Elias and Laia are running for their lives.
After the events of the Fourth Trial, Martial soldiers hunt the two fugitives as they flee the city of Serra and undertake a perilous journey through the heart of the Empire.
Laia is determined to break into Kauf – the Empire’s most secure and dangerous prison – to save her brother, who is the key to the Scholars’ survival. And Elias is determined to help Laia succeed, even if it means giving up his last chance at freedom.
But dark forces, human and otherworldly, work against Laia and Elias. The pair must fight every step of the way to outsmart their enemies: the bloodthirsty Emperor Marcus, the merciless Commandant, the sadistic Warden of Kauf, and, most heartbreaking of all, Helene – Elias’s former friend and the Empire’s newest Blood Shrike.
Bound to Marcus’s will, Helene faces a torturous mission of her own – one that might destroy her: find the traitor Elias Veturius and the Scholar slave who helped him escape… and kill them both.
Oh. My. God. Amazing! This was so much better than book one! And incredibly so! Full of plot twists, I never knew what to expect. I think I held my breath through most chapters from the very first page.
It picks up exactly where it left of, and it’s in the clue of the action. I’d change nothing about this book; there weren’t unnecessary scenes, characters or deaths. The few love scenes weren’t there just to please some readers. Everything felt exactly right.
It’s all centered on Elias and Laia’s goal, breaking Darin out of prison; but at the same time we get a new perspective on the empire thanks to Helene’s POV. She’s ordered to find Elias and publicly execute him. CAN YOU FEEL MY PAIN??
It’s unbelievable how well planned these books were, because every little thing that happen in Ember has repercussions, or explanations in this book. And now I’m so freaking happy that there are still two books planned, because there’s still so much that has to happen and so many questions that need answers.
Sabaa Tahir crafted a magnificent world, full of beauty, pain, and emotion. I need more!