

When Laia’s brother is taken she must force herself to help the Resistance, the only people who have a chance of saving him. She must spy on the Commandant, ruthless overseer of Blackcliff Academy. Blackcliff is the training ground for Masks and the very place that Elias is planning to escape. If he succeeds, he will be named deserter. If found, the punishment will be death.

But once Laia and Elias meet, they will find that their destinies are intertwined and that their choices will change the fate of the Empire itself.

In the ashes of a broken world one person can make a difference. One voice in the dark can be heard. The price of freedom is always high and this time that price might demand everything, even life itself.

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The best part about the book is that it does not hover over the RQ- romance Quotient. In fact the romance is not even in the book in its full form. it only appears in the sequel and i loved that about the book. The plot theme is too strong and vivid to stuck on to romance. There is so much happening in the book that you can’t actually bother with the simpler concepts of falling for the bad guy and relationship dilemma. I loved the way the plot went through highs and lows with such volatile intensity. It just kept getting more edgier and thrilling

The plot is the star of the book as it has so much to offer. Characters are all strong and bad ass that they would keep you on toes with adrenaline rush. I thought this would make for a great Tv series or an edgy movie plot. Loved every moment of the book and i couldn’t keep myself away from it as the book was that intense and exciting. It is fun, heart pumping and to the core thrilling


One shouldn’t miss this series, because it has got everything to make it wonderful, exciting and addictive. Each chapter is one better than the other. It keeps on firing the heat and keep you glued to it.

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