Warning: Spoilers from books 1 and 2 are revealed in this blog tour stop for Sabaa Tahir’s A REAPER AT THE GATES
A Reaper at the Gates, book 3 of the An Ember in the Ashes Series by Sabaa Tahir, was released on June 12th, and we’re in the midst of reading it. However, if you haven’t read book 3 yet and you’d like some refreshers on some of the important stuff that happened in An Ember in the Ashes and A Torch in the Night, we’ve got what we consider the top 5 most important things to know from the first two books. So, yeah, spoilers.
Laia loses her family (from book one) – In the beginning of the book, we learn that Laia’s parents are already deceased; Laia’s mother was the leader of the resistance group that opposed the Martial Empire and was killed, along her her father. The Martial Empire captures her brother Darin and kills their grandparents, which leads her to seek the Resistance’s help to rescue Darin.
- Elias fails the final test at the Trials (from book one) – In order to win and become Emperor, one of the three Aspirants left, Elias, Helene, and Marcus, must be the first to kill a slave. Unfortunately, that slave is Laia, who Elias has secretly fallen for over the course of the novel. Elias is first to get to Laia, but tries to protect Laia from the other two. When Elias and Helene argue, Marcus does the deed and succeeds as Emperor, while Elias is to be executed.
Family ties are revealed (from book two) – Though Mask Avitas Harper shows no remorse or concern during his torturous questioning on Blood Shrike Helene Aquilla. However, in the second half of the book, he decides to stop taking order from the Commandant, refusing to kill Helene and tells her that he is Elias’s half-brother.
- There’s something about Keenan (from book two) – Keenan and Laia become closer, even as Laia has feelings for Elias. But after Elias is imprisoned, she finds comfort in Keenan and they spend the night together. After the night, Keenan reveals his true self as the Nightbringer. He has for decades gone in search of pieces of a broken star to put back together to bring back the jinn, his people, but in order to do so, he had to have those who were in possession of it give it to him freely, such as in the expression of love. Laia fell right into his deception.
- Elias sacrifices his soul (from book two) – Elias, dying from a slow-killing poison, meets with Shaeva the Soul Catcher who is to lead his soul past the Waiting Place. But instead of crossing, he makes a deal with Shaeva, promising to take over as Soul Catcher as long as he can go back to save Darin and Tas from death. Shaeva agrees.
These are the top 5 most important moments in the series so far, however, there were many other moments that made the series great, such as Helene’s healing powers, Laia’s ability to make herself invisible, the Aquilla family executed, to name a few.
We’re sure to see many more surprises and feel much more emotional in book three, A Reaper at the Gates. And let us know what your most important moments in the book series were!
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