So the past couple weeks my friend has been BEGGING me to read this, and finally, after about a week I caved in and read it. While I wasn’t a huge fan of the first, An Ember in the Ashes, I went into this book with low expectations and came out happily surprised.
Mainly, the story follows a boy and girl running away from an empire, attempting to break into a high-security jail and steal the girl’s older brother who has the “supposed plans” to defeating the empire.
The boy, Elias is SKILLED with ALL WEAPONS. The girl is a scholar. With…. a secret.
I PROMISE it isn’t Rouge One, I PROMISE! While there ARE interesting parallels, I wouldn’t even put this in a category close to it. So no, excuse the Kassian gif above and continue with the review.
The Fight scenes were ON POINT and INTENSE!
Guys, I almost NEVER get scared reading a book. The only times I’ve ever gotten scared/ feared for a character’s life were in Mistborn, The Lunar Chronicles, and now THIS. I was constantly on the edge of my seat, the action was descriptive, intense, and very GORY.
We start off the beginning of the book with a HUGE fight scene, and I mean HUGE. Elias and Laia are trying to escape by means of using the catacombs, and…… Well, I can’t say anything else, so just go read it and you’ll understand what I’m trying to say.
To make the even more intense, we follow a conflicted martial girl who spends the whole book trying to find out where her loyalties lie.
Do her loyalties lie with her family? Or are they really with her friend/ possible love interest? To me, this was one of the most interesting parts of the story for me. I was JUST as confused as this character was the whole time and I could almost FEEL the anxiety that came with her having to be in this internal battle. This, at least, in my opinion, played a large role in me having a desire to continue to read this book.
The only real problem I had with this book was that it didn’t do a very good job reminding me of the events that happened in the first book. I remembered the characters, that wasn’t the hard part. The hard part was that I forgot what character interaction took place in the last book, so I had forgotten which ones had met, and which ones hadn’t.
Other than that, this book was a win in my book. It had great characters, with an interesting story laced with fight scenes that were beautifully presented. If I had to give it a star rating, I think I’d have to go with the rating below.
Thanks for reading! As usual, I post every Monday and Friday, so make sure to be on the look-out for that. Make sure to comment below and let me know if you’ve started or read the Ember in the Ashes series. If you have, let me know what YOU thought of the book below. Until next time, BYE