Backlist Blast #8 – An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

Backlist Blast is a weekly book meme which was created by Milana @ A Couple Reads and Flavia @ Flavia the Bibliophile. The main purpose of this book blog meme is to feature and discuss backlist books. A backlist book is any title that was published 6 months ago or earlier. The purpose of Backlist Blast is to get us excited about and reading the backlisted books in our TBR piles.



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.


Released: 28 April 2015

Has anyone read this book? Would you recommend it? Should I move it to the top of my TBR pile or unhaul it?

5 Comments

  1. Aj @ Read All The Things!

    22 May 2020 at 12:28 AM

    I just got this book! It sounds interesting to me, so I’m definitely going to read it. I hope we both enjoy it.
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  2. Alynn98

    22 May 2020 at 4:55 PM

    Yes! I read this book a while ago, and I really liked it! It was a little dark, but I loved the concept and the characters. The last book in the series is finally coming out in December and I can’t wait! 🎉

    1. scorpiobookdreams

      23 May 2020 at 1:38 AM

      I might wait a few months and read them then so I don’t have long to wait for the final book!

      1. Alynn98

        23 May 2020 at 4:50 AM

        That’s fair! I definitely can’t wait to finish the series! 🙃

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