TITLE: A Reaper at the Gates
AUTHOR: Sabaa Tahir
SERIES: An Ember in the Ashes #3
GENRES: Fantasy, Young Adult
PUBLISHED: June 14th 2018
Beyond the Empire and within it, the threat of war looms ever larger.
The Blood Shrike, Helene Aquilla, is assailed on all sides. Emperor Marcus, haunted by his past, grows increasingly unstable, while the Commandant capitalizes on his madness to bolster her own power. As Helene searches for a way to hold back the approaching darkness, her sister’s life and the lives of all those in the Empire hang in the balance.
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 while hunting for a way to bring him down, Laia faces unexpected threats from those she hoped would aid 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 will stop at nothing to ensure Elias’s devotion–even at the cost of his humanity.
WHAT I THINK
Love. I sigh. Love is joy coupled with misery, elation bound to despair. It is a fire that beckons me gently and then burns when I get too close. I hate love. I yearn for it. And it drives me mad.
This book! Sabaa how could you?! And then you make us wait for a YEAR for the next book to come? No,no, no, this is not okay, I’m not okay. I should have waited before reading this, this just won’t do.
A Reaper at the Gates left me as an emotional wreck. I’m not sure I can survive for the years wait. Well, I also thought this would be the epic ending of this series but I guess not then.
So much happened in this book but at the same time not enough. For a book with over 400 pages it felt to have too little in it. I was waiting some kind of closure, at least for something. Instead there were more things revealed and left for us to chew on and wait for a year before getting more!
Also the pace could have been quicker. At some point the story just seemed to drag on and on for way too long. On contrary some things felt like they were just brushed under the rug way too quickly instead of telling more about the facts at hand, about why it’s happening and how etc.
I’m still keeping my fingers crossed for happy ending for some of the characters okay!? I’m such a romantic that I can’t handle it if everything ends up in bigger heartbreak than it already is.
Laia was brave as always, she stood up for her people, even when certain someone kept trying to get her leave everyone else. She so deserves a happy ending and her place as a leader.
Helene on the other hand. I’m so rooting for her and Harper and damn she needs to get her head out of her ass, okay? I’m kind of in the middle of deciding how I feel about her. At some points of the story she felt to be way too proud to see any other ways to deal with everything. And then again at some times she put everyone else before herself.
Elias, well damn. I’m a mess okay. I need him to be okay, to get to be himself again. They need to find a way!
And Keris, I hope you burn in hell.
All in all this was an amazing third book in this series! I would have hoped it to be a little more fast paced than it was, with a little more information about some things. But no matter what, I think this series will stay as one of my favorites right after Harry Potter.