Sabaa Tahir’s debut novel An Ember in the Ashes
came out this week from Razorbill to rave reviews.
In an interview titled “Why An Ember in the Ashes
could launch Sabaa Tahir into JK Rowling territory,” PRI’s “The World
” says, “An Ember in the Ashes
kept me up at night. I couldn’t put the book down. I’m not the only one. It seems as though anyone who touches the book cannot stop reading until the story ends. It has the addictive quality of The Hunger Games
combined with the fantasy of Harry Potter
and the brutality of Game of Thrones
.” US Weekly
writes, “Sabaa Tahir spins a captivating, heart-pounding fantasy,” and The Huffington Post
raves, “One thing I can say for sure: this is a page-turner. There comes a moment when it’s impossible to put it down.
Sabaa Tahir is a strong writer, but most of all, she’s a great storyteller.”
NPR.org writes, ““Fast-paced, well-structured, and full of twists and turns, An Ember in the Ashes
is an evocative debut that’s left me invested in knowing what happens next.” EW.com
revealed two official book trailers for An Ember in the Ashes.
Other media includes feature interviews with The San Jose Mercury News, The Salt Lake Tribune, Publishers Weekly
and PRI’s “To the Best of Our Knowledge.” Reviews are confirmed in Cosmopolitan, Justine, The New York Times Book Review, US Weekly, The Washington Post,
MTV.com, Teenvogue.com, Bustle.com, Hellogiggles.com, PopSugar, Shelf Awareness, BookPage, io9.com, and Tor.com among others.
Set in a high-fantasy world with echoes of ancient Rome, An Ember in the Ashes
tells the story of a slave fighting for her family and a young soldier fighting for his freedom. This is the story of Laia, a girl who, in spite of her fear, will risk everything—her freedom, her safety, her life—in an attempt to save her brother, the only family she has left. It’s the story of Elias, a young man raised from boyhood to be a member of an elite, ruthless, and cruel force of assassins, whose iconic silver masks are the physical embodiment of a faceless, senseless violence that at once erases their own identities and yet defines them. It’s also the story of Helene, whose capacity for great love is eclipsed only by the loyalty she has to a regime she can’t bring herself to question. Of Marcus, a man whose ambition and bloodlust will cost him the only thing he ever cared about. Of Keenan, a boy whose faith in those who thinks he will save has people has trapped him in a corrupt and hopeless cause. Because this is the story of all the casualties that cultures of violence demand, literal and figurative. Love, loyalty, freedom, friendship – all will be put to the test when lines are crossed and the violence comes to a head.
Sabaa Tahir is currently on a two-week national tour, visiting schools and stores in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Seattle, Salt Lake City, Washington, DC, Philadelphia and Chicago. Read more…