My Friday Reads is YA fantasy novel AN EMBER IN THE ASHES. I feel like I’ve been reading a lot of fantasy lately, but a well done fantasy is hard to put down…
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.
After hearing only good things and being told by more than
30 people 2 people (how many do you think I know?), I finally got An Ember in the Ashes from the library.
I’m not far in, but I’m enjoying it. The writing is really crisp, which might be a weird descriptor, but it feels accurate.
So far I’m loving the characters, which is usually the fastest way to my heart. I think Laia is going to have a really great arc because she’s already grown so much in the first few pages! Character arcs are basically all I need. Like I want to snuggle up with a good character arc and rub my face in it. Not weird at all. Moving on…
I’m also a little bit in love with the new paperback cover.
Also, this is really random, but it matters to me. So after reading two books–or attempting to read, since I didn’t finish one–that had rape in them and refused to call it rape, I was so goddamn happy to see An Ember in the Ashes call it what it is within the first twenty pages.
“But I think of the Mask’s cold regard, of the violence in his eyes. I’ve always loved dark-haired girls. He will rape me. Then he will kill me.”
Onto happier things, don’t you feel like Elias and Chewie could be the new brotp of the century? No? Just me. Okay.
Have you read AN EMBER IN THE ASHES? What did you think of it? What are you reading this Friday?
Have a good weekend and I’ll see you guys on Monday with a book review!