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BUDDY READ:Paranormal/Fantasy > An Ember in the Ashes (An Ember in the Ashes #1) by Sabaa Tahir - Restarting April 7th 2022

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ellie (minsungellie) | 166 comments An Ember in the Ashes (An Ember in the Ashes, #1) by Sabaa Tahir

Laia is a slave. Elias is a soldier. Neither is free.

Under the Martial Empire, defiance is met with death. Those who do not vow their blood and bodies to the Emperor risk the execution of their loved ones and the destruction of all they hold dear.

It is in this brutal world, inspired by ancient Rome, that Laia lives with her grandparents and older brother. The family ekes out an existence in the Empire’s impoverished backstreets. They do not challenge the Empire. They’ve seen what happens to those who do.

But when Laia’s brother is arrested for treason, Laia is forced to make a decision. In exchange for help from rebels who promise to rescue her brother, she will risk her life to spy for them from within the Empire’s greatest military academy.

There, Laia meets Elias, the school’s finest soldier—and secretly, its most unwilling. Elias wants only to be free of the tyranny he’s being trained to enforce. He and Laia will soon realize that their destinies are intertwined—and that their choices will change the fate of the Empire itself.


ellie (minsungellie) | 166 comments I am finishing up my book right now, so I am hopefully going to start this book in about a day or two!


ellie (minsungellie) | 166 comments Feel free to go at your own pace!


Mara (mara97) | 468 comments Will do! Think I will start today as I have nothing going on as of now.


Mara (mara97) | 468 comments Start today turned into 4 days later, but I finally started! (I hope it's detailed enough, I put it behind spoilers just in case).

27% [Part I] (view spoiler)


ellie (minsungellie) | 166 comments Part 1: (view spoiler)


ellie (minsungellie) | 166 comments 57% (view spoiler)


Mara (mara97) | 468 comments 52% (view spoiler)


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Mara (mara97) | 468 comments 100% (view spoiler)


ellie (minsungellie) | 166 comments Finished! Read my review here https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...


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Date changed. Restarting April 1st 2019. Happy Reading ☺

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Shar (fictionalshar) | 959 comments Started! I think I'm just going to update for each part and anytime anything shocking happens :)


Kelly | 1373 comments I started the audiobook :)


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Shar (fictionalshar) | 959 comments Kelly wrote: "I started the audiobook :)"

I have both the audio and physical so I may switch between the two to get it done faster :)


Kelly | 1373 comments Shar wrote: "Kelly wrote: "I started the audiobook :)"

I have both the audio and physical so I may switch between the two to get it done faster :)"


I tried a long time ago to listen to it at 2x speed but I didn't manage to follow and didn't remember anything so I'm listening to it at 1.5x now and it's great :).

Also, I'm a bit scared of this book because I think I heard the characters are going through a lot in this series? Mmh we'll see. I finished chapter 10 now. (view spoiler)


Katie | 3240 comments I also started the audio book! 12% done!


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Shar (fictionalshar) | 959 comments Chapter 10: (view spoiler)


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Shar (fictionalshar) | 959 comments Part One: (view spoiler)


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Susan (jazzescrapper) | 2376 comments Restarting this one tonight


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Shar (fictionalshar) | 959 comments Chapter Twenty Two: (view spoiler)


Kelly | 1373 comments Part One: (view spoiler)


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Kelly | 1373 comments Chapter 16 (view spoiler)


Kelly | 1373 comments Shar wrote: "Chapter Twenty Two: [spoilers removed]"

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Shar (fictionalshar) | 959 comments Kelly wrote: "Shar wrote: "Chapter Twenty Two: [spoilers removed]"

[spoilers removed]"


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Courtney | 11474 comments Up to chapter 9, but I am not sure how I feel about it yet. I really like Elias and Laia but nothing to great has happened yet.


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Shar (fictionalshar) | 959 comments Chapter Twenty Six: (view spoiler)


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Shar (fictionalshar) | 959 comments Chapter Thirty Six: (view spoiler)


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Shar (fictionalshar) | 959 comments Finished: (view spoiler)


Kelly | 1373 comments Are you planning on reading the sequel this month Shar?


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Shar (fictionalshar) | 959 comments Not really planned anything at this stage. If you wanna br the sequel with me this month then I’d definitely be down for that. It can be next month too if you want :)


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Shar (fictionalshar) | 959 comments Btw if you are in the monthly challenge I noticed that this book was also first published in april so its +8 bonus points


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Courtney | 11474 comments Chapter 13 (view spoiler)


Kelly | 1373 comments Shar wrote: "Btw if you are in the monthly challenge I noticed that this book was also first published in april so its +8 bonus points"

Awesome. I didn't notice before. Thanks !

As for the sequel, it depends on how I feel after I finish it. I'll let you know :)


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Shar (fictionalshar) | 959 comments Kelly wrote: "Shar wrote: "Btw if you are in the monthly challenge I noticed that this book was also first published in april so its +8 bonus points"

Awesome. I didn't notice before. Thanks !

As for the sequel..."


All goods. Just let me know when you're done and if you wanna read the sequel we can sort out a date and if not then I'll be happy to read it on my own hahaha :)


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Courtney | 11474 comments Chapter 22 (view spoiler)


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Courtney | 11474 comments Also I plan on reading the next book as well, but probably wont be able to until about the 7th. I am still only at 51% so I need time to finish


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Shar (fictionalshar) | 959 comments Courtney wrote: "Also I plan on reading the next book as well, but probably wont be able to until about the 7th. I am still only at 51% so I need time to finish"

No rush :) We can plan a br anytime for it


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Courtney | 11474 comments Shar wrote: "Chapter Twenty Six: [spoilers removed]"

Same. I am on chapter 30 and I still cant wrap my head around it.


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Courtney | 11474 comments Chapter 33 (view spoiler)


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Courtney | 11474 comments Shar wrote: "Chapter Thirty Six: [spoilers removed]"

I think so too. (view spoiler)


Kelly | 1373 comments Chapter 34 (view spoiler)


Kelly | 1373 comments Chapter 38 (view spoiler)


Kelly | 1373 comments Chapter 44 (view spoiler)


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Courtney | 11474 comments Kelly wrote: "Chapter 44 [spoilers removed]"

Same, but I was hoping for a different outcome.


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Courtney | 11474 comments Finished. (view spoiler)


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Shar (fictionalshar) | 959 comments Kelly wrote: "Chapter 44 [spoilers removed]"

I guessed that but I hoped Helene would have gotten it instead.


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Shar (fictionalshar) | 959 comments Kelly wrote: "Chapter 34 [spoilers removed]"

I think she is almost made to be liked at first and then disliked and then liked again once you understand her reasoning.


Kelly | 1373 comments Finished - (view spoiler)

I'm interested in reading the sequel but I won't be able to start before the 14th I think (I'm limited with Scribd audiobooks :(


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