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Editorial Reviews

Editors Select, April 2015 - Violence and secrecy allow for a startling and gripping start to Sabaa Tahir's debut novel An Ember in the Ashes. Tahir's YA epic fantasy tale has been receiving a lot of incredible advanced praise from some pretty impressive authors (such as Brandon Sanderson), I just had to see if it lived up to the hype. I was not disappointed. Tahir's original world-building matches the talent of seasoned authors, and the higher-stakes Romeo and Juliet narrative at the core of her book is heart-wrenching and captivating. Told from the alternating perspectives of Laia, an orphan on the run, and Elias, a soldier, An Ember in the Ashes fills a void in the YA fantasy canon we didn't know we had. —Katie, Audible Editor
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Publisher's Summary

Set in a terrifyingly brutal Rome-like world, An Ember in the Ashes is 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.
Laia is a Scholar living under the iron-fisted rule of the Martial Empire. When her brother is arrested for treason, Laia goes undercover as a slave at the empire's greatest military academy in exchange for assistance from rebel Scholars who claim they will help to save her brother from execution.
Elias is the academy's finest soldier - and secretly its most unwilling. Elias is considering deserting the military, but before he can, he's ordered to participate in a ruthless contest to choose the next Martial emperor.
When Laia and Elias' paths cross at the academy, they find that their destinies are more intertwined than either could have imagined and that their choices will change the future of the empire itself.
©2015 Sabaa Tahir (P)2015 Listening Library
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5 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 06-01-15

A fabulous listen!

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. With most audio books I listen to, I find I usually have to slog through the first quarter of the book before I really get hooked. I was hooked from the opening lines of this book all the way through to the end, with hardly a dull moment.

The writing was excellent and well thought out and executed. The story was engaging and interesting. The production of the audio book and the narration were superb. The two narrators are two of my new favorites.

My only complaint about this book is that there are, that I know of, no official plans for a sequel, which is particularly bothersome as some pretty big plot points are not resolved at the end.

I thoroughly recommend this book!

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26 of 28 people found this review helpful

3 out of 5 stars
By Brian on 05-01-15

Not That Impressed.

I don't mean to be too hard on this audiobook, especially considering I (being 38) am not the target audience, but I just wasn't that impressed. I was expecting something different, but it had all the familiar aspects of young adult novels lately. Like Hunger Games Trilogy and Divergent Trilogy. The oppressed population, the love story, and the trials just seemed like the same story in a different setting.

The narration was handled by two people, one for each of the main characters. I thought the male narration was fine or better. The female narrator really started grating on my nerves. I thought she used an overly wrought and quavery voice for the main character and "cook". I get that she is being put through a lot of tough things, but it seemed way too dramatic to me.

I did like the world she created and some of the supernatural elements.

So, if it still sounds good to you, I'd say go for it.

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47 of 53 people found this review helpful

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