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.“ -Goodreads
I had to do some manual labor the other day at work, and I wanted to read this novel before BookCon, so I signed up for Audible and downloaded the audiobook. It was a fantastic decision! I found the story to be completely captivating and absolutely amazing! Additionally, the audiobook performance was fantastic, the voice actors drew me into the story. I kept making excuses to listen to the audiobook, instead of reading the physical book (I typically switch back and forth between the two whenever I have an audiobook). Mostly I worked on a jigsaw puzzle while I listened. I can’t seem to find any fault in this story. It was well paced, had an excellent cliffhanger, and a lot of wonderful romantic confusion. I am eagerly awaiting the next book in the series.