Waiting on Wednesday #20

Waiting on Wednesday #20An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
Published by Razorbill on April 28, 2015
Pages: 443
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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.


Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine. It spotlights books that have not yet been released, but ones that you should pre-order today!


  1. Cassi says:

    I am totally on the same page with the “brutal Romanesque world” meaning high stakes and thrilling action. I’m really excited for this one. Did you see that you can pre-order it for kindle for just $2.99? I totally just preorder it. Great pick!

    Cassi @ My Thoughts Literally

    • Jessica Nicole says:

      I know, I saw the cover and knew I had to get it! And pair that with a great blurb? It’s a home run already 🙂

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