Waiting on Wednesday 03/25/15
“Waiting On Wednesday” is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine that lets us feature upcoming releases that we can’t wait to get our hands on!
I enjoy reading YA, but admittedly the genre does not make up a large part of my reading diet. This book caught my eye, however, and I guess as time went on the more I learned about it the more intrigued I became. It seems to be getting quite a lot of attention lately, but what truly and finally cinched it for me is the author’s letter to readers on the first page right when you open up the cover (I was fortunate enough to get an ARC). Tahir writes that Ember was inspired by news stories about Kashmiri women whose brothers, husbands and sons were kidnapped by local military forces and were never seen again, but that she also put a lot of her own life into the story, from her experiences of being an immigrant coming to America, feeling like an outcast in a small town, and finding solace in reading. The message about love, courage and hope just really touched me, and I’m looking forward to starting this book now more than ever.
“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.”