Author Sabaa Tahir adds additional anticipation for An Ember in the Ashes with the reveal of a new trailer and interview!
On April 28th, author Sabaa Tahir will be making her YA debut with the release of the highly anticipated An Ember in the Ashes.
“Laia is a Scholor living under the iron-fisted 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 rebel Scholars who claim that they will help to save her brother from execution. Elias is 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 a ruthless contest to choose the next Martial emperor. When Laia and Elias’s paths cross at the academy, they find that their destinies are more intertwined than either could have imagined and that their choices will change the future of the empire itself.”
– Official book synopsis
Tahir sat down with Entertainment Weekly to share some details on the book and to share a new trailer.
What was your inspiration for An Ember in the Ashes?
Tahir: I was inspired a lot by my childhood, actually. That was sort of the first inspiration for me. I grew up in the Mojave Desert, and I always felt like an outcast because I did not fit in because of the color of my skin and where my family was from. As a result, I felt really voiceless and powerless as a kid. I turned to books to find comfort—particularly fantasy books because they took me to a different world altogether. As I grew up, I learned that to have a voice and to have power, writing was sort of the best way to get that voice and to get power. I always knew that if I did write, I wanted to write something in which the characters felt as voiceless and powerless as I did when I was a kid. But unlike me, they would actually fight back and learn how to speak and to make their place in the world. So that’s really where it started.
Is this a standalone novel?
Tahir: Right now it is a standalone. Penguin only bought one book. I would love to write more books in the series, and I have my whole characters and their lives and everything that happens to them, it’s all planned out in my head. But they did just buy one book. For now it’s a standalone, but after Ember comes out, I’m really, really hoping readers will want more. It’s really up to readers.
To read more of the interview, click here.
Click the image below to check out the new trailer —