#FridayReads : Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

Book Talk

#FridayReads is a weekly meme hosted by yours truly 🙂 In this meme I discuss what I’m reading this weekend, how I’m liking it so far and if I plan on reviewing it.


An Ember in the Ashes (An Ember in the Ashes #1)
by Sabaa Tahir

Author: Sabaa Tahir
Genre: Fantasy
Format: E- Copy
Pages: 446
Published: April 28th, 2015
Publisher: Razorbill

Summary from Goodreads:

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 weekend I’m reading An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir. I was so excited when I got the email this afternoon that my Elibrary hold was ready to be downloaded. I’ve been waiting for An Ember in the Ashes since JUNE! It was crazy there were like 286 people waiting for it! So, I just started the book this afternoon (that’s why I’m posting so late at night :D). So far I’m really liking it even though I’ve only like read ten pages. Although, I’m really regretting borrowing the book digitally. There’s a map in the front of the book and it was so small and distorted looking that I wasn’t really able to study it. I don’t know about you guys but, when I read a fantasy book and there’s a map I always flip back to the beginning of the book to reference it. When it’s hard trying to picture the setting I usually put a bookmark in my page and look at the map. Instead with an e-reader I now have to scroll all the way back to the beginning

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The point of the of the story is don’t read fantasy on an e-reader!

I do plan on reviewing An Ember in the Ashes probably in early December. I have a lot of blog tour street team activities planned for this month so I probably won’t have time to squeeze in to my schedule another review. I’m really hoping that An Ember in the Ashes lives up to it’s hype. 

What are your #FridayReads? Did An Ember in the Ashes live up to it’s hype? Do you also have problems with seeing maps on e-readers? Tell me all about it in the comments below!

5 thoughts on “#FridayReads : Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

  1. I absolutely adored An Ember in the Ashes! I read it on an e-reader too, and it wasn’t great. I really wanted to be able to study the map, but it didn’t really matter. As I was reading, I didn’t feel like I needed the map or anything. In other fantasy books, it really bothers me though! Great post ♥

    ~Denise @ The Bibliolater


  2. I enjoyed An Amber in the Ashes, was pleasantly surprised since I was worried about it being overhyped! I read in on an ereader too and I wouldn’t worry about the map situation, I didn’t think it was all that necessary to refer back to during the course of the story. I understand your point about reading fantasy books on ereaders though, I’m always wary of a complicated map at the start haha.

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