Posted in Young Adult Lit

An Ember in the Ashes, by Sabaa Tahir

20560137An Ember in the Ashes
Sabaa Tahir
2015 by Razorbill
ISBN – 9781595148032
Genre – Fantasy
Age – High School
5 Stars

When Laia’s grandparents are killed and her brother is kidnapped she must make the decision to do whatever it takes to rescue him. She agrees to be a spy for the rebels and feed them information which may help end the empire’s tyrannical reign. Soon she finds herself a slave to the Empress herself. She is powerful and merciless, and Laia must find a way to do what no one else has, stay alive as a spy in order to save her only remaining family.

Adventure, romance, betrayal, spies, murder, rebels, this has something for everyone! Tahir manages to tell a story that is complex in plot and emotion so well. I feel as if I am in the caves, and the palace, and the villages with Laia. She has created a main character that is not inherently strong or weak, but one who must constantly battle to grow into the person she wants to become. A while back we all got tired of the sniveling weak female protagonist, and then all we could find were those girls that were so unrealistically strong that nothing fazed them. Here we have a wonderful middle ground that shows us that we all go back and forth with these two characteristics. The romance is not obvious or cheesy, but just an added touch to the plot. This is the kind of book that would pull me out of a reading slump. It was overall, a masterfully weaved story that left me wanting more.

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