An Ember in the Ashes is a fantasy story about two characters living in a brutal world inspired by ancient Rome. This story is told from the point of view of Laia, a slave, and Elias, a soldier. Their lives intertwine and come together as the story progresses in a fascinating way.
An Ember in the Ashes is a unique story that I fell in love with instantly. Sabaa Tahir writes a plot and world with the detail and richness of an adult novel, but the pacing and writing style of a young adult novel. The characters of Elias and Laia were both strong and determined in a their own way. They both just want to be free and will go to the ends of the Earth to do so. The way their stories come together and their friendship is so interesting and I loved it. It’s kind of like a Romeo and Juliet story, but without the ridiculous romance and more of a ‘let’s kick butt to find freedom’ kind of thing.
I would recommend this book if you like action and fantasy stories, and also kick-butt characters. If I were to give this book a star rating, I would give it 5 out of 5 stars for sure.