Author: Sabaa Tahir
Series: An Ember In The Ashes #3
Rating: 5/5 Stars
Summary of Book One: “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.” -From Goodreads
Review: This third book was worth the wait and lived up to what I wanted it to be.
Like in book two, there are three perspectives as the characters are at different places, though sometimes come together. Sabaa wrote each perspective well. She was also able to give each character their own voice without them sounding similar to each other.
The characters throughout this book did grow and were still interesting to read about. It was nice getting to see what each one was up to because they weren’t always together all the time. The romance between characters felt natural, not rushed or just put in there for no reason. This goes for both romantic love and nonromantic love.
This third book brought than it did in the second book. The world felt bigger. Stakes felt higher. The writing was still great. This book overall was not disappointing for me.
If you didn’t enjoy book two, then I highly recommend giving this third book a try. Definitely if you enjoyed book two, read book three.
Have fun reading!!