Happy Wednesday, Reading Nook readers!
This week, my WoW pick is An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir.
Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Breaking the Spine. It’s a weekly meme that allows bloggers to talk about what upcoming book they’re most looking forward to read!
Hardcover, 464 pages
Expected publication: April 28th 2015 by Razorbill
Laia is a Scholar living under the brutal 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 other Scholars who claim that they will help to save her brother from execution. At the academy, Laia meets Elias, 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 the Trials, a ruthless contest to choose the next Martial emperor. It is not long before the far-reaching arm of Trials snatches not just Elias but Laia as well; and soon the two will find that their destinies are more intertwined than either could have imagined and that their choices will change the future of the empire itself.
Why I'm waiting:
But outside of that, I love the description that the book is set in a "terrifyingly brutal Rome-like world", and the fact that the two main characters are basically fighting for survival.
Seriously, can it be April already?
(Also, go look at Sabba's bio. She's sounds totally awesome, which is another reason why I want to read this!)
About the author:
Sabaa Tahir was born in London but grew up in California’s Mojave Desert at an 18-room motel. During a summer internship at The Washington Post, she wrote an Outlook piece on arranged marriage from her perspective as a South Asian.
Little did she know that this would result in an offer of a reality TV show on MTV, a dozen marriage proposals, and one phone call that turned out to be from her future husband. After graduating from UCLA, Sabaa accepted a full-time position as an editor on the foreign desk at The Post. Three summers later, in 2007, she came up with the concept for An Ember in the Ashes.
Sabaa currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and children. An Ember in the Ashes is her first book.