AN EMBER IN THE ASHES series gets a new look with third novel, A REAPER AT THE GATES!
News about the Ember In The Ashes series by Sabaa Tahir has been pretty quiet overall since A Torch Against The Night‘s release in August 2016, but things just picked up again in a big, spectacular way!
Mashable debuted the new title for book three in the series: A Reaper At The Gates. Check out the stunning cover and synopsis below!
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.
Why does it look so different, you ask? The third novel marks a re-branding for the series with new designs featuring the protagonists. Author Sabaa Tahir was a big part of creating the revamped look and discussed the process with the reveal.
We had been talking about re-jacketing the covers to match how the story has developed and I will be blunt, I really wanted a to see a brown girl on these covers. And I wanted her in a position of power. How often have I seen book covers with a hero dead center? All the time. But how often is that hero a POC? Not often enough… I’ve always seen Laia as South Asian and Elias as a Middle Eastern/South Asian Mix. The cover artist sought out models who would fit those descriptions.
Here are the new looks for the first two books:
Additionally, the reveal included a release date of the upcoming third installment. It will hit bookshelves on April 10, 2018. It’s available for pre-order now via Amazon.
Sabaa Tahir thanked fans in a video shared at the top of the post, in which she discusses the new covers, working on Reaper, and more!