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Early Praise for "An Ember in the Ashes"

""An Ember in the Ashes" is a spectacular page turner that asks readers to consider how far they'd go to save the ones they love. Sabaa Tahir is the next superstar in young adult fiction and her debut is as cinematic as "Gladiator" and as high-stakes as Game of Thrones." -Holly Goldberg Sloan, "New York Time"s bestselling author of "Counting by 7s"

"A heart-pounding story of love and loss, with the most original world-building I've read all year. Deeply felt and deeply moving, I could not put it down." --Margaret Stohl, "New York Times" bestselling author of "Beautiful Creatures"

"This electric debut is a pulse-pounding action-packed Romeo and Juliet story in a richly imagined world with a great twist and heroic characters you'll root for and won't stop thinking about." --Melissa de la Cruz, "New York Times" bestselling author of "Frozen "and "The Ring and the Crown"



Early Praise for "An Ember in the Ashes"
""An Ember in the Ashes" is a spectacular page turner that asks readers to consider how far they'd go to save the ones they love. Sabaa Tahir is the next superstar in young adult fiction and her debut is as cinematic as "Gladiator" and as high-stakes as Game of Thrones." -Holly Goldberg Sloan, "New York Time"s bestselling author of "Counting by 7s"
"A heart-pounding story of love and loss, with the most original world-building I've read all year. Deeply felt and deeply moving, I could not put it down." --Margaret Stohl, "New York Times" bestselling author of "Beautiful Creatures"
"This electric debut is a pulse-pounding action-packed Romeo and Juliet story in a richly imagined world with a great twist and heroic characters you'll root for and won't stop thinking about." --Melissa de la Cruz, "New York Times" bestselling author of "Frozen "and "The Ring and the Crown"


This novel is a harrowing, haunting reminder of what it means to be human and how hope might be kindled in the midst of oppression and fear. "The Washington Post"
["An Ember in the Ashes"] thrusts its readers into a world marred by violence and oppression, yet does so with simple prose that can offer moments of loveliness in its clarity. This complexity makes"Ember"a worthy novel andone as brave as its characters. "The New York Times Book Review"
Sabaa Tahir spins a captivating, heart-pounding fantasy. "Us Weekly"
"An Ember in the Ashes"mixes"The Hunger Games"with"Game of Thrones..."and adds a dash of"Romeo and Juliet." "The Hollywood Reporter
"
Blew me away...This book is dark, complex, vivid, and romantic expect to be completely transported. MTV.com
Fast-paced, well-structured andfull of twists and turns, "An Ember in the Ashes"is an evocative debut that has left me invested in knowing what happens next. NPR
Once you get caught up in the story, it s addictive, and there s no way you can put it downbefore you figure out what happens to the characters you have fallen for over the course of the 400 some-odd pages. So I didn t. Bustle
One thing I can say for sure: this is a page-turner. There comes a moment when it's impossible to put it down. Sabaa Tahir is a strong writer, but most of all, she's a great storyteller. "The""Huffington Post
"
This epic fantasy set in the Martial Empire has it all danger and violence, secrets and lies, strong characters and forbidden romance and a touch of the supernatural. "The Atlanta Journal-Constitution"
A setting inspired by ancient Rome; a fierce battle for freedom in the face of tyranny; anda villain who makes Cersei Lannister and Dolores Umbridge look like a pair of pathetic amateurs..."An Ember in the Ashes"is at thetop of our must-read listfor 2015. MTV.com
Be prepared to be blown away by this fantasy-thriller-adventure. "Girls Life
"
"An Ember in the Ashes" is a book that's too good to put down. "RedEye"
Perfect for fans of Maggie Stiefvater's"The Scorpio Races"or Sarah Maas's Throne of Glass series The book is already set to be a film, which will be EPIC! TeenVogue.com
* Tahir sdeft, polished debutalternates between two very different perspectives on the same brutal world, deepening both in the contrast. Ina tale brimming with political intrigue and haunted by supernatural forces, the true tension comes from watching Elias and Laia struggle to decide where their loyalties lie. "Publishers Weekly," starred review
Tahir s world-building is wonderfully detailed and the setting is an unusual one for fantasy novels. All of her characters, even minor ones, are fully realized....For fans of"Game of Thrones"and of Melina Marchetta s"Finnikin of the Rock." "School Library Journal"
An original, well-constructed fantasy world...truly engaging. "Kirkus Reviews"
Anepic fantasy debutabout an orphan fighting for her family and a soldier fighting for his freedom. It s a story that s literally burning to be told. Hypable.com
First-time novelist Tahir has written an ambitious sword-and-sand adventure story that is notable for its suspense and scope. "Booklist"
Here'sone of the year's most anticipatedyoung-adult debuts. io9.com
I was so engrossed with this book that I missed a connecting flight.If that doesn t convince you to read"An Ember in the Ashes," I don t know what will.An explosive, heartbreaking, epic debutthat will keep you glued to the pages. I hope the world s ready for Sabaa Tahir. Marie Lu, "New York Times"bestselling author of"Legend"
With"An Ember in the Ashes," Sabaa Tahir shows us light in the darkness, hope in a world of despair, and the human spirit reaching for greatness in difficult times. #1"New York Times"bestselling author Brandon Sanderson
"An Ember in the Ashes"isa spectacular page turnerthat asks readers to consider how far they d go to save the ones they love.Sabaa Tahir is the next superstar in young adult fictionand her debut is as cinematic as"Gladiator"and as high-stakes as"Game of Thrones." Holly Goldberg Sloan, "New York Times"bestselling author of"Counting by 7s"
A heart-pounding story of love and loss, with the most original world-building I ve read all year. Deeply felt and deeply moving, I could not put it down. Margaret Stohl, "New York Times"bestselling co-author of"Beautiful Creatures"
This electric debut is apulse-pounding action-packed"Romeo and Juliet"story in a richly imagined world with a great twist and heroic characters you ll root for and won t stop thinking about. Melissa de la Cruz, "New York Times"bestselling author of"Frozen"and"The Ring and the Crown"

"From the Hardcover edition.""

Named one of the best books of the year by:
Amazon
Barnes & Noble
The Wall Street Journal
Buzzfeed
LA Weekly
Bustle
Paste Magazine
Indigo
Suspense Magazine
The New York Public Library
Popsugar
Hypable
***
This novel is a harrowing, haunting reminder of what it means to be human and how hope might be kindled in the midst of oppression and fear. "The Washington Post"
["An Ember in the Ashes"] thrusts its readers into a world marred by violence and oppression, yet does so with simple prose that can offer moments of loveliness in its clarity. This complexity makes"Ember"a worthy novel andone as brave as its characters. "The New York Times Book Review"
Sabaa Tahir spins a captivating, heart-pounding fantasy. "Us Weekly"
"An Ember in the Ashes"mixes"The Hunger Games"with"Game of Thrones..."and adds a dash of"Romeo and Juliet." "The Hollywood Reporter
"
Blew me away...This book is dark, complex, vivid, and romantic expect to be completely transported. MTV.com
Fast-paced, well-structured andfull of twists and turns, "An Ember in the Ashes"is an evocative debut that has left me invested in knowing what happens next. NPR
Once you get caught up in the story, it s addictive, and there s no way you can put it downbefore you figure out what happens to the characters you have fallen for over the course of the 400 some-odd pages. So I didn t. Bustle
One thing I can say for sure: this is a page-turner. There comes a moment when it's impossible to put it down. Sabaa Tahir is a strong writer, but most of all, she's a great storyteller. "The""Huffington Post
"
This epic fantasy set in the Martial Empire has it all danger and violence, secrets and lies, strong characters and forbidden romance and a touch of the supernatural. "The Atlanta Journal-Constitution"
A setting inspired by ancient Rome; a fierce battle for freedom in the face of tyranny; anda villain who makes Cersei Lannister and Dolores Umbridge look like a pair of pathetic amateurs..."An Ember in the Ashes"is at thetop of our must-read listfor 2015. MTV.com
Be prepared to be blown away by this fantasy-thriller-adventure. "Girls Life
"
"An Ember in the Ashes" is a book that's too good to put down. "RedEye"
Perfect for fans of Maggie Stiefvater's"The Scorpio Races"or Sarah Maas's Throne of Glass series The book is already set to be a film, which will be EPIC! TeenVogue.com
* Tahir sdeft, polished debutalternates between two very different perspectives on the same brutal world, deepening both in the contrast. Ina tale brimming with political intrigue and haunted by supernatural forces, the true tension comes from watching Elias and Laia struggle to decide where their loyalties lie. "Publishers Weekly," starred review
Tahir s world-building is wonderfully detailed and the setting is an unusual one for fantasy novels. All of her characters, even minor ones, are fully realized....For fans of"Game of Thrones"and of Melina Marchetta s"Finnikin of the Rock." "School Library Journal"
An original, well-constructed fantasy world...truly engaging. "Kirkus Reviews"
Anepic fantasy debutabout an orphan fighting for her family and a soldier fighting for his freedom. It s a story that s literally burning to be told. Hypable.com
First-time novelist Tahir has written an ambitious sword-and-sand adventure story that is notable for its suspense and scope. "Booklist"
Here'sone of the year's most anticipatedyoung-adult debuts. io9.com
I was so engrossed with this book that I missed a connecting flight.If that doesn t convince you to read"An Ember in the Ashes," I don t know what will.An explosive, heartbreaking, epic debutthat will keep you glued to the pages. I hope the world s ready for Sabaa Tahir. Marie Lu, "New York Times"bestselling author of"Legend"
With"An Ember in the Ashes," Sabaa Tahir shows us light in the darkness, hope in a world of despair, and the human spirit reaching for greatness in difficult times. #1"New York Times"bestselling author Brandon Sanderson
"An Ember in the Ashes"isa spectacular page turnerthat asks readers to consider how far they d go to save the ones they love.Sabaa Tahir is the next superstar in young adult fictionand her debut is as cinematic as"Gladiator"and as high-stakes as"Game of Thrones." Holly Goldberg Sloan, "New York Times"bestselling author of"Counting by 7s"
A heart-pounding story of love and loss, with the most original world-building I ve read all year. Deeply felt and deeply moving, I could not put it down. Margaret Stohl, "New York Times"bestselling co-author of"Beautiful Creatures"
This electric debut is apulse-pounding action-packed"Romeo and Juliet"story in a richly imagined world with a great twist and heroic characters you ll root for and won t stop thinking about. Melissa de la Cruz, "New York Times"bestselling author of"Frozen"and"The Ring and the Crown
"

"From the Hardcover edition.""

Named one of the best books of the year by:
Amazon
Barnes & Noble
The Wall Street Journal
Buzzfeed
LA Weekly
Bustle
Paste Magazine
Indigo
Suspense Magazine
The New York Public Library
Popsugar
Hypable
***
"This novel is a harrowing, haunting reminder of what it means to be human--and how hope might be kindled in the midst of oppression and fear." --The Washington Post
"[An Ember in the Ashes] thrusts its readers into a world marred by violence and oppression, yet does so with simple prose that can offer moments of loveliness in its clarity. This complexity makes Ember a worthy novel--and one as brave as its characters." --The New York Times Book Review
"Sabaa Tahir spins a captivating, heart-pounding fantasy." --Us Weekly

"An Ember in the Ashes mixes The Hunger Games with Game of Thrones...and adds a dash of Romeo and Juliet." --The Hollywood Reporter

"Blew me away...This book is dark, complex, vivid, and romantic--expect to be completely transported." --MTV.com

"Fast-paced, well-structured and full of twists and turns, An Ember in the Ashes is an evocative debut that has left me invested in knowing what happens next." --NPR
"Once you get caught up in the story, it's addictive, and there's no way you can put it down before you figure out what happens to the characters you have fallen for over the course of the 400 some-odd pages. So I didn't." --Bustle

"One thing I can say for sure: this is a page-turner. There comes a moment when it's impossible to put it down. Sabaa Tahir is a strong writer, but most of all, she's a great storyteller." --The Huffington Post

"This epic fantasy set in the Martial Empire has it all danger and violence, secrets and lies, strong characters and forbidden romance and a touch of the supernatural." --The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"A setting inspired by ancient Rome; a fierce battle for freedom in the face of tyranny; and a villain who makes Cersei Lannister and Dolores Umbridge look like a pair of pathetic amateurs...An Ember in the Ashes is at the top of our must-read list for 2015." --MTV.com

"Be prepared to be blown away by this fantasy-thriller-adventure." --Girls' Life

"An Ember in the Ashes is a book that's too good to put down." --RedEye
"Perfect for fans of Maggie Stiefvater's The Scorpio Races or Sarah Maas's Throne of Glass series...The book is already set to be a film, which will be EPIC!" --TeenVogue.com

* "Tahir's deft, polished debut alternates between two very different perspectives on the same brutal world, deepening both in the contrast. In a tale brimming with political intrigue and haunted by supernatural forces, the true tension comes from watching Elias and Laia struggle to decide where their loyalties lie." --Publishers Weekly, starred review
"Tahir's world-building is wonderfully detailed and the setting is an unusual one for fantasy novels. All of her characters, even minor ones, are fully realized....For fans of Game of Thrones and of Melina Marchetta's Finnikin of the Rock." --School Library Journal
"An original, well-constructed fantasy world...truly engaging." --Kirkus Reviews
"An epic fantasy debut about an orphan fighting for her family and a soldier fighting for his freedom. It's a story that's literally burning to be told." --Hypable.com

"First-time novelist Tahir has written an ambitious sword-and-sand adventure story that is notable for its suspense and scope." --Booklist
"Here's one of the year's most anticipated young-adult debuts." --io9.com

"I was so engrossed with this book that I missed a connecting flight. If that doesn't convince you to read An Ember in the Ashes, I don't know what will. An explosive, heartbreaking, epic debut that will keep you glued to the pages. I hope the world's ready for Sabaa Tahir." --Marie Lu, New York Times bestselling author of Legend
"With An Ember in the Ashes, Sabaa Tahir shows us light in the darkness, hope in a world of despair, and the human spirit reaching for greatness in difficult times." --#1 New York Times bestselling author Brandon Sanderson
"An Ember in the Ashes is a spectacular page turner that asks readers to consider how far they'd go to save the ones they love. Sabaa Tahir is the next superstar in young adult fiction and her debut is as cinematic as Gladiator and as high-stakes as Game of Thrones."--Holly Goldberg Sloan, New York Times bestselling author of Counting by 7s
"A heart-pounding story of love and loss, with the most original world-building I've read all year. Deeply felt and deeply moving, I could not put it down." --Margaret Stohl, New York Times bestselling co-author of Beautiful Creatures
"This electric debut is a pulse-pounding action-packed Romeo and Juliet story in a richly imagined world with a great twist and heroic characters you'll root for and won't stop thinking about." --Melissa de la Cruz, New York Times bestselling author of Frozen and The Ring and the Crown

From the Hardcover edition.

From the Inside Flap

'The writing is as smooth as silk and keeps one reading long after the lights should have been out' Robin Hobb

What if you were the spark that could ignite a revolution?

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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  • Print Length: 465 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Voyager (4 Jun. 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00QPT7KPS
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 124 customer reviews
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An Ember in the Ashes is a very dark story that doesn't shy away from the dark side of human nature. It's a very harsh world and there's a lot of death, killing and torture.

I found it easy to get into despite the writing being very dry, the world around the characters isn't described much. At one point Laia goes to a moon festival at night and it's all lit up with lanterns. This should have been vibrant and full of life but it felt flat. I couldn't picture it in my mind.

The speech and behaviour are very modern, which sounds odd in the historical setting.

I do like the way the two different viewpoints of Laia and Elias were written though and I like how it takes a while for them to start being aware of each other. Laia I really enjoyed reading. She starts off quite timid and scared and we get to see how she grows and gets braver.

There's not much romance, which I liked. There's a bit too much worrying about who fancies who (and seriously, these people have bigger things to be worrying about), but no proper romance, and definitely no insta-love!

I found it strange how the characters have gone through some very traumatic things but still act like normal teenagers (even though Elias is supposed to 20). Their life experiences don't seem to have had much emotional impact on them.

The trials Elias goes through are physically and emotionally difficult. They're aimed at choosing a new Emperor and removing the old one and people die in the process, but somehow it feels like they're not that big a deal, they're no more important than a big exam or a job interview. Elias is more worried about if his friend fancies him or not, and does he fancy her back.
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Meh. A well written story whose main male and female protagonists bored me to tears. Both are so one dimensional, I have no idea why this book was suggested as something that may be of interest after reading the Throne of Glass and ACOTAR series by S. J. Maas. The female protagonist is no where similar to the strong female characters except for Aquilla. I'd read a book on Aquilla, not a continuation of this sickly self-righteous eyerolling predictable romance between these lead characters.
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A friend reccomend end this book to me so I thought I'd give it a read. I enjoyed it very much, good plot and story
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Well worth a read, I'll be buying the next one!
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Simple yet effective writing, great characters and superb world building. Cannot wait until book 2!!
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Really enjoyed this book, Tahir easily blends likeable characters with an exciting storyline. Would definitely recommend if you're looking for an easy yet thrilling, thoughtful read.
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Amazingly engaging...not at all disappointed ..more please..such depth and meaning to her characters.
Grateful for another good read! Thanks alot
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