Ember in the Ashes release day blitz

Today I'm really excited to participate in the release blitz for one of my favorite novels of 2015: Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir! Not only is Ember an incredibly compelling and unique fantasy novel, but Sabaa is absolutely delightful and super talented too! Give this book a shot, and you'll be dying for a second book just like the rest of us! Be sure to keep reading for a special note for Sabaa AND a blitz-only giveaway for signed copies of the book and amazing sword letter openers that come courtesy of Sabaa, Penguin Teen, and Rockstar Book Tours!


Author: Sabaa Tahir
Release Date: April 28, 2015
Publisher: Razorbill
Genre: young adult fantasy
Status: HOPEFULLY book 1 of a series! *crosses fingers*

Summary:  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 slave.
Elias is a soldier.
Neither is free.

Under the Martial Empire, defiance is met with death. Those who do not vow their blood and bodies to the Emperor risk the execution of their loved ones and the destruction of all they hold dear.

It is in this brutal world, inspired by ancient Rome, that Laia lives with her grandparents and older brother. The family ekes out an existence in the Empire’s impoverished backstreets. They do not challenge the Empire. They’ve seen what happens to those who do.

But when Laia’s brother is arrested for treason, Laia is forced to make a decision. In exchange for help from rebels who promise to rescue her brother, she will risk her life to spy for them from within the Empire’s greatest military academy.

There, Laia meets Elias, the school’s finest soldier—and secretly, its most unwilling. Elias wants only to be free of the tyranny he’s being trained to enforce. He and Laia will soon realize that their destinies are intertwined—and that their choices will change the fate of the Empire itself.

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A letter from Sabaa Tahir:

Dear Readers,

Today, my “baby” AN EMBER IN THE ASHES is finally out in the world! From inception to pub date, this journey took eight years. And what a journey it was: writing, rewriting, revising, editing, querying, submitting; Meeting other debuts, bloggers, booksellers and librarians, and hearing their thoughts on EMBER. There aren’t enough superlatives to describe the radness.

And now, the book is here! I am so excited to see it in the hands of readers. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it. To celebrate release day, I’m giving away two signed, first-edition hardcovers of the book. Details below!

All my best,

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About the Author:
Sabaa Tahir grew up in California’s Mojave Desert at her family’s 18-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. Sabaa currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her family.

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2 winners will receive a signed hardcover of AN EMBER IN THE ASHES. US only. 3 winners will receive a hardcover of AN EMBER IN THE ASHES and a Sword Letter Opener! US only. Ends on May 9th at Midnight EST!

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  1. Congrats, Sabaa, on your release! Eight years is a long journey! I love young adult fantasy, and have never read one with an ancient Rome type of vibe. Thanks for the chance to read yours. :)

  2. Thank you so much for the giveaway.

  3. New author for me. Love the posters and trailer

  4. I like the cover and summary. Thanks for the giveaway, and I hope the book is a big success for you!

  5. This book looks absolutely brilliant, the cover and the context. I can't wait to read it!

  6. AHH this book was SO AMAZING Sabaa!!! I have all my fingers and toes crossed that you are able to publish a sequel!

  7. The font on the title cover alone makes me want to read. They say don't judge a book by it's cover, but this looks way awesome.

  8. I've heard so many good things about this book and the trailer looks absolutely cool! I can't wait to read this! :D

  9. I've heard so many good things about this book and the trailer looks absolutely cool! I can't wait to read this! :D