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A Reaper at the Gates

(An Ember in the Ashes #3)

4.23  ·  Rating details ·  41,732 ratings  ·  5,713 reviews
Beyond the Martial Empire and within it, the threat of war looms ever larger.

Helene Aquilla, the Blood Shrike, is desperate to protect her sister's life and the lives of everyone in the Empire. Yet danger lurks on all sides. Emperor Marcus, haunted by his past, grows increasingly unstable and violent, while Keris Veturia, the ruthless Commandant, capitalizes on the
Hardcover, 458 pages
Published June 12th 2018 by Razorbill
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Nicole 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's
Jul 28, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Well, it seems like Im in the major minority here.
Three books in and Im still not attached to the characters. If any of them had died in this book, I wouldve shrugged it off.
Am I to blame? I dont 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 werent given any breathing room for the plot to slow down and for it to
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
Sabaas 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
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,
Zemira (Kylo Ren fangirl) Warner
I hope Helene murders all the hateful peasants, rules the world and finds someone worthy of her greatness.
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.
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
Aug 14, 2017 marked it as to-read
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.
alana ♡
Aug 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Its amazing how we willingly pay to be traumatized,  but honestly Id 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 ...more
Hannah Greendale
Apr 30, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult, fantasy
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
5 Sweet bleeding skies STAR'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
ELLIAS (elliasreads)
Oct 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020-books, i-own

That was sexy af.

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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


4.5 stars

buddy read with this reading disaster machine


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??!?!?!!
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.

id 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.

its very convoluted
✨    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 excellent
Mar 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Such a good series through and through.
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 cant 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
Beatrice in Bookland
Aug 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
"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 ★★★★★


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
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 at all!
The ending....what???

Amazing book, I expected nothing less from this series!
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 theres so much foreboding and its setting up the final book perfectly. We see characters grow from strength
Jul 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I need sleep. Desperately.

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 Im 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, wont you?!
All I can say is that this book and series definitely live up to their hype
Aug 14, 2017 marked it as to-read
Shelves: 2018
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
Even though these books are super sad like they are the ultimate level of sadness i still keep reading these books because
Wren (fablesandwren)
Aug 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
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
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 cant wait to read about all the shit that will go down in the last book😊 ...more
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!


Helene Aquilla could punch me in the face and I would thank her for her time
Jun 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Do you ever read a book and go I wonder how would I feel if I read this in a different time or in a different format?
I do that with a lot of my books, especially the ones I love. But for this one, I have no doubt I would've loved it no matter what, I was just hooked from the first chapter till the last one.
So I caved and the reread happened. Buddy read with this fake Canadian

MY HEART STILL HURTS. To the point where Im itching to reread Reaper already.

If you havent read this book or started this series, I urge you to do so immediately. Everyone needs to know the pain and the joy.

At long last.
I cant wait to be destroyed.
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Sabaa Tahir grew up in Californias Mojave Desert at her familys 18-room motel. There, she spent her time devouring fantasy novels, raiding her brothers comic book stash and playing guitar badly. She began writing An Ember in the Ashes

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