An Ember in the Ashes Quartet by Sabaa Tahir

I wanted to make a different type of post today. Instead of talking about my favorite books in a category or recommendations, I wanted to talk about one of my favorite series, An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir. This post will be me talking about parts I love, scenes that stuck with me, and what I want to see from A Sky Beyond the Storm, the finale. I have been waiting for it for a little less than a year now and have 6 months left of waiting. It is my most anticipated book of the year and I have a lot to say about this series. There are major spoilers ahead.

An Ember in the Ashes had an amazing world that was unlike anything I have ever read before. The only thing that bothered me was when Keris Vertura tortured Laia. The scene where Keris carved a “K” into Laia is still burned into my memory. It was difficult to read, but it was what made the book so good. I’ve read so many books between now and when I read AEITA, but I can still easily recall moments in the book. The scene when Laia was forced to spend a night with Elias as his reward, but he helped her instead, is the scene when I fell in love with his character.

Speaking of Elias, him becoming the Soul Catcher broke me. He can’t be with Laia now and he lost everything that made him Elias. I thought he would find a way around it, but by the end of A Reaper at the Gates, his name changed to Soul Catcher. One of the only things I want from the finale is for him to become human again and for Laia and him to finally have a happy ending together. I watched the reading of the finale and the excerpt was from the Soul Catcher’s perspective. He is so far gone and I want him back to the Elias we met in book 1. A few months ago, Sabaa Tahir posted an excerpt of A Sky Beyond the Storm on her Instagram. It was an adorable conversation between Laia and someone else, which I really hope is Elias. It gives me hope for them having a future together in the end.

If Keris and the Nightbringer don’t die in A Sky Beyond the Storm, I’m going to be so upset. I still think that Laia is an idiot for trusting Keenan so early (especially because I wanted her with Elias), but he still manipulated her and is trying to kill people. Keris is a psychopath and deserves death because of what she did to others.

One of my unpopular book opinions is that I don’t care for Helene. It’s not that I hate her, but I don’t like her either. If she dies, I’ll be upset, but not as upset as I would be if Laia or Elias die. I like where her story is going with Laia and I like her and Harper together, but I’m not as attached to her as I am with the other two main characters. I still can’t believe that if she just kept her mouth shut for 2 minutes, Marcus would’ve never killed her family. I have never been angrier at a book than I have at that moment.

Now, I want to talk about some of my favorite scenes in the entire series. I hate Marcus so much and he is another character who deserved to die, but he got such an amazing ending. When he died, he and his brother, Zac, (who he killed…just saying) got to go move into the other side together. It was such a sweet moment. Every single time when Elias helped keep Laia safe (especially when she was a servant) were some of my favorite moments. I also really loved it when they danced together at the festival in the first book.

The last thing I have to say about the series is how scared I am for the last book. Sabaa Tahir has said that she killed multiple characters and I’m terrified that one of those characters will be Elias or Laia. As long as the two of them survive, I’ll be okay with any other death. However, I know that Sabaa Tahir likes causing her fans pain, so I wouldn’t be surprised if one of them die.

P.S. I would like to give An Ember in the Ashes credit for teaching me roman numerals. I wanted to know what chapter I was on, so I taught it to myself.

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