An Ember in the Ashes written by Sabaa Tahir is the first book in the An ember in the ashes series. This book is about:
‘Laia is a slave. Elias is a soldier. Neither is free.
Under the Martial Empire, defiance is met with death. Those who do not vow their blood and bodies to the Emperor risk the execution of their loved ones and the destruction of all they hold dear.
It is in this brutal world, inspired by ancient Rome, that Laia lives with her grandparents and older brother. The family ekes out an existence in the Empire’s impoverished backstreets. They do not challenge the Empire. They’ve seen what happens to those who do.
But when Laia’s brother is arrested for treason, Laia is forced to make a decision. In exchange for help from rebels who promise to rescue her brother, she will risk her life to spy for them from within the Empire’s greatest military academy.
There, Laia meets Elias, the school’s finest soldier—and secretly, its most unwilling. Elias wants only to be free of the tyranny he’s being trained to enforce. He and Laia will soon realize that their destinies are intertwined—and that their choices will change the fate of the Empire itself.’
This book i gave 4.5 stars! i really enjyed it however it took a good 100 pages before i could properly get into it then i couldnt stop reading and read it until i finished it. It was a really gripping story line and it made me feel all the emotions which the characters were feeling and there was many!! It deserves the good reviews it gets!
Laia at first was a confusing however her determination to find her brother made to book more belivable and we saw what she would do inorder to get to him. Elias was a really caring character and was nothing like his mother he was coldblooded. It was really nice to watch him struggling with his feelings and stay strue to the right ones. Helene was very confusing and we never knew what she wanted however i did like her as a character and Elias best friend.