An Ember in the Ashes

An Ember in the Ashes

A Novel

eBook - 2015
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"Laia is a Scholar living under the iron-fisted rule of the Martial Empire. When her brother is arrested for treason, Laia goes undercover as a slave at the empire's greatest military academy in exchange for assistance from rebel Scholars who claim that they will help to save her brother from execution"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York, New York : Razorbill, 2015
ISBN: 9780698176461
Characteristics: 1 online resource


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Aug 27, 2020

4th and final out in December.

Aug 04, 2020

This is a solid YA novel that shows promise for complex world-building and character development. The switching perspectives between Laia and Elias keeps the story moving along smoothly and provides interesting insights.

Unfortunately, it's clear which characters the author spent time fleshing out and which ones she simply used a cookie-cutter mold for. The antagonists seem to be evil just for the sake of being evil or wanting power. Some of the minor characters the author wants you to care deeply for are only briefly mentioned which leaves you wondering why you should be concerned if they are in peril.

With three more books in the series, I think it will be worth further reading but it has yet to cement itself as a stand-out series in my mind.

ArapahoeTiegan Apr 14, 2020

Laia's brother is captured by a Mask and imprisoned for knowing how to make Serric steel - which is not allowed to the Scholars. Laia seeks out the Resistance, which her parents had been a part of before they died, for help in rescuing her only living relative. They send her undercover as a slave to the Masks' Commandant - an absolutely brutal woman. Laia makes a friend of another slave and also unexpectedly finds that the Commandant's son, Elias, is a kind man, even if he is a Mask. Together they work to unravel some secrets of the Empire while Elias competes to become the next Emperor.

Dec 12, 2019

A well-written story. Just wish the book was longer or had a sequel.

Sep 12, 2019

This book was riveting and I totally loved it! It had all the good aspects of a teen book: the adventure, excitement, mystery, world building, awesome characters and love triangles. Even though I have a major problem when it comes to reading ahead, I still never knew what was coming next. By reading the summary the book sounds like a cliché type of thing, but it was still unpredictable. Highly recommended to lovers of fantasy. Writing style is good, too!

JCLS_Ashland_Kristin Aug 21, 2019

Those who enjoy romantic teen fantasy set in a fairly grim world, this is the book for you. Fans of Sarah J Maas will will teen fans of Pierce Brown's Red Rising series.

AbbyG_KCMO May 03, 2019

In a society governed by brutality, a new dynasty is ushered in by possibly omnicient beings. A member of the elite class finds his destiny is dependent on someone he's never met - a girl from the oppressed class whose life has been torn apart by his kind. A nagging uneasiness lurks on every page of this tale of loyalty, subversion, and uncertain identity. Alternating narratives make this book slow at first, but keep the action alive later in the story. Although this reader wasn't particularly compelled by the romantic subplot, complex characters and vivid atmosphere elevate this story to the upper echelons of young adult fantasy.

IndyPL_NicoleN Nov 05, 2018

Don't let the length of this book get to you. This book was so hard to put down, I was on the edge of my seat until the very end. This is a great read if you've already read Hunger Games or the Divergent series.

Oct 27, 2018

This book is incredible. I can't wait for the 4th book! The story had me right away and I couldn't stop reading. I loooooved it!

Sep 06, 2018

I could not get into this book. It was good, and very much like everything else I like, but for some reason it wasn't gripping and I didn't have a strong drive to finish it. It picked up near the end and I'll probably still finish the series, but it wasn't a must-read.

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Apr 08, 2020

“Just because he's a good leader doesn't mean he's a good person.”

Sep 12, 2019

“Too much fear and you’re paralyzed,” he says, “Too little fear and you’re arrogant.”

Aug 06, 2016

Fear is only your enemy if you allow it to be

Aug 06, 2016

There will be so much more in between. So much uncertainty. I don't know if we'll survive the catacombs, let alone the rest of it.

But it doesn't matter. For now, these steps are enough. These first few precious steps into darkness. Into the unknown.

Into freedom.

Aug 06, 2016

Where there is life, Nan used to say, there is hope.

Aug 06, 2016

Fear can be good, Laia. It can keep you alive. But don't let it control you. Don't let it sow doubts within you. When the fear takes over, use the only thing more powerful, more indestructible, to fight it: your spirit. Your heart.

Aug 06, 2016

There are two kinds of guilt. The kind that's a burden and the kind that gives you purpose. Let your guilt be your fuel. Let it remind you of who you want to be. Draw a line in your mind. Never cross it again. You have a soul. It's damaged but it's there. Don't let them take it from you.

Aug 03, 2016

Life is made of so many moments that mean nothing. Then one day, a single moment comes along to define every second that comes after. Such moments are tests of courage, of strength.

"'You have a soul. It's damaged, but it's there. Don't let them take it from you, Elias.'"


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Jun 03, 2016

Sexual Content: Rape mentioned often but never shown or even in background

Jun 03, 2016

Violence: Slightly Descriptive deaths and whippings and torture

Jun 03, 2016

Coarse Language: S once, w, d, h, p, a, and b, all multiple times


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A young girl has her brother taken from her and she is willing to do anything to get him back. She joins the rebellion in hopes that they will help her. She is sent to be the slave of a cruel master. She struggles to survive and pass on the information to the rebels. Will she save her brother in time?

LibraryK8 Jun 11, 2015

In a world inspired by ancient Rome, Laia is a Scholar, a member of a conquered people who were once the greatest minds on earth. Laia ekes out a living making jams with her grandmother, while her brother and grandfather provide health care to the needy. Until one night when her brother is accused of spying on the Martial Empire for a rebel group. Laia’s grandparents are murdered in front of her face and her brother is thrown in prison. Laia only escapes this fate buy running away. Ashamed of how she has behaved she tries to barter with the rebel group for her brother’s freedom. But they ask for a price that could mean her life, spying on the greatest military academy in the kingdom.
Meanwhile Elias is about to graduate from that same military academy. Most of his classmates are elated to have survived (not everyone does) and are eagerly anticipating the freedom that military service seems to be in comparison to the strict rules of the school. Elias, however, is looking for a truer and longer lasting freedom. He plans to escape the school, and military service on the night of the graduation ceremony. Until he is selected as a candidate to be the next emperor. Now he has to compete in a series of games, against his friends, that will determine the next emperor, and cost the losers their lives.

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