An Ember in the Ashes has been hovering on my to-read list ever since it’s release back in April 2015. It got a lot of praise, a lot of hype, and it’s all totally warranted. It even earned a spot on my ‘favourites’ list.
Laia’s grandparents are murdered and her brother taken prisoner; her only course of action is to join the resistance against the empire to save her brother. Elias is a soldier for the empire, but wants nothing more than to desert.
Here is a 100% accurate reenactment of my reading progression:
At first, I was pretty into it.
Then I was really into it.
Then I couldn’t stop reading
And now it’s over.
Seriously, go read this. It’s a fantastic fantasy story with great character development and it will keep you from sleeping because you can’t imagine going to bed without finishing the story. (Amazon US / Amazon CA / Indigo / Book Depository)