An Ember in the Ashes (An Ember in the Ashes, Book 1) by Sabaa Tahir

By Sabaa Tahir

Ideal for fanatics of purple Queen and Marissa Meyer's Lunar Chronicles sequence, An Ember within the Ashes, is the 1st publication in a thrilling myth experience sequence in regards to the strength of desire within the face of oppression.

Debut novelist Sabaa Tahir tells the exciting, heart-wrenching tale of 2 unforgettable characters prepared to sacrifice every little thing for the opportunity to jot down their very own destinies.

In an international encouraged by means of historical Rome and outlined via brutality, seventeen-year outdated Laia has grown up with one rule for survival: by no means problem the Empire. but if Laia's brother Darin is arrested for treason, she leaves at the back of every little thing she understands, risking her existence to aim and keep him. She enlists aid from the rebels whose vast underground community could lead to Darin. Their support comes with a cost, notwithstanding. Laia needs to infiltrate the Empire's maximum army academy as a spy.

Elias is the Empire's most interesting soldier—and its such a lot unwilling one. given that adolescence, he has proficient to turn into one of many mask, lethal combatants who ravage and wreck within the identify of the Empire. yet Elias is secretly making plans a perilous get away from the very tyranny he has sworn to enforce.

Thrown jointly by accident and united by means of their hatred of the Empire, Laia and Elias will quickly detect that their fates are intertwined—and that their offerings could swap the future of the whole Empire.

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People who were taller got better jobs, and people even voted for some politicians just because they weren’t quite as ugly as everybody else. ” Tally shook her head. No m ­ atter how many times they repeated it at school, she’d never really quite believed that one. “So what if people look more alike now? ” Tally laughed. “Fat chance. Anyway, it’s just to see what you and I will look like in only . . ” Tally closed her eyes, sighing. ” She felt Shay’s weight on the bed and a light punch on her arm.

Her board started to lighten, and soon she and Shay had hopped on again, coasting over a ridge and down into a dark valley. Onboard, Tally found the breath to ask a question that had been bugging her. ” “Rivers come from springs, which come from inside mountains. The water brings up minerals from inside the earth. indd 57 12/16/10 10:25 AM S COT T W E S T E R F ELD “Right. ” “Yeah, exactly. But, actually, boards prefer iron. ” Tally frowned. Shay sometimes talked in a mysterious way, like she was quoting the lyrics of some band no one else listened to.

Even without much work, Shay’s face was already welcoming, vulnerable, healthy . . pretty. ” Shay didn’t look, just shrugged. “That’s not me. ” Tally smiled and hugged her. “It will be you, though. Really you. ” Tally cruised to a stop—right foot down, left foot up, bend the knees. ” Shay drifted slowly past, letting the breeze tug her along. They were as high up and far out as hoverboards would go, just above treetop level, at the edge of town. It was amazing how quickly Tally had gotten used to being up high, with nothing but a board and bracelets between her and a long fall.

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