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Author: Sabaa Tahir Narrator: Steve West, Fiona Hardingham Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Ember in the Ashes Series Release Date: April 2015 ISBN: 9781101890769
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Set in a terrifyingly brutal Rome-like world, An Ember in the Ashes is an epic fantasy debut about an orphan fighting for her family and a soldier fighting for his freedom. It’s a story that’s burning to be told.

Laia is a scholar living under the iron-fisted rule of the Martial Empire. When her brother is arrested for treason, Laia goes undercover as a slave at the empire’s greatest military academy in exchange for assistance from rebel scholars who claim that they will help to save her brother from execution.

Elias is the academy’s finest soldier— and secretly its most unwilling. He is considering deserting the military, but before he can, he’s ordered to participate in a ruthless contest to choose the next Martial emperor.

When Laia and Elias’ paths cross at the academy, they find that their destinies are more intertwined than either could have imagined—and that their choices will change the future of the empire itself.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “With An Ember in the Ashes, Sabaa Tahir shows us light in darkness, hope in a world of despair, and the human spirit reaching for greatness in difficult times.”

    Brandon Sanderson, #1 New York Times bestselling author

  • “This electric debut is a pulse-pounding action-packed Romeo and Juliet story in a richly imagined world with a great twist and heroic characters you’ll root for and won’t stop thinking about.”

    Melissa de la Cruz, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Tahir’s deft, polished debut alternates between two very different perspectives on the same brutal world, deepening both in the contrast. In a tale brimming with political intrigue and haunted by supernatural forces, the true tension comes from watching Elias and Laia struggle to decide where their loyalties lie.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “This strong debut featuring two characters who battle to survive a brutal society is perfectly enhanced through its narration…Fiona Hardingham’s soft, cultured tones convey both Laia’s overwhelming fear and sheer determination to overcome the horrible abuses she experiences. Alternately, Steve West calls forth the tension in Elias as he struggles to maintain his morality while unwillingly competing to become the next emperor. Secondary characters are well nuanced…Listeners will find themselves drawn in as the narrators bring this society, suggestive of the Roman Empire, vividly to life. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award.”

    AudioFile

  • A New York Times bestseller
  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
  • A 2015 Amazon Best Books of the Year Selection for Debut Authors
  • A NCIBA Book Award Finalist for Young Adult

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About the Author

Sabaa Tahir grew up in California’s Mojave Desert at her family’s eighteen-room motel. There she spent her time devouring fantasy novels, raiding her brother’s comic book stash, and playing guitar badly. She began writing An Ember in the Ashes while working nights as a newspaper editor. She likes thunderous indie rock, garish socks, and all things nerd. Tahir currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her family.

About the Narrators

Fiona Hardingham is a British-born actress, singer, voice-over artist, and AudioFile Earphones Award–winning narrator. On stage, she appeared at the Edinburgh Festival in her comedic one-woman show The Dark Show. She has also starred in the dark-comedy short film The Ballerino. She earned a BA honors degree in performing arts from Middlesex University, London, and also studied at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts.

Steve West, the winner of multiple Earphones Awards for narration, is an international actor who has starred on London’s prestigious West End stage, including productions of Mamma Mia! and Oh, What a Night! He is widely known for his television and film work in both the United States and the UK, and he has performed for Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace. He hosts his own television show for the UK live from Los Angeles.