Published by Razorbill on April 28, 2015
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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.
Why I’m tired of waiting:
First of all, love the cover. It reminds me of “Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea” with the title taking center stage, rather than a specific image. But it just begs you to look closer, and there’s so much detail; I love it! Also, “set in a terrifyingly brutal Rome-like world”? The stakes are gonna be sky high, which always makes for a thrilling read.