Author: Sabaa Tahir
Series: An Ember in the Ashes
Books: An Ember in the Ashes, A Torch Against the Night
Genre: Adult High Fantasy
Laia is a slave.
Elias is a soldier.
Neither is free.
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.
This book is amazing. Seriously AMAZING. If you have any doubts about reading this one please take my word and give it a shot. It is seriously one of the best books I have read this year and I plan on re-reading it before the year is out. The first time I read it I flailed way too much to write my review, so I need to re-read it.