Tuesday, 5 May 2015

DISCUSSION REVIEW: An Ember In The Ashes by Sabaa Tahir ARC BUDDY READ

An Ember in the Ashes
Behind 464 Pages
Released: 27 April 2015
Genre: Fantasy, Romance
Publisher: Harper Voyager Australia
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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. 

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.

Sabaa Tahir grew up in California's Mojave Desert at her family's eighteen-room motel. There, she spent her time devouring fantasy novels, raiding her brother's comic book stash, and playing guitar badly. She began writing An Ember in the Ashes while working nights as a newspaper editor. She likes thunderous indie rock, garish socks, and all things nerd. Sabaa currently lives in the San Francisco Bay area with her family.

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My rating: 

Welcome to the second part of our discussion review of An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir!
View the first part of the discussion with Kristy at Book Nerd Reviews
kristy:  I liked the fact Laia wasn't kick ass. She was unsure and scared. Although she did trust some wrong people, that's bound to happen
Gina: Yes, even though you could practically see through those people and know that they were playing her all along.

kristy:  Oh the people were so dodgy! Laia was just hoping they were okay because they were her "Mother’s people". Too much trust in people just because she wanted to trust them, they gave her hope, but no proof. She put her mother on a pedestal, and blindly believed in or followed anyone or anything associated with her. Interesting what cook said about her mother though!
Gina:  Yes! That's really the only reason why I rated it 4.5, because you could see what was going to happen most of the time, even though it still shocked you in the end (not the resistance bit though). It was sad how she kept on telling herself that she wasn't like her mother, and yet, at the same time she was trying to be like her for believing in the resistance. Plus, you’ve got to remember as well that she hardly remembers her mother as well because of how young she was when she died.
kristy: I have noticed on Goodreads there is no sequel listed? There has to be a sequel! There is clearly more to tell! It must have only sold as one not a duology / trilogy :(
Gina:  I know! I'm bummed that there is none listed when clearly there is another. I'm hoping duology but you never know...
kristy:  I am guessing this will be a trilogy, but I'd like to see it wrapped up in only one more. IF they sign another one. God it annoys me when the whole series isn't signed and clearly it needs more than one book!!
Gina:  Maybe it is signed and it's just not on Goodreads? Hmmm... I'd like to see it wrapped up into a duology but it's unlikely with everything that they have to do, as well as romance drama and challenges to make it all seem not easy. 
Thanks for tuning in! Let us know what you think in the comments!

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Gina - But as much as I liked Elias, he should have died. It would have made it more dramatic and I probably would have cried. But that was before the ending, now I’m not so sure.

Kristy - If Elias had of died I would have given up on it lol. 

Gina - Really? I'm not sure because I loved Laia so I would have been happy if it continued on with just her.

Kristy - This world needs him. A Mask with a conscience. And a powerful one at that. Plus, if something happened to Elias, Laia would be dead. She wouldn't last another hour. She hasn't fully come into herself just yet.

Gina - That is true. I get now why he is kept alive, and I agree, she won't make it 50ft without him to help her. But I knew straight away that when they told him that he would be free body and soul that he was going to die. I just meant that before the actual ending happened, that he should have died, but because of what happened in the end that idea just dies in itself.

Kristy - Yeah, free body and soul really only means death. I was expecting him to die. Oh my god. Wasn't the commandant a price of work???

Gina - Yes, I know right!! I've got a feeling that she was the traitor while she was either graduated with her month leave or as a fifth.. Just a hunch though, it would make sense because she would have used the dark magic to help her gain her position with the masks.

Kristy - Maybe. But I don't think the timeline adds up. Because that would have been more than 20 years ago and her parents where about 12. But who knows.

Gina - You never know these things, especially because of how early the masks are trained? Taken in at 6 to train, kill each other and cheer on deserter death whippings. 

Kristy - I want I know about Elias’ dad. What happened there? I don't think she was raped because she too easily dismissed rape.

Gina - That's true. Especially because of how she is, you can tell that she's been like that all her life. Maybe it is like she said and had a moment of weakness and fell in for a one night stand. Most likely would be a tribal guy. OHH! It could be one of the guys from that tribe that girl was from that danced with him at the festival!

Kristy - Yes, that girl has to be important. What I was surprised by was the Marcus thing. During that trial, I was thinking surely Marcus couldn’t win, because that would be the worst result, and you most stories tend to eliminate the worst possibility so that the path is free for a better option to occur.

Gina - I kind of expected it.... I had a feeling that Helene wouldn't become Empress or Elias become Emperor. I guess in the next one we will see just how much of a hold the Commandant has on Marcus. 

Kristy - I'm just too used to the "convenient" thing happening, which of course would be Marcus not winning. 

Gina - Yeah, most books do that so it's always the most likely thing that's going to happen.
That being said, this is probably going to be a trilogy now because the next book will be all about rescuing her brother, then the final book will be taking on the Commandant and Marcus.

Kristy - Have you read the mortal instruments and infernal devices, Cain reminds me of brother Enoch lol

Gina - I have but it's been so long ago that i can't remember lol. Oh wait, it’s starting to come back to me a little... Anyway, I’m wondering how they are going to have a part in the rest of the series because they probably won’t run into each other much? Unless they do that weird show up out of nowhere thing again.

This novel was received for review via Harper Voyager Australia. This review/discussion is entirely my own, no bribery or any deals have been made to sway this review/discussion or change my personal opinion of the novel.

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