[FRIDAY FIRST] a Reaper at the Gates by Sabaa Tahir (#3 an Ember in the Ashes)

On Friday I always have this bookish meme in which I feature my current read and dive into it a bit more. I came across this article over at Tenacious Reader’s blog and fell in love at the spot, and I’ve loved writing this article so far.

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| What kind of article is Friday First? |

It will feature the first few sentences/paragraph of my current book and my first impressions as well. It’s meant to be a quick and easy way to share a bit about what I am reading, and I would love to hear others join in sharing their current reads as well.

The format is really simple. Include a quote. Include first impressions, it will not be a long drawn out analysis of the text or grand speculation of what is to come. Just a brief overview of how I’m feeling about the beginning of the book.

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| Today’s Book |

a Reaper at the Gates by Sabaa Tahir
#3 in the an Ember in the Ashes series
Genre: YA, Fantasy
Published by HarperVoyager
Pages: 463, Hardcover

Instead of putting down the Synopsis of book 3, which I’m currently reading, I’m putting down the synopsis of book 1 so that anyone who isn’t familiar with the series yet is 1. not being spoiled in any way and 2. can get aquatinted with the series.

About an Ember in the Ashes:

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.

| First Paragraph|
This one is originated from book 3, the one I’m currently reading,
since this paragraph won’t really spoil you. 

The Nightbringer

You love too much, my king.
My queen spoke the words often across the centuries we spent together. At first, with a smile. But in the later years, with a furrowed brow. Her gaze settled on our children as they tore about the palace, their bodies flickering from flame to flesh, tiny cyclones of impossibly beauty.
“I fear for you, Meherya.” Her voice trembled. “I fear what you will do if harm comes to those whom you love.”
“No harm shall befall you. I vow it.”
I spoke with the passion and folly of youth, though I was not, of course, young. Even then. They day, the breezes off the river ruffled her midnight hair and sunlight poured like liquid gold through the sheer curtains of the windows. It lit our children umber as they trailed scorch marks and laughter across the stone floor.
Her fears held her captive. I reached for her hands. “I would destroy any who dared hurt you,” I said.
“Meherya, no.”
I have wondered in the years since then if she already feared what I would become.
“Swear you would never. You are our Meherya. Your heart is made to love. To give. Not to take. That is why you are king of the jinn. Swear it.”
I swore two vows that day: to protect, always. To love, always.
Within a year, I had broken both.

| First Impressions |

I’ve been such a huge fan of this trilogy so far ever since the first book released. Book 1 got a 5-star rating and book 2 a 5-star rating as well and I may have loved the second book even more so. I’ve been looking forward to reading book 3 for so long and yet I’ve only just now started reading it when it’s being on my shelves ever since it’s release back in June this year! I should be ashamed of myself, yikes.

I’ve just barely begun reading so there isn’t a lot to say at this point though. I find it really interesting right from the start and the writing is addictive as I’ve come to expect by this author haha. I’m so happy to return to this world and I can’t wait to see what the (nearby) future holds for these beloved characters. 

If you aren’t familiar with this series yet, I’d definitely recommend getting yourself aquatinted with the books because they are soooo good! I especially loved that I think book 2 was maybe even better than book 1 which means I have high hopes for this current read since I hope it’ll at least match the genius-ness of book 1 and 2. We’ll see!

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What are you reading right now and did it start out good or not? What are your first thoughts about your current read? Love to hear from you.

With Love,
Melissa ♥

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