*Starred Review* Tahir continues the epic adventure she began with her debut, An Ember in the Ashes (2015). Now her third volume in the cycle begins where the sequel, A Torch against the Night (2016), left off. Elias, now the Soul Catcher and urgently needing to heighten his powers, is up to his eyebrows in despairing ghosts and angry jinn. Laia, who loves him, is desperate to foil the world-destroying machinations of the Nightbringer while also saving her people, the Scholars, from destruction. And the Blood Shrike is at sword's point with the consummately evil Commandant and determined to save her sister from the brutality of the sadistic, increasingly irrational emperor Marcus. Meanwhile, wars (and rumors of wars) threaten to bring the empire to its knees. Treachery abounds and courage seems no match for it. In short, Tahir has created another compelling story that defies readers to stop turning the pages. Credit her mastery of the suspense-inducing cliff-hanger, heightened by the three alternating points of view: Elias, Laia, and the Blood Shrike. As for her readers' point of view, Tahir's legions of fans will be delighted to find an inconclusive ending, which promises a fourth volume. The saga continues.HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: This series has been huge since its debut; don't bet against the latest volume or the one(s) still to come. Grades 9-12. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.
While Helene searches for a way to stave off her enemies and protect her sister and the Empire, Laia of Serra finds her efforts to stop the Nightbringer challenged by unexpected threats. By the best-selling author of An Ember in the Ashes. Simultaneous eBook.Review by Publisher Summary 2
Beyond the Empire and within it, the threat of war looms ever larger as the Blood Shrike, Helene Aquilla, Laia of Serra, and Elias Veturius all face increasing dangers.Review by Publisher Summary 3
BOOK THREE IN THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING SERIES"Thrilling and hard to put down, readers will absolutely devour Tahir's latest." --BuzzFeedAn Entertainment Weekly Summer Reads pick!"The perfect summer read." --The Washington PostThe highly anticipated third book in #1 New York Times bestselling author Sabaa Tahir's EMBER QUARTET.Beyond the Martial Empire and within it, the threat of war looms ever larger.Helene Aquilla, the Blood Shrike, is desperate to protect her sister's life and the lives of everyone in the Empire. But she knows that danger lurks on all sides: Emperor Marcus, haunted by his past, grows increasingly unstable and violent, while Keris Veturia, the ruthless Commandant, capitalizes on the Emperor's volatility to grow her own power--regardless of the carnage she leaves in her path. Far to the east, Laia of Serra knows the fate of the world lies not in the machinations of the Martial court, but in stopping the Nightbringer. But in the hunt to bring him down, Laia faces unexpected threats from those she hoped would help her, and is drawn into a battle she never thought she'd have to fight. And in the land between the living and the dead, Elias Veturius has given up his freedom to serve as Soul Catcher. But in doing so, he has vowed himself to an ancient power that demands his complete surrender--even if that means abandoning the woman he loves.