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A Reaper at the Gates

(An Ember in the Ashes #3)

4.19  ·  Rating details ·  71,207 ratings  ·  8,903 reviews
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
Kindle Edition, 473 pages
Published June 12th 2018 by Razorbill
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Torosa they've been made better because Sabaa wanted to use her influence to represent POC people, especially with the political climate within USA. She's do…morethey've been made better because Sabaa wanted to use her influence to represent POC people, especially with the political climate within USA. She's doing her bit. (less)
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  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, young-adult, 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 Eli
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
Christine Riccio
Devastating and excellent. Can't wait for the final installment! My full booktalk discussion is up on my youtube channel (polandbananasbooks). =) ...more
Brittney ~ Reverie and Ink
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 be
Tharindu Dissanayake
May 22, 2021 rated it really liked it
"Ghosts, it turns out, love to gossip."

I am so relieved! Considering what I had expected based on the first book, the second book -A Torch Against the Night- did not deliver the enjoyment I had hoped for, which left me feeling a little uneasy as to whether or not this series would work out for me. But A Reaper at the Gates fixed all that, bringing me back from the status of 'undecided' to 'likely fan'. I liked this way better than the second!

“Wights”—I raise my eyebrows—“are sweet?”

The main-plot
Renée Ahdieh
Mar 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Zemira Warner
Sep 03, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I hope Helene murders all the hateful peasants, rules the world and finds someone worthy of her greatness.

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
Helene Aquilla could punch me in the face and I would thank her for her time
Aug 14, 2017 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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.
Andreea Pop
Jun 30, 2016 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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.
alana ♡
Aug 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Hannah Greendale
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 e
ELLIAS (elliasreads)

That was sexy af.

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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??!?!?!!
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
✨    jami   ✨
“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 excel
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
Chelsea ✨Arielle’s Nebular Ally and Team Acrux✨
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 par
Mar 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourite-series
Such a good series through and through.
Beatrice in Bookland
"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 ins
Jun 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-fantasy
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!
Em Lost In Books

My favorite book in the series so far.
Jul 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 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
Even though these books are super sad like they are the ultimate level of sadness i still keep reading these books because
I'm sorry, Leigh Bardugo. I really am. But Sabaa Tahir has taken the throne, and she is not stepping down.

That's right, mortals. Sabaa Tahir is now my favorite author of all my favorite books in the entire world.

There is just so much shit that happens in this book. Good shit. I genuinely don't know how I'm speaking coherently for this review. It will probably end in gibberish, but honestly, I don't care. As long as I get my point across.

The writing: The inside of Sabaa Tahir's mind? It is gold.
Aug 14, 2017 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  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 Helene who is still my queen 👏🏼 I don’t give two shits about Laia lol but I do really like the mythological side the plot has taken and I can’t wait to read about what will go down in the last book😊
Wren (fablesandwren)
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 ...more
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Sabaa Tahir grew up in California’s Mojave Desert at her family’s 18-room motel. There, she spent her time devouring fantasy novels, raiding her brother’s comic book stash and playing guitar badly. She began writing An Ember in the Ashes

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