Reviewed by Emily Terasa (Library Staff)
An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir is the first book in a new series that follows two characters, one a slave and one a soldier, and their intertwined destinies. Laia, the slave, works for the evil Commandant (the leader of a military-type school) after her family was betrayed and her brother sent to jail. All she wants to do is be brave and free her brother, so she spies for the resistance movement. Elias, the soldier, is the best fighter and student the school has seen in a long time. But he doesn’t want to be a Mask (the elite fighting unit); he just wants to be free from the tyranny he faces. Each one wants something that might seem unattainable, but maybe if they work together they can change their futures.
This book has everything I could want in a Teen book: action, adventure, romance, cliffhangers, and characters to root for. There are twists and turns, and I often could not wait to read the next chapter or turn the next page. And the best part is that the sequel, A Torch Against the Night, was just released, so you don’t have to wait a long time for the story to continue!
Located in Teen Fiction (TEEN FIC TAHIR)