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A Reaper at the Gates

(An Ember in the Ashes #3)

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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 sear
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Hardcover, 464 pages
Published June 12th 2018 by Razorbill
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Alek The first two covers were GORGEOUS
Really disappointed with this cover...
Sarah Petrovafire If you look on Tahirs website she announced it will be four books. But I also remember it orginally been advertised as a standalone.
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Emily May
Sep 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult, fantasy, 2018
“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
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Christine Riccio
Sep 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Devastating and excellent. Can't wait for the final installment! My full booktalk discussion is up on my youtube channel (polandbananasbooks). =)
Brittney ~ Reverie and Ink
Aug 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Sabaa’s writing, characters, and storytelling deserves all the stars in the world. RTC!



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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 be
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Mikee Andrea (ReadWithMikee)
OKAY BUT WHY DO WE HAVE TO WAIT UNTIL 2018???

As if ONE year wasn't long enough, Sabaa goes and makes us wait TWO years for the next book. :((((((((

What are we supposed to do until then? :'(
Renée Ahdieh
Mar 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
whyyyyy, sabaa, whyyyyyyy???

(aside: mwahahahahahaha)

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, s
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Warda
Jul 28, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Well, it seems like I’m in the major minority here.
Three books in and I’m still not attached to the characters. If any of them had died in this book, I would’ve shrugged it off.
Am I to blame? I don’t think so, since there barely was any backstory or development given to those characters.

Constant action, non-stop movement and not enough focus on our main characters. I had no option but to not form any attachment, since we weren’t given any breathing room for the plot to slow down and for it to
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Andreea Pop
Jun 30, 2016 marked it as to-read
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.
Zemira (Kylo Ren fangirl) Warner
I hope Helene murders all the hateful peasants, rules the world and finds someone worthy of her greatness.
emi
Me: Nothing can be worse than the Tower of Dawn cover

A Reaper at the Gates: *exists*


#WhatTheFuck


An Ember in the Ashes is one of my favorite series ever. I don't deserve this.
Alana • thebookishchick
Aug 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
It’s amazing how we willingly pay to be traumatized,  but honestly I’d do it all over again if I could. I have to say, there is no one in the writing game quite like Sabaa Tahir when it comes to opening up EVERY book with heart-pounding intensity. With that being said I was already terrified to start this book knowing that and also because, let's face it, Sabaa is also not the kindest to her characters. When I read the first 80 pages of this book I NOPED and put it down so fast not because it wa ...more
jessica
it is with a heavy heart and sorrowful soul that i have to rate this book anything lower than 5 stars (i actually may change and round up because a 3 feels sooo harsh at the moment), because this series has been absolutely stellar up until this point.

i get that a story is meant to have opposition. a character grows and develops through it and because of it. without opposition, there would be no resolution. but i also feel that it is important for a character to have hope and to have success alo
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may ❀
im trying to imagine how it would feel to finish a book and NOT BE WORRIED ABOUT THE FATE OF MY BABIES IN THE FINAL BOOK

👏LET👏ELIAS👏AND👏LAIA👏BE👏HAPPY👏ᵖˡᵉᵃˢᵉ

4.5 stars

buddy read with this reading disaster machine

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what the heck happened to the matching cover designs????

the title is 💯💯💯👌👌👌💯💯 but the cover is so OFF AND NOW IM SAD AND CONFUSED WHY DONT WE HAVE MATCHING COVERS!!!!

. . . also. . .is anyone gonna mention how gorgeous elias looks??!?!?!!
Hannah Greendale
Apr 30, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy, young-adult
The immediacy of Tahir's writing remains spot-on, but the beautiful prose found in An Ember in the Ashes is absent in the third installment of the series. Too much of A Reaper at the Gates reads like filler, and the narrative lacks compelling focus with characters seemingly running in circles. The plot hinges on a reveal that's been blazing red since the first book in the series. The Nightbringer remains a tool used for narrative convenience, and Tahir's continued underutilization of one of the ...more
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5 Sweet bleeding skies ★'s

“The sword point is my priest. The dance of death is my prayer. The killing blow is my release.”

“Hope is stronger than fear. It is stronger than hate.”


Holly Mother!!! I don't even know what to say right now! I am completely speechless. 'A Reaper at the Gates' is utterly freaking brilliant! BRILLIANT! I was awestruck from beginning to end and I sure as hell didn't want to put it down. It's hypnotizing, once the pages started turning I couldn't stop. I have so many emoti
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Cait • A Page with a View
Jul 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I went into this knowing most major plot points, but that still didn't make it any less intense or emotional. Sabaa's writing is incredible as usual — I think this might be the strongest book yet!

Obviously anything I say about the third book's story will be a slight spoiler for previous books, so I'll keep it simple. Elias is doing his thing as the Soul Catcher and slowly becoming less and less a part of the human world... no, ok. I can't talk about this plot.



Ughhh I'll just say that I'm not HAP
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karen
Aug 02, 2018 rated it liked it
oooh, goodreads choice awards semifinalist for best young adult fantasy 2018! what will happen?

this book is an inch-and-a-half thick and i was bored and shocked by my boredom until maybe the last quarter-inch.

i’d been looking forward to reading this tremendously, and when i finally carved out the space to get to it, i dove in like a fox in the snow



but my elation was dampened by the slog of it, and i got sadder and sadder as the book refused to be as awesome as the first two.



it’s very convolute
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Chelsea ❤Peril Please❤
Love cannot live here.


When one of your favorite authors in the world has a new book coming out, it generally becomes your whole world. You have laser focus. Books lose that quality that always seems to drag you in. You obsess and rant and annoy so many people, yet you just could care less-until the day comes and you finally have it in your hands and you can’t devour it quick enough. This is that book.



I just so happened to be one of those lucky Bloggers/Bookstagrammers that was a part of the
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✨    jamieson   ✨
“Curse this world for what it does to the mothers, for what it does to the daughters. Curse it for making us strong through loss and pain, our hearts torn from our chests again and again. Curse it for forcing us to endure.”


Look, I'm gonna do something a bit weird here and start with the negatives I REALLY, really enjoyed reading this book but at the same time I had some niggling little issues that I was waiting for some action on and it never came. I need to talk about them.

this is an excelle
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Beatrice in Bookland
Aug 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
"In this fiery hellscape of a world, this mess of blood and madness, justice exists only for those who take it. I'll be damned if I'm not one of them."

1) An ember in the ashes ★★★★☆
2) A torch against the night ★★★★★

4.5

First things first: nothing will ever be as badass as Helene covered in blood fighting with her war hammer

Anyway, A reaper at the gates was fantastic. Everything came full circle (even if there's still one book left) and some little things that didn't make sense in the previous ins
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Heather
Jun 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Full review to come soon! Let's just say after this:
I still love Helene
Elias is amazing and my heart for him..
Laia, I've really grown to enjoy her character.

So many plot twists I did not seeing coming...like at all!
The ending....what???

Amazing book, I expected nothing less from this series!
Scrill
Aug 14, 2017 marked it as to-read
Shelves: 2018
Edit:
Ok, so I am mad that it wont match my other hardback covers. If you're buying the books with these covers, the older editions also got revamped, and together they look alright I guess...but my bookshelf feng shui is going to be thrown off. I dunno, I was just such a fan of the original. Here are the remakes of the original covers, in case you haven't seen them.




So at least the color hues are similar....

Cover reveal:
Kept seeing these comments about the book cover, and I kept scrolling cause I
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Lena
Jul 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018-releases
I need sleep. Desperately.
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”Curse this world for what it does to the daughters. Curse it for making us strong through loss and pain, our hearts torn from our chests again and again. Curse it for forcing us to endure.”


8 hours later and I’m still in denial. I mean, what in the hells was that fucking ending???????? Sure, go ahead and rip the very soul from my body, laughing while you do it, won’t you?!
All I can say is that this book and series definitely live up to their
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Ishmeen
Jul 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Yoooo this was bloody amazing and so much better than the last one, I loved it!! My heart hurts for my poor soul catcher and I have to say Laia has grown on me but Helene is still a queen 👏🏼 I really like the mythological side the plot has taken and I can’t wait to read about all the shit that will go down in the last book😊
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
This cover is freaking AMAZE BALLS! Guess I will go over and pre-order for NEXT YEAR. Lol
Fables&Wren
Aug 14, 2017 marked it as to-read
Okay but why did you change the cover because I own the first two and now they won't match and I mean it's super cool looking and I love it but can we finish one edition and then start the other because I'll have them both
Beth
Spoiler Free Review :)

”Pain is a choice. Succumb to it and fail. Or defy it and Triumph.”

Words cannot express how blissfully happy I am with this. I mean for me it was everything that I could of wanted. I was wondering where the story would go after A Torch Against the Night We got updates in what had happened throughout the time on the travels and nothing was left un-said. This time around there’s so much foreboding and it’s setting up the final book perfectly. We see characters grow from stren
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Amy
Aug 14, 2017 marked it as to-read
Its almost as if publishers don't understand readers at all.

Publisher : What should we do with the cover of the third book in the series?

Cover Designer : We should make it COMPLETELY DIFFERENT!

Publisher : Perfect! The readers will love it!

Readers:

Hari ~Brekker-Maresh~
Jun 30, 2017 marked it as to-read
8/14/17

WE HAVE A TITLE, I REPEAT. WE HAVE A TITLE. THIS IS NOT A DRILL.

I am the definition of sHOOKETH by the TITLE BUT THE COVER????? AM I THE ONLY ONE SLIGHTLY DISAPPOINTED AND BY SLIGHTLY I MEAN WTFFFFFF

Hun, take a look at the rest of your fam.
Do. You. Look. Like. Them? No.
Are. You. Still. Pretty. Anyway? Maybe.

I'm not cover hating except I totally am but like... Um. Ok. Let's just be happy we have a cover with pretty pictures.

WADDUP BROWN PRIDE!

But why couldn't you match 😫

And maybe it'
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Taylor
Jul 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
“Curse this world for what it does to the mothers, for what it does to the daughters. Curse it for making us strong through loss and pain, our hearts torn from our chests again and again. Curse it for forcing us to endure.”

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Ya know, I shouldn't even be surprised at this point. I knew from Sabaa's instagram feed that this book would rip my heart out, but man. A Reaper at the Gates successfully made me a shell of my former self, and I honestly don't know what I'm going to do until the fourth b
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So I caved and the reread happened. Buddy read with this fake Canadian
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MY HEART STILL HURTS. To the point where I’m itching to reread Reaper already.

If you haven’t read this book or started this series, I urge you to do so immediately. Everyone needs to know the pain and the joy.

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IT’S HERE, IT’S FINALLY HERE.
At long last.
I can’t wait to be destroyed.
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An Ember in the Ashes (4 books)
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