An Ember in the Ashes (Unabridged‪)‬

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Publisher Description

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 literally 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. Elias 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’s 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.

Kids & Young Adults
Fiona Hardingham
hr min
April 28
Listening Library

Customer Reviews

Very Serious Reviewer ,

This is my favorite audiobook EVER!!!

This series of audiobooks is perfect! Especially because it has so many narrators! Book one has Steve West (as Elias) and Fiona Hardingham (as Laia) and as the series goes on more narrators are added but never changed! The book is so compelling and action-packed that I literally listened to it for HOURS a day. You probably won’t press the “pause button” too often. I also love the complex characters! They’re not just copy-and-paste personalities like so many other novels, they’re thoroughly thought out and are properly executed. It’s a little violent, but it doesn’t bother me personally. I’d say the torture and killings of children is the only violence that I think went a little too far, even though it’s just a book. I understand it’s supposed to be a cruel world, but I just don’t like violence inflicted on children being used in entertainment. But other than that it’s absolutely fantastic! I HIGHLY recommend it if you like great series and great narrators! 10/10 💯

Miku 02 ,

Perfect Narration, Perfect Story

Narration: I love this book’s narrators (yup, there’s two)! At first, I thought the man’s voice was a little—I don’t know—hard to listen to. Mainly because his voice is very deep and kind of course, so it just wasn’t what I was used to when listening to audiobooks. However, after a couple chapters I’ve gotten used to it (even his attempts at feminine voices). The woman narrator’s voice adds to the character so much (even more so than the man’s), so I really enjoy listening to her chapters.

Story: A few chapters in, I was hooked. Every single scene keeps you on the edge of your seat. Once you start, you won’t be able to stop reading—or in this case, listening. When the characters’ fate intertwines it creates a chain of interesting chapters that reveal more of the characters. Unlike most books I’ve read, this one has a strong world foundation and allows the characters to grow gradually, but never boringly. The characters’ fears are relatable and realistic. They’re not unbelievably strong (mentally, at least). At one point (I won’t tell it precisely for spoiler reasons), I actually started to get mild anxiety while anticipating what would happen next. I’m quite glad this book doesn’t revolve around the romance aspect, like a few other fantasy books I’ve read. If you’re looking for a fast-paced, action-packed, edge-of-your-seat, (I should just say thriller) romance-filled, dramatic, violent, incredible world, evolving characters, intellectual book—this may be just the right thing.

My complaints: 1. One of the protagonists, Laiah (not sure if I spelled her name correctly), thinks of the same thing a little too often. 2. I know this is kind of inevitable but, when it switches POVs and the other protagonist (the one who’s not the POV in the chapter) the female narrator, for example, does the voice of the male narrator’s character. It’s not THAT big of a deal, but it’s kinda confusing sometimes. But I understand it’s unavoidable and it really doesn’t bother me THAT much. And that pretty much all.

Overall thoughts: TRY IT OUT! I know it’s expensive but it’s worth it! There’s really no other book to compare it to, but I’d say world-wise it’d be The Hunger Games because it’s cruel like that. But the plot is definitely COMPLETELY different. It’s not one of those books that’s trying to be another one—like so many I’ve seen trying be Harry Potter or The Hunger Games 🙄. Anyways, it’s a must-buy! Hope you enjoy it!

ScyFyDiva4400 ,

An Ember in The Ashes

Loved the book! I hate waiting for the next one.

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