Review: An Ember in the Ashes, A Torch Against the Night & A Reaper at the Gates by Sabaa Tahir

Review: An Ember in the Ashes, A Torch Against the Night & A Reaper at the Gates by Sabaa Tahir


1. ★★★★.5/5 | Goodreads

2. ★★★★/5 | Goodreads

3. ★★★.3/5 | Goodreads

I screwed up 😂. When I decided to reread An Ember in the Ashes, I thought it was supposed to be a trilogy. Having already purchased the sequel when it was published, I told myself I could just by the third one and marathon the series. Only when I started to read the the first book and got well invested in it, I found out it was actually a quartet and that the last book is not coming out before APRIL 2020 😩. At least I am now caught up with one of the most popular YA series out there 😂.

Btw, in the new cover of An Ember in the Ashes, was I the only who never saw Elias until recently? 😂


The characters had so much development throughout the entire series and it just makes me excited to see how it’s all going to come down to in the last book. I know some people were annoyed by Laia, but I thought she had become such a strong woman at the end of the third book that it was hard for me not to cheer for her.

Helene kind of annoyed me by the end of the third book. Her love and loyalty to the Empire and how she just gave her entire faith to the Augurs’s prophecies, for it just to fuck her over (I mean, what else did she expect?) was just exhausting to read. I do kind of have immense respect for her, still. She’s been through such a shitstorm by the third book and having her beliefs that she’s been holding onto since childhood being rattled the way it was, I can understand why sometimes she would make certain decisions (even though most of the time I would just roll my eyes).

Elias was an interesting character to read and his relationship with Laia was everything to me in this series. I was so frustrated when I finished the third book to see how left them. They keep having to overcome hurdles just to be together, it’s so sad. I hope they can catch a break in the fourth one. His chapters were definitely the most interesting for me to read, as I find he is the character with the most interesting background and development, so far.


Tahir’s writing is excellent. It was almost poetic in a sense. She knows how to convey emotions through her words. Each scenes flowed so well one after the other, I could see everything so clearly as if it was a movie in front of me. I love the different POV’s. It’s insane to think that they all come from one author because of how different they all sounded.

The first book, the pace was so intense and it never stopped. I was really invested in the story and kept wanting to know what would happen next. I loved the idea of the Trials, the love rectangle (I’m a sucker for that,don’t judge me) and how the story intertwined between the different POVs made it quite enjoyable. The second book was just the same, too. There was so much death, betrayal, hurt and plot twists; my soul was completely done by the end.I just needed to know what would happen next, I could never put it down. I liked the concept of the Waiting Place and how Elias had to be bound to it, making the plot even more heartbreaking.

The third book was the hardest for me to finish. I felt like the plot wasn’t as fast-paced as the previous ones, which isn’t such a bad thing, but it definitely felt longer to get through. As I was reading it, I felt like I was reading just to get past the chapters and not because I was enjoying the plot or curious about what was coming next. Some part were really enjoyable, but overall, I thought it was the weakest of the three.


It’s a story filled with great characters that you will grow attached as the series progresses. I am really excited to see how it will all end and if they will all be able to get happy endings (which I strongly doubt). I definitely recommend this series to everyone. Although, I’m pretty such everyone has already read it, and I’m just late at the party 😂.signature