ARE YOU EXCITED?!!?!?!?!?
I am! I absolutely loved An Ember in the Ashes - check out my review if you want to know more! I'd been waiting to read this book for years (or, at least A year), and when it finally happened, I incredibly excited. And a little anxious. Reading a book that you've been waiting to read for forever? That's a daunting feeling.
So I started reading... and I was intrigued. And then I was terrified for Elias - his plans were suicide! And then I was terrified for Laia - she could get herself killed! This book is so high-stakes craziness, with amazing world-building and plot arcs and an interesting mythology/fantasy background. Color me curious, I want to know more about the world-building.
Anyway, I finished this book months ago and... it felt a lot like this:
WHEEEE, WHAT JUST HAPPENED THAT WAS SO GOOD!
More WHAT JUST HAPPENED and WHERE'S THE NEXT BOOK?!
But then realizing there was no sequel contracted was a lot like
Sad Agnes is sad :(
BUT THEN THE ANNOUNCEMENT ABOUT THE SEQUEL CAME!
HAPPY AGNES IS HAPPY!
THANK YOU, PENGUIN AND SABAA!
We readers can't thank you enough :) The hole in my heart can now be filled!
My exact reaction to Sabaa's tweet:
@sabaatahir OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG!!!!! FINALLY PENGUIN FINALLY!!!!!!!!!!!!! Congratulations, Sabaa! :)
— Alyssa Susanna (@Alyssa_Susanna) May 18, 2015
I'm really, really excited, guys. I can complete my collection with sequel copies!
The ARC and hardcover!
About the Book:
An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
Book One of the An Ember in the Ashes series
Publication Date: April 28, 2015
Set in a terrifyingly brutal Rome-like world, An Ember in the Ashes is 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.
LAIA is a Scholar living under the iron-fisted rule of the Martial Empire. When her brother is arrested for treason, Laia goes undercover as a slave at the empire’s greatest military academy in exchange for assistance from rebel Scholars who claim that they will help to save her brother from execution.
ELIAS is the academy’s finest soldier—and secretly, its most unwilling. Elias is considering deserting the military, but before he can, he’s ordered to participate in a ruthless contest to choose the next Martial emperor.
When Laia and Elias’s paths cross at the academy, they find that their destinies are more intertwined than either could have imagined and that their choices will change the future of the empire itself.
About the Author:
Sabaa Tahir grew up in California’s Mojave Desert at her family’s 18-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.