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An Ember in the Ashes 01

A Novel

Sabaa Tahir

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BOOK ONE IN THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING SERIES

Instant New York Times bestseller
From #1 New York Times bestselling author Sabaa Tahir
Amazon's Best Young Adult Book of 2015
People's Choice Award winner - Favorite Fantasy
Bustle's Best Young Adult Book of 2015

"This novel is a harrowing, haunting reminder of what it means to be human - and how hope might be kindled in the midst of oppression and fear." - The Washington Post

"An Ember in the Ashes could launch Sabaa Tahir into JK Rowling territory...It has the addictive quality of The Hunger Games combined with the fantasy of Harry Potter and the brutality of Game of Thrones."-Public Radio International

"An Ember in the Ashes glows, burns, and smolders-as beautiful and radiant as it is searing."-Huffington Post

"A worthy novel - and one as brave as its characters." -The New York Times Book Review

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.

Named one of the best books of the year by:
Amazon
Barnes & Noble
The Wall Street Journal
Buzzfeed
LA Weekly
Bustle
Paste Magazine
Indigo
Suspense Magazine
The New York Public Library
Popsugar
Hypable

"This novel is a harrowing, haunting reminder of what it means to be human-and how hope might be kindled in the midst of oppression and fear." -The Washington Post

"[An Ember in the Ashes] thrusts its readers into a world marred by violence and oppression, yet does so with simple prose that can offer moments of loveliness in its clarity. This complexity makes Ember a worthy novel-and one as brave as its characters." -The New York Times Book Review

"Sabaa Tahir spins a captivating, heart-pounding fantasy." -Us Weekly

"An Ember in the Ashes mixes The Hunger Games with Game of Thrones...and adds a dash of Romeo and Juliet." -The Hollywood Reporter

"Blew me away...This book is dark, complex, vivid, and romantic-expect to be completely transported." -MTV.com

"Fast-paced, well-structured and full of twists and turns, An Ember in the Ashes is an evocative debut that has left me invested in knowing what happens next." -NPR

"Once you get caught up in the story, it's addictive, and there's no way you can put it down before you figure out what happens to the characters you have fallen for over the course of the 400 some-odd pages. So I didn't." -Bustle

"One thing I can say for sure: this is a page-turner. There comes a moment when it's impossible to put it down. Sabaa Tahir is a strong writer, but most of all, she's a great storyteller." -The Huffington Post

"This epic fantasy set in the Martial Empire has it all: danger and violence, secrets and lies, strong characters and forbidden romance and a touch of the supernatural." -The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

"A setting inspired by ancient Rome; a fierce battle for freedom in the face of tyranny; and a villain who makes Cersei Lannister and Dolores Umbridge look like a pair of pathetic amateurs...An Ember in the Ashes is at the top of our must-read list for 2015." -MTV.com

"Be prepared to be blown away by this fantasy-thriller-adventure." -Girls' Life

"An Ember in the Ashes is a book that's too good to put down." -RedEye

"Perfect for fans of Maggie Stiefvater's The Scorpio Races or Sarah Maas's Throne of Glass series...The book is already set to be a film, which will be EPIC!" -TeenVogue.com

"Tahir's deft, polished debut alternates between two very different perspectives on the same brutal world, deepening both in the contrast. In a tale brimming with political intrigue and haunted by supernatural forces, the true tension comes from watching Elias and Laia struggle to decide where their loyalties lie." -Publishers Weekly, starred review

"Tahir's world-building is wonderfully detailed and the setting is an unusual one for fantasy novels. All of her characters, even minor ones, are fully realized....For fans of Game of Thrones and of Melina Marchetta's Finnikin of the Rock." -School Library Journal

"An original, well-constructed fantasy world...truly engaging." -Kirkus Reviews

"An epic fantasy debut about an orphan fighting for her family and a soldier fighting for his freedom. It's a story that's literally burning to be told." -Hypable.com

"First-time novelist Tahir has written an ambitious sword-and-sand adventure story that is notable for its suspense and scope." -Booklist

"Here's one of the year's most anticipated young-adult debuts." -io9.com

"I was so engrossed with this book that I missed a connecting flight. If that doesn't convince you to read An Ember in the Ashes, I don't know what will. An explosive, heartbreaking, epic debut that will keep you glued to the pages. I hope the world's ready for Sabaa Tahir." -Marie Lu, New York Times bestselling author of Legend

"With An Ember in the Ashes, Sabaa Tahir shows us light in the darkness, hope in a world of despair, and the human spirit reaching for greatness in di

Sabaa Tahir grew up in California’s Mojave Desert at her family’s eighteen-room motel. There, she spent her time devouring fantasy novels, raiding her brother’s comic book stash, and playing guitar badly. She began writing An Ember in the Ashes while working nights as a newspaper editor. She likes thunderous indie rock, garish socks, and all things nerd. Sabaa currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her family. 

For more information, please visit Sabaa at SabaaTahir.com or on Twitter @SabaaTahir.

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Einband Taschenbuch
Seitenzahl 480
Altersempfehlung 14 - 15
Erscheinungsdatum 22.03.2016
Sprache Englisch
ISBN 978-1-59514-804-9
Verlag Penguin LCC US
Maße (L/B/H) 22,8/15,1/3,5 cm
Gewicht 584 g
Verkaufsrang 559

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Wonderful characters and amazing plot
von theLittleBookReview aus Bonn am 03.04.2017
Bewertet: Einband: Taschenbuch

This book is gripping from the first page onwards, it was hard for me to lay it down! I absolutely love the characters and the place where the story is set. The connecting narratives between both Elias and Laia depicts topics such as tyranny, abusiveness, suffering, redemption, betrayal and the search for freedom. I enjoyed read... This book is gripping from the first page onwards, it was hard for me to lay it down! I absolutely love the characters and the place where the story is set. The connecting narratives between both Elias and Laia depicts topics such as tyranny, abusiveness, suffering, redemption, betrayal and the search for freedom. I enjoyed reading "AN EMBER IN THE ASHES" also due to the political intrigues and the supernatural forces. All I can say is go buy this book, read it and thank me later ;)

Fight for Freedom
von Vorleser am 24.02.2017
Bewertet: Hörbuch (CD)

This is a gripping tale of an oppressed people and their fight to overthrow their usurpers. We have a two perspective narration, and there are two narrators for this audio book. Both Fiona Hardingham and Steve West are doing a great job! The topic reminded me of another favourite of mine, namely the Red Rising series. I th... This is a gripping tale of an oppressed people and their fight to overthrow their usurpers. We have a two perspective narration, and there are two narrators for this audio book. Both Fiona Hardingham and Steve West are doing a great job! The topic reminded me of another favourite of mine, namely the Red Rising series. I thought it was a funny coincidence that both series have a Roman theme going: names, legionaries, etc. Then again, the old Romans were a martial people who conquered lots of the European peoples of their time, so the theme probably suggests itself. It took me only 1.5 days to listen to the whole story, I didn't manage to put it down (i.e. switch it off). I've bought and downloaded the sequel now. As usual, I subtracted a star because the story isn't really finished. OK, so there is no big cliffhanger, but there are lots of loose ends, and as a stand-alone, this book would have been unsatisfying. Still, it's a great story that drew me right in and at the ending spat me out wanting more.


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  • I. LAIA
    My big brother reaches home in the dark hours before dawn, when even ghosts take their rest. He smells of steel and coal and forge. He smells of the enemy.
    He folds his scarecrow body through the window, bare feet silent on the rushes. A hot desert wind blows in after him, rustling the limp curtains. His sketchbook falls to the floor, and he nudges it under his bunk with a quick foot, as if it's a snake.
    Where have you been, Darin? In my head, I have the courage to ask the question, and Darin trusts me enough to answer. Why do you keep disappearing? Why, when Pop and Nan need you? When I need you?
    Every night for almost two years, I've wanted to ask. Every night, I've lacked the courage. I have one sibling left. I don't want him to shut me out like he has everyone else.
    But tonight's different. I know what's in his sketchbook. I know what it means.
    "You shouldn't be awake." Darin's whisper jolts me from my thoughts. He has a cat's sense for traps-he got it from our mother. I sit up on the bunk as he lights the lamp. No use pretending to be asleep.
    "It's past curfew, and three patrols have gone by. I was worried."
    "I can avoid the soldiers, Laia. Lots of practice." He rests his chin on my bunk and smiles Mother's sweet, crooked smile. A familiar look-the one he gives me if I wake from a nightmare or we run out of grain. Everything will be fine, the look says.
    He picks up the book on my bed. "Gather in the Night," he reads the title. "Spooky. What's it about?"
    "I just started it. It's about a jinn-" I stop. Clever. Very clever. He likes hearing stories as much as I like telling them. "Forget that. Where were you? Pop had a dozen patients this morning."
    And I filled in for you because he can't do so much alone. Which left Nan to bottle the trader's jams by herself. Except she didn't finish. Now the trader won't pay us, and we'll starve this winter, and why in the skies don't you care?
    I say these things in my head. The smile's already dropped off Darin's face.
    "I'm not cut out for healing," he says. "Pop knows that."
    I want to back down, but I think of Pop's slumped shoulders this morning. I think of the sketchbook.
    "Pop and Nan depend on you. At least talk to them. It's been months."
    I wait for him to tell me that I don't understand. That I should leave him be. But he just shakes his head, drops down into his bunk, and closes his eyes like he can't be bothered to reply.
    "I saw your drawings." The words tumble out in a rush, and Darin's up in an instant, his face stony. "I wasn't spying," I say. "One of the pages was loose. I found it when I changed the rushes this morning."
    "Did you tell Nan and Pop? Did they see?"
    "No, but-"
    "Laia, listen." Ten hells, I don't want to hear this. I don't want to hear his excuses. "What you saw is dangerous," he says. "You can't tell anyone about it. Not ever. It's not just my life at risk. There are others-"
    "Are you working for the Empire, Darin? Are you working for the Martials?"
    He is silent. I think I see the answer in his eyes, and I feel ill. My brother is a traitor to his own people? My brother is siding with the Empire?
    If he hoarded grain, or sold books, or taught children to read, I'd understand. I'd be proud of him for doing the things I'm not brave enough to do. The Empire raids, jails, and kills for such "crimes," but teaching a six-year-old her letters isn't evil-not in the minds of my people, the Scholar people.
    But what Darin has done is sick. It's a betrayal.
    "The Empire killed our parents," I whisper. "Our sister."
    I want to shout at him, but I choke on the words. The Martials conquered Scholar lands five hundred years ago, and since then, they've done nothing but oppress and enslave us. Once, the Scholar Empire was home to the finest universities and libraries in the world. Now, most of our people can't tell a school from an armory.
    "How could you side with the Martials? How, Darin?"
    "It