WYR: Empire, Espionage & Escape

Some weeks I’m itching for a good mystery. Others I’m craving an emotional roller coaster. Or fantasy. Or historical fiction. Or goodness knows what. It might be brand new or something ancient or anywhere in between. In any case, it’s nice to share, so …

What’s Your Read?

My only claim to a superpower is that when a book is in my hands I am capable of losing all touch with time and space. This is a handy ability for escaping reality, but as with any great power, it comes with great responsibility. While normally punctual to a fault, I cannot let myself begin to read half an hour before I need to be anywhere or do anything. I set alarms for everyday tasks and text my spouse a warning message that I’m about to read.

Yes, I almost forgot to write this post. Yes, because I was reading. It’s Memorial Day weekend, I said to myself. You’ll be with family, Kate. They won’t like it if you ignore them the whole time. Grab the e-book. Get a head start.

Good (and bad) news is that though I can zone out with a book most of the time, this one makes it exceptionally easy. Read this one with caution, folks. You might not surface for a while.

Laia and Elias are coming to the same realizations, dealing with similar fears and dangers, and daring to hope in an existence that has worked hard to beat it out of them. However, she’s a Scholar, enslaved and spying for the Resistance. He’s a Martial, a trained Mask, an elite killing machine sworn to serve the Empire who dreams of escaping it.

I don’t shy away from book-gore, but it must prove necessary. If the plot could advance without it, then I’m not amused by violence (or anything else) used as a shock factor. This story is brutal. And beautiful. The horrors shape a world terrible enough to make its characters walk towards certain death (and worse) in order to have a speck of a chance to change it.

The long line of accolades got me to notice this book. The book itself is making it impossible to put it down.

Goodbye, weekend. My apologies, family. Happy (and safe) Memorial Day to all for whom it applies!

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

  Have a suggestion for my next read? What’s yours?

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