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.
The new thing with books is battle or some sort of military academy and always a resistance. It is a little hard to keep them all straight, I’m not gonna lie but this is the genre that has replaced vampires as the hot new thing. With that being said I finished An Ember in the Ashes that is getting all sorts of buzz and I get it. This has a handsome unlikely hero, a “normal” girl who is so much more and a cause bigger than themselves. This book reads quick, it did take me a bit to get immersed into this world…. to figure everything out but once I did I really enjoyed this. This is set on an epic scale in the future but at the same time has a bit of “Bible times” to it, which was really unique. I very much loved this and now the only bad part is waiting until the second book comes out in AUGUST! ugh!
Happy reading friends!
PS- You won’t believe what I did….. you know that app Meetup? Where you can join groups that interest you and meet up with strangers to make friends? Well, I created a Meetup based on my book club in Oklahoma. I called it Chapter Chat, and I have 20 members already and 12 people RSVP’ed to my first book club at the end of this month! EEK!!! This could go very well or really bad…. wish me luck!