Book Review: An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

An Ember in Ashes

Laia suffers great loss when empire soldiers storm her home. She puts her faith in the rebels but becomes wary while on her mission as a rebel spy at Blackcliff Academy. Who can she trust to help her free her brother, the only family she has left? The rebels who sold her into slavery for her mission? The slaves of Blackcliff who fear friendship is just a weapon for their owner? Or can she trust her truest enemy’s son to be who he claims to be?


  • Great use of multi-pov narration.
  • The first person present tense kept me in the action.
  • Both main characters were well-developed and well-balanced with reasonable flaws and meaningful growth through them.
  • The relationships felt realistic and made me emotional several times.
  • The pacing was excellent. I never noticed a lull in the story.
  • The romance was a tad predictable, but I appreciated the similar struggles they experienced as they came to terms with it.
  • I didn’t expect the ending. There was so much action in Act 3 that I had no idea what was going to happen.

Least Favorite:

  • Some of the foreshadowing was a little bit too on point. I wasn’t really surprised by the twins betrayal. (Although, Marcus’ lengths to prove loyal shocked me!)

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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