Welcome to my first book review of march! Today it is for a book that took me the whole of February to get through (I seriously struggled) and that book is An Ember In The Ashes by Sabaa Tahir. Let’s do this.
I don’t know what it is about this book but something about it I just found hard. It literally took me an entire month to get read it. I kept having to switch between physically reading it and listening to the audiobook, I had to put it down for a week at one point. I just really struggled with it. and it’s not as if it is a bad book, in fact, I quiet enjoyed. There is just something about it that I just really struggled to click with. (I spoke to a few people online and apparently I am not the only person who had this struggle)
In general, I quiet liked the storyline in this one. I found the whole premise of Blackcliff and the Mask really intriguing. I am pretty curious about all of it. especially seeing’s as throughout this book, it isn’t really explained. You are basically just told, this is a thing, except it. I am curious about that aspect of it. I was reminded a little of Nevernight with it, just not quite as gruesome. there were lots of little bit of this story that I liked, for instance I liked the Commandant’s brutality, I liked Izzi’s determination, I liked some elements of the trials. But, I didn’t really love any element. For me most of the story just felt a bit slow and underdeveloped but, at same time, rushed.
For instance, for the most part, I didn’t really care about any of the characters. I just didn’t feel at all connected to them. I found myself not really caring what happened to them. and I am honestly not sure why I feel this way. Take Laia, I didn’t feel anything for her when she tortured and beaten, normally I would be anguished by that, willing a character on, to stay strong, but with her, I just didn’t. I felt nothing towards her. I honestly didn’t care if lived or died. And I felt the same about Elias as well.
Overall, I did not connect well with this book. It is only really the last 50 or so pages that I really enjoyed. There were just so many things that left me underwhelmed. Also, going to just throw this out there, I didn’t like the random ‘mythological’ elements that suddenly appeared. The creatures and the supernatural and all that. It just felt a bit out of place, not sure why, but it did. As of right now, I’m not sure if I will bother continuing with this trilogy. I really don’t get what all the hype is about with this one.
3 out of 5
And there we go. Have you read this one? Did you love it? or did you have similar issues with it? I am curious. I hope that you have enjoyed todays post and I will see you all again very soon.