A Reaper at the Gates (An Ember in the Ashes, #3)by Sabaa Tahir Published 12 6 2018
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The highly anticipated third book in Sabaa Tahir's New York Times bestselling EMBER QUARTET.
Beyond the Empire and within it, the threat of war looms ever larger.
The Blood Shrike, Helene Aquilla, is assailed on all sides. Emperor Marcus, haunted by his past, grows increasingly unstable, while the Commandant capitalizes on his madness to bolster her own power. As Helene searches for a way to hold back the approaching darkness, her sister's life and the lives of all those in the Empire hang in the balance.
Far to the east, Laia of Serra knows the fate of the world lies not in the machinations of the Martial court, but in stopping the Nightbringer. But while hunting for a way to bring him down, Laia faces unexpected threats from those she hoped would aid her, and is drawn into a battle she never thought she'd have to fight.
And in the land between the living and the dead, Elias Veturius has given up his freedom to serve as Soul Catcher. But in doing so, he has vowed himself to an ancient power that will stop at nothing to ensure Elias's devotion--even at the cost of his humanity.
"A Reaper at the Gates (An Ember in the Ashes, #3)" Reviews
“There are worse things than death,” I say. “Shall we learn about them together?”
4 1/2 stars. When it comes to heart-racing action scenes, I cannot think of another YA author who does it better than Sabaa Tahir. She plunges you into the chaos almost immediately and once again, for the third book in a row, she keeps the drama and bloodshed coming until the very end.
The ONLY reason I rated this book slightly lower than An Ember in the Ashes and A Torch Against the Night is that I felt like Elias's perspective didn't contribute as much to this installment until close to the end, and some of his chapters felt like superfluous filler. But maybe it was that Laia's and Helene's (sorry, the Blood Shrike's) perspectives were just so damn good that Elias's ghostly wanderings paled in comparison.
If you've been enjoying this series up until now, there's no reason why your love shouldn't continue on with this book. The stakes keep getting higher and the war keeps getting bigger, leading to the kind of dramatic climax we would expect from this series. The body count is high, the reveals are exciting, and I am even more desperate for the next book than I was for this one.
Just when you think things can't possibly get any worse in A Reaper at the Gates, the delightfully evil Ms Tahir chuckles maniacally at her keyboard and - you guessed it - things get a whole lot worse.
I will sing you such a story—a story that was long untold. The story of a name and its meaning. Of how that name matters more than any other single word in existence. But I must prepare myself, for such stories are dragons drawn from a deep well in a dark place. Does one summon a dragon? No. One may only invite it and hope it emerges.
I'm not going to say too much about the story in case those reading this review haven't checked out the first two books yet. But I will say I like how the author created some more depth in a couple of the villainous characters in this book, turning them into fully-fleshed out human beings who are not just mindlessly evil (though they are still despicable). I also find the Nightbringer very interesting and I can't wait to read more about him.
Overall, it's a bloody, nasty book in a bloody, nasty series. It's filled with prophecy, creepy ghosts, and jinn seeking vengeance. There's romance, but not that much. And it seems to promise some very dark and terrible things to come. I can't wait!
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Devastating and excellent. Can't wait for the final installment! My full booktalk discussion is up on my youtube channel (polandbananasbooks). =)
Sabaa’s writing, characters, and storytelling deserves all the stars in the world. RTC!
Hey guys! So I'm seeing lots of turmoil in my feed but I thought I'd pop in. I'm not crazy about switching covers/etc in a series either, but before you go off on a huge tangent, go check out Sabaa's reasoning for the changes. My thoughts on the design/etc don't matter, and I happened to adore the old covers SO much, but this woman did a cool thing with her influence, and I'm so glad I know why! Link below :)
So all in all, you don't have to like the covers and you're totally entitled to your own opinions, but just be kind and respectful, please!
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whyyyyy, sabaa, whyyyyyyy???
you know how they tell you that good things come to those who wait? i never bought into this school of thought bc i'm pretty much veruca salt when it comes to books. but, holy hell, is A REAPER AT THE GATES worth it. i was immediately drawn back into this darkly dangerous world and all its amazing characters. each POV is distinct and painstakingly wrought. the action is intense, and the angst made my heart hurt for days afterward. it's smart, sexy, and gut-wrenching. exactly what you've come to expect from the brilliance of sabaa tahir.
all i'm saying is that i need more. now. in veruca salt singing voice: DON'T CARE HOW, I WANT IT NOWWWWWWW.
THIS COMES OUT THIS YEAR. Holy moly, time has passed rather quickly. But I'm still not happy about the cover style change. Hmph.
Meaningly, my torturous, never-ending wait. Because freaking 2018.
Me: Nothing can be worse than the Tower of Dawn cover
A Reaper at the Gates: *exists*
An Ember in the Ashes is one of my favorite series ever. I don't deserve this.