Title: A Reaper at the Gates (An Ember in the Ashes #3)
Author: Sabaa Tahir
Laura’s rating: 4 stars
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.
This book got me reading that last 25% like a hellion, it was THAT good and I mean finally, I felt like some of the chapters were more of the same, especially with Elias, but I will praise (Yet again) the writing style, it was like spreading soft butter on warm toasty bread, smooth.
Ok so I’m going to review the plot by character:
ELIAS: This poor guy just kept struggling between his feeling for Laia/ saving the people/ his duties as the new Soul Catcher. And to me, it was kind of boring. Its only at the end we see a bit of action on his part.
LAIA: She was just trying to do the right thing, but sometimes doing the right thing is impossible. She’s only human, right? Fighting against a creature with magic? I mean come on! Throw her a bone already!
Also, she went through some messed up emotional phases, and her views of the people and their suffering are real (at least to me)
“Curse this world for that it does to the mothers, for what it does to the daughters. Curse it for making us strong through loss and pain, our hearts torn from our chests again and again. Curse it for forcing us to endure.”
THE SHRIKE: I think my main goal in life is to see Helene and Harper have a happily ever after, never mind, I’ll take a happy moment. The Shrike’s objective in this book was to end the Commandant. Only that she kept making mistakes, mistakes that could get her killed. So that was frustrating.
THE NIGHTBRINGER: Well, I think this is the only character that knew what he was doing, just moving pieces around in a giant chess board. I’m looking forward to understating how come he kept appearing literally everywhere and he never even tried to kill any of the main characters.
As usual, this book ended with even worse settings than the previous books. And I’m just sitting here wondering how the hell are they going to fix that!