Reviewed by Evan F., Grade 10
An Ember In The Ashes was a fantastic book, in my opinion. This fictional novel is about a boy and a girl in a Romanesque setting. Elias, of the Martial race, is attending a military academy that will train him to become what the people call a Mask. After an Augur, an immortal monk, declares there must be a new emperor, Elias gets chosen to go through the Trials to pick a new emperor. Laia is of the Scholar race that is being ruled by the Martial race. Laia’s brother is arrested and taken to prison, so Laia joins the Resistance. In order for Laia to find her brother, she disguises herself as a slave for the commandant. The story has a slow pace in the beginning, but it eventually drew me in the more I read. An Ember In The Ashes is in first person, so you can know what the characters are thinking and how they feel about situations. The characters are relatable, and the suspense is there. I was intrigued from the start. An Ember In The Ashes is a great book to read if you’re looking for something with action, suspense, and a love story.