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Prepare for the jaw-dropping finale of Sabaa Tahir's beloved New York Times bestselling An Ember in the Ashes fantasy series, and discover: Who will survive the storm? Picking up just a few months after A Reaper at the Gates left off... The long-imprisoned jinn are on the attack, wreaking bloody havoc in villages and cities alike. But for the Nightbringer, vengeance on his h Prepare for the jaw-dropping finale of Sabaa Tahir's beloved New York Times bestselling An Ember in the Ashes fantasy series, and discover: Who will survive the storm? Picking up just a few months after A Reaper at the Gates left off... The long-imprisoned jinn are on the attack, wreaking bloody havoc in villages and cities alike. But for the Nightbringer, vengeance on his human foes is just the beginning. At his side, Commandant Keris Veturia declares herself Empress, and calls for the heads of any and all who defy her rule. At the top of the list? The Blood Shrike and her remaining family. Laia of Serra, now allied with the Blood Shrike, struggles to recover from the loss of the two people most important to her. Determined to stop the approaching apocalypse, she throws herself into the destruction of the Nightbringer. In the process, she awakens an ancient power that could lead her to victory--or to an unimaginable doom. And deep in the Waiting Place, the Soul Catcher seeks only to forget the life--and love--he left behind. Yet doing so means ignoring the trail of murder left by the Nightbringer and his jinn. To uphold his oath and protect the human world from the supernatural, the Soul Catcher must look beyond the borders of his own land. He must take on a mission that could save--or destroy--all that he knows.


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Prepare for the jaw-dropping finale of Sabaa Tahir's beloved New York Times bestselling An Ember in the Ashes fantasy series, and discover: Who will survive the storm? Picking up just a few months after A Reaper at the Gates left off... The long-imprisoned jinn are on the attack, wreaking bloody havoc in villages and cities alike. But for the Nightbringer, vengeance on his h Prepare for the jaw-dropping finale of Sabaa Tahir's beloved New York Times bestselling An Ember in the Ashes fantasy series, and discover: Who will survive the storm? Picking up just a few months after A Reaper at the Gates left off... The long-imprisoned jinn are on the attack, wreaking bloody havoc in villages and cities alike. But for the Nightbringer, vengeance on his human foes is just the beginning. At his side, Commandant Keris Veturia declares herself Empress, and calls for the heads of any and all who defy her rule. At the top of the list? The Blood Shrike and her remaining family. Laia of Serra, now allied with the Blood Shrike, struggles to recover from the loss of the two people most important to her. Determined to stop the approaching apocalypse, she throws herself into the destruction of the Nightbringer. In the process, she awakens an ancient power that could lead her to victory--or to an unimaginable doom. And deep in the Waiting Place, the Soul Catcher seeks only to forget the life--and love--he left behind. Yet doing so means ignoring the trail of murder left by the Nightbringer and his jinn. To uphold his oath and protect the human world from the supernatural, the Soul Catcher must look beyond the borders of his own land. He must take on a mission that could save--or destroy--all that he knows.

30 review for A ​Sky Beyond the Storm

  1. 4 out of 5

    Ashlee » Library In The Country

    Well, this is it folks. I give the Ember Quartet recognition for being one of the first series to truly get me interested in fantasy as a genre. It is a sweeping epic, told through many eyes. It is no stranger to tragedy, but is also steeped with many joys. This story is so dear to my heart, I put off starting this final chapter until I knew I could devote myself to the story. I had a sense that it would tear at my emotions, and boy did it. But I am not sad. No, I am fulfilled and complete. Sabaa Well, this is it folks. I give the Ember Quartet recognition for being one of the first series to truly get me interested in fantasy as a genre. It is a sweeping epic, told through many eyes. It is no stranger to tragedy, but is also steeped with many joys. This story is so dear to my heart, I put off starting this final chapter until I knew I could devote myself to the story. I had a sense that it would tear at my emotions, and boy did it. But I am not sad. No, I am fulfilled and complete. Sabaa has given us a true gem of a tale. From An Ember in the Ashes, this story grew and evolved with it’s characters. As Laia, Elias and Helene became battle hardened, shed their innocence and felt the pain of loss, this series matured and became darker with them. It truly mirrored the path they walked. But in the darkness the characters and story found small slivers of light to bask in, until they were finally able to lift the shroud of darkness cast over The Empire and reveal the gleaming star that is A Sky Beyond the Storm. My heart is sundered over the trials and loss throughout this series, but as Laia of Serra has shown me, it’s possible to experience heartbreak and understand there is still love and good to be experienced. Most of all, I want you to know ... I’m still going to lay in bed at night thinking of how hard I ship Helene and Harper. But also ... Musa? 🤷🏻‍♀️😉 _______________________________________________ Original from 2018, pre-release: Just lying here in bed, thinking about HOW HARD I SHIP HELENE AND HARPER. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 😏

  2. 5 out of 5

    Sabaa Tahir

    You know, I don't usually rate my books b/c I always felt weird about it. But I am so damn proud of this book. I worked my tail off on it. And I think it's the best thing I've ever written. So this one time, I'm gonna rate a book of mine. Hopefully you guys won't mind. And hopefully you will love reading it as much as I loved writing it. You know, I don't usually rate my books b/c I always felt weird about it. But I am so damn proud of this book. I worked my tail off on it. And I think it's the best thing I've ever written. So this one time, I'm gonna rate a book of mine. Hopefully you guys won't mind. And hopefully you will love reading it as much as I loved writing it.

  3. 4 out of 5

    NReads

    not gonna lie, the new covers are freaking awesome

  4. 5 out of 5

    Hayley ☾ (TheVillainousReader)

    I feel like I should update this because uh the rant down there no longer reflects my feels. I kind of can’t even with this series anymore. I LOVED the first book but now it’s just too much sorrow and horror. I hate Laia, I don’t like Helene, I hate where Elias is going. Everything sucks and there are no small moments of happiness or joking, or fun that convince me to push through for the light at the end. I set Reaper aside and I might not continue on. I just feel meh about it all. ——————————— 2 I feel like I should update this because uh the rant down there no longer reflects my feels. I kind of can’t even with this series anymore. I LOVED the first book but now it’s just too much sorrow and horror. I hate Laia, I don’t like Helene, I hate where Elias is going. Everything sucks and there are no small moments of happiness or joking, or fun that convince me to push through for the light at the end. I set Reaper aside and I might not continue on. I just feel meh about it all. ——————————— 2019 SERIOUSLY?! By the time this comes out I'll be 26.. TWENTY SIX! And Elias will still be 20! Thanks, Sabaa Tahir for making me feel like a cradle robber.. It's okay Elias, baby, we don't have to conform to societies view on love.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Frank-Intergalactic Bookdragon

    Review December 2020 Though not a perfect book, this is a perfect ending to the series. I've been with the series for a long time. I started it over the Summer of 2018 when Reaper came out and binged all the books as a way of coping with my Summer Teenaged Angst™. Needless to say, I've changed a lot since then and am now an adult reading this finale (if any of you are confused by my timeline, I was sixteen when I first read Ember and I'm nineteen now). So on the one hand I see the flaws in this ser Review December 2020 Though not a perfect book, this is a perfect ending to the series. I've been with the series for a long time. I started it over the Summer of 2018 when Reaper came out and binged all the books as a way of coping with my Summer Teenaged Angst™. Needless to say, I've changed a lot since then and am now an adult reading this finale (if any of you are confused by my timeline, I was sixteen when I first read Ember and I'm nineteen now). So on the one hand I see the flaws in this series more clearly and it doesn't all line up with my current taste, but on the other I feel nostalgic for it. So was this worth the wait? Short answer: yes. Though I have a few critiques. Like the magic system of this series makes little sense and I wish there were more rules to it, it feels like magic does whatever the plot wants. There were a few plotpoints that all though set up, felt out of the blue. I was pretty bored for a good 200 pages in the middle. And I still do not give a single frickle frackle about Laia and Elias's romance. However, the plot is more than satisfactory. These feel like the right endings for every character arc. I can see some people will probably find the resolution anticlimactic, but I personally think it was perfect and fits the characters the best. I was especially happy with Helene's ending. Outside of the end, this as usual has the same addictive prose as the previous books and a crapton of political intrigue. After Reaper, they're in a pretty bleak space. However, this story offers an ember of hope that builds with the tension. And lastly, this one is the strongest in the series themewise. It mainly deals with family and loss and how do you move on from losing everything. It uses the villains especially well for these themes, adding a lot of needed depth to them, making them somewhat sympathetic even. And with that, we say goodbye to the Ember Quartet. I will miss it, but I'm glad it got the best possible ending Update March 2020 Purple. The cover is PURPLE. Not yellow, PURPLE! *flips a table* bUt WhAt AbOuT hUfFlEpUfF?!?!?! THE OTHER COVER'S COLORS MATCH GRYFFINDER, RAVENCLAW, AND SLYTHERIN, BUT NO HUFFLEPUFF!!!! Oh well, at least it looks epic and probably the best cover of the series. Also we get it this year! December first! Update December 2018 SOMEONE PLEASE TELL ME THAT 2020 RELEASE DATE IS A MISTAKE I CAN'T WAIT OVER A YEAR FOR THIS ESPECIALLY AFTER REAPER!!!!!! 😱😭😲😵😟😨😣 I mean I get it if Sabaa Tahir needs extra time to make it the best finale it can be, but I don't think I can survive a wait that long 😞 Prereview June 2018 Can the cover be yellow? Because then we'd have: Gryffindor Ravenclaw Slytherin Hufflepuff

  6. 5 out of 5

    Sofia

    My most anticipated book of the year was a flop. The pain is greater than you can imagine. This is the grand finale, the ultimate end, the culmination of the Ember series. Did it do its job? Yes. The series is now over. *crying* But what a terrible way to end it. Everything I liked was destroyed. And I was left with... this. Like in Reaper, we follow three different first-person perspectives: Helene (Blood Shrike), Elias (Soul Catcher), and Laia (Laia). All I can say is... what happened to my ba My most anticipated book of the year was a flop. The pain is greater than you can imagine. This is the grand finale, the ultimate end, the culmination of the Ember series. Did it do its job? Yes. The series is now over. *crying* But what a terrible way to end it. Everything I liked was destroyed. And I was left with... this. Like in Reaper, we follow three different first-person perspectives: Helene (Blood Shrike), Elias (Soul Catcher), and Laia (Laia). All I can say is... what happened to my babies?? Laia: I used to love her. So much. And now I detest her. She turned into a complete Mary Sue character and it physically pains me. She gets new powers every page. The reason I liked her was because she was just a normal girl. But now she can turn invisible (only when it's convenient, though), she's suddenly amazing at every weapon she picks up, and she has a jinn living inside her who grants her supernatural powers whenever she needs them. And she's also ridiculously reckless. Half the plot could be cut out if Laia just listened to the people around her. Don't remind me of that one time she stopped in the middle of a battle to cry over the corpse of some random kid and almost got killed. Helene: I can't think of her as the Blood Shrike, sorry. She's my cinnamon roll Helene Aquilla. At the very beginning of the book, we see her interactions with Laia. And they are best friends all of a sudden. This came out of nowhere. Where's the development? They hated each other for three books. I highly doubt they're besties now. And she kept blushing. Like, can you not? I get that Helene was infatuated with Avitas, but this is not in character for my stoic, cold as steel Blood Shrike. Elias: I hate Elias's character arc with everything I have. In case you haven't read the series, he makes a deal with the jinn to become the Soul Catcher and transport souls to the next world by talking them through their troubles. He's basically a god-tier therapist. And he just lost everything that made me ship him and Laia. He's so angsty all of a sudden, and not in a good way. "Do I love Laia? No, I'm the Soul Catcher and must stay emotionless. But I love Laia! But... no?" It got old really fast. And his POV parts were so boring. They were all the same. Just Elias's emotional turmoil as he cut down trees or whatever in the forest. Spare me. The main problem, though, is that the POVs were interchangeable and indistinguishable. Sometimes I would forget whose perspective I was reading. Helene, my poor little angry cinnamon roll, felt like Laia. Elias was as moody as Laia. Laia was good with weapons like Elias and Helene. I noticed another recurring theme throughout the book--the overwhelming number of overused YA tropes that were sprinkled in. No, not sprinkled. More like dumped. There's the deus ex machina. What's up with this?? "All is lost--but wait, someone's there to save us!" I am tired. Very tired. And the final battle scene, which was absolute rubbish, was only resolved because Keris was killed. Killed because of... I don't want to say this. Her tRaGiC bAcKsToRy. Which was nonexistent and irrelevant in the previous three books, but suddenly appeared just because she needed to die. Don't treat my poor evil Keris like that. She was so awesome. How dare you kill her in this way? And then there's the delay of confrontation. This is one of my least favorite tropes. Laia would stare at the Nightbringer in the middle of the carnage, and he would let her go. Just kill her or something, I dunno, I'm not an evil villain. I think. I finished reading this a few days ago, but I'm still laughing over the sTUPID FINAL BATTLE SCENE-- Basically, a storm... eats them... *coughs* I don't know, either. I really don't know. There's some side plot with a "maelstrom" that's threatening to devour the souls? And Elias is upset because his job is dependent on the souls, and you know... I guess he wants to get his full retirement benefits? I DON'T KNOW, OKAY? And then this storm shows up in the middle of the battle, eats all of them, forces them through some speshul flashbacks, and then spits them back up. The end. Unicorns and rainbows and fluffy puppies. There's only one major thing I liked about this book, and that's the Nightbringer and the jinn. They're forgettable as villains in general, but it was so creative how they were shown as three-dimensional people (well, not people, but you know what I mean), instead of just purely evil motivated-by-revenge type characters. The Nightbringer had a bad lot. His family was slaughtered, the jinn are suffering in captivity. But he has friends who love him, and he loves them back. *chef's kiss* Overall, this was utterly forgettable and extremely underwhelming. I'm very angry because this terrible finale ruined my wonderful happy memories of the first three books. I'm suing. 2 stars, BUT THE COVER WAS SO PRETTY-- ___ Rest in pieces my expectations. Review to come... ___ I can't believe I'm holding this in my hands *crying* I'M NOT READY ----- If the release date for this gets pushed back any longer, I will simply ✨pass away✨

  7. 5 out of 5

    jessica

    im so very torn with this. the phenomenal writing, character narrative, and entire atmosphere of this book is easily worth 4+ stars. ST has grown remarkably as a writer, and, strictly from an objective storytelling point of view, this is probably the best book in the series. its very much a satisfying and appropriate conclusion to the story considering the events of the previous book. however, ‘a reaper at the gates’ was an instant mood changer for me regarding this series. my mind still fails to im so very torn with this. the phenomenal writing, character narrative, and entire atmosphere of this book is easily worth 4+ stars. ST has grown remarkably as a writer, and, strictly from an objective storytelling point of view, this is probably the best book in the series. its very much a satisfying and appropriate conclusion to the story considering the events of the previous book. however, ‘a reaper at the gates’ was an instant mood changer for me regarding this series. my mind still fails to grasp that the characters from books 3-4 are the same characters i fell in love with in books 1-2. and i think its mainly because the story took a direction i did not fully support/enjoy, and so my relationship with the characters changed. so im feeling a little detached from this final installment, which is what i predicted would happen. again, this is a fantastic book and does the plot justice, but im still just personally not the biggest fan of said plot. i wanted more for my characters, but i get why everything works out the way it does. i have no doubt that lovers of the series will be very happy with this conclusion. ↠ 3.5 stars

  8. 4 out of 5

    Ariel

    "We are A̶q̶u̶i̶l̶l̶a̶ ̶ Fangirls. Loyal to the end" "The library is my temple. The author is my priest. The fandom theories are my prayer. The release date is my release." I'M SO PUMPED FOR THIS!!!!! BUT I PROBABLY WONT SURVIVE THE HEARTBREAK!!!!!!!!!! "We are A̶q̶u̶i̶l̶l̶a̶ ̶ Fangirls. Loyal to the end" "The library is my temple. The author is my priest. The fandom theories are my prayer. The release date is my release." I'M SO PUMPED FOR THIS!!!!! BUT I PROBABLY WONT SURVIVE THE HEARTBREAK!!!!!!!!!!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Beth

    Bleeding Skies… 5 Stars! ”It was never one. It was always three. The Blood Shrike is the first. Laia of Serra, the second And The Soul Catcher is the last. The Mother watches over them all, If one fails, they all fail. If one dies, they all die…” I think the best way to start this is say about the previous books maybe and how I grew to love this series and how much it means to me. A few years ago my friend Fathima said to me, I think we should Buddy Read something called An Ember in the Ashes, I h Bleeding Skies… 5 Stars! ”It was never one. It was always three. The Blood Shrike is the first. Laia of Serra, the second And The Soul Catcher is the last. The Mother watches over them all, If one fails, they all fail. If one dies, they all die…” I think the best way to start this is say about the previous books maybe and how I grew to love this series and how much it means to me. A few years ago my friend Fathima said to me, I think we should Buddy Read something called An Ember in the Ashes, I had no idea what it was about, I read the synopsis and was like sure, yeah okay I’ll give it a go, from there I have read the series five times, making it a new all time favourite. Going into this, I was painfully nervous, it was my most anticipated read for the past two years. I’ve been saying what I thought was going to happen, I legit laid it all out, spoke to my friends and I was like this is how I think it’s going to end, I was wrong, in fact the whole book I was wrong because what I thought was going to happen like basic plot was just such a miss (but obviously I’m very glad). This book keeps you on the edge the whole way throughout, it was jam-packed and not a dull moment. I have to say my heart rate was at a sky high for MULTIPLE reasons, and when I say nobody is safe, I mean nobody is safe. If you go into this thinking nothing bad is going to happen, I cannot stress this enough that it is a whirlwind of emotions. While I’m on the topic, I literally cried on and off for about 120+ pages, I cried for FOUR hours, once I started it was just none stop. The amount of times I screamed, and raged and shouted. (It was a lotttt) Characters “A gift from me to you…” "I have defied him and survived him again and again. He has tried to hurt me. But I will not allow myself to be hurt. He has tried to break me but I will not be dictated to by a man so afraid to fight the jinn that he must criticise a woman to make himself feel bigger.” Laia, I think when we look at Laia from Ember to now, it’s absolutely INSANE how much she has gone through, her journey and how her character has built up so much strength over time. When we first meet Laia she’s quite naive and she underestimates herself. I mean even now she still wavers a little bit, but she continues to defy the odds, she fights for what she wants and doesn’t give up even if it feels painfully hopeless. I loved the relationships she built up throughout the series and how people started to look up to her. I reach for the scims gingerly, as if they will burn my palms when I touch them. Instead, they slip into my grasp like they have been waiting for me. ”I wish I could live a thousand lives so I could fall in love with you a thousand times" Elias will always be Elias. He cannot be The Soul Catcher, he just can’t! So… Elias Veturius, I have to say, I don’t think I’ve loved a character like him since Will Herondale so that is truly saying something here. I feel for Elias, he wanted his freedom, and because of love he ended up where he is. I think his dynamic in this book was super interesting. I’ve gone into it more in my spoiler section. ”Emifal Firdaant,” I interrupt Harper, May death claim me first. This absolutely blows my mind when I say this, but when I first read Ember I genuinely could not stand Helene, because I actually think that Helene is probably my favourite character of the series. Helene really did go through hell and back in this series. She puts all of her faith in the Augurs and trusts what they say, but out of all of the characters Helene has had it the worst (that is saying something), she saw her whole family be murdered other than Livia, she then has to see Livia marry her family’s murderer and for him to abuse her. She is constantly belittled for being a woman and they think she doesn’t know what she’s doing. What I can say about Sky is that we see so many different sides to her, We see her vulnerable side, we see her being Auntie Shrike which I LOVED! Then we have the warrior Helene, like if I was in a fight I’d need Helene on my side because she’s such a bad ass! ”Laia of Serra. It is good to see you, my love.” Where to begin with The Nightbringer, he’s not a villain that I absolutely despise, as The Nightbringer I found him so interesting. Learning bits and pieces about his back story was truly gripping, and I hate to say this, but you can kind of see where all of his rage has come from. I think seeing into his mind and just how loved he is makes you feel certain things for him. ”You are broken. But it is broken things that are the sharpest. The deadliest. It is broken things that are the most unexpected, and the most underestimated.” Once again, a character I didn’t initially like was Harper, this is technically valid because he literally tormented Helene to try and gain knowledge about Elias. HOWEVER he grows on you. I think after Reaper we were all desperate for some love for our beloved Blood Shrike, and Harper was the person we wanted for her! He’s always there, always ready to help no matter what. “You are lucky enough to love someone who loves you back. He is alive and breathing and in the same vicinity as you. By the skies, do something about it. For however long you have. For whatever time you get. Because if you don’t I swear that you’ll regret it. You’ll regret it for all your years.” Musa is such a lovable character, when things look super dire we have his cheeky little ways, always trying to lift peoples spirits! We see a very raw moment with Musa in this, and it just made me love him even more. I think it would of been super interesting to get more of a backstory, and seeing the things he can do I was super intrigued! “Have you forgotten that the Shrike is a woman Mettias?… Do not bore us with old prejudices. You are a better man than that.” Seeing Livia in this was just great, I think people tend to overestimate her, but she takes zero nonsense, there was a part I was like GURL. She shows so much love and support and there are some really good moments between Livia and Helene. To see her away from Marcus’s grip and actually thriving with people it made me super happy! ”You are the strongest person here. The strongest in the camp. Stronger than me. *, the Blood Shrike, the Soul Catcher, Afya. You are the daughter of the Lioness. The Granddaughter of Nan and Pop. You are Lis’s sister and mine.” The last person I’m going to talk about here is Darin, I can’t even explain my thoughts about Darin because he’s just that brother figure! He’s been through it, captured, tortured, freed and then starts to rebuild his life. There’s just something so pure about Darin, the way he acts with Laia, and then his relationship with Elias. Darin takes no shit, people treat him differently because he’s a Scholar and he’s just like nope, and speaks up and defends himself. Thoughts and Feelings I’m going to start off with some things that I think could of been involved more maybe? My first part is, I really really wish we’d of seen Keris a bit more, we only saw her in passing. Like she is the Bitch of Blackcliff she was the person in this series that I TRULY hated, like my hate for this character was driven into my bones, and I LOOOOOOVED how much I hated her. I get that we saw her because of Helene in other books, but I just missed her because I feel like she’s such a good character. The other thing once again… I really really missed Dex. He took SUCH a back role in this book which was kind of disappointing to see. It has been strongly suggested that he is gay throughout the books, but I don’t know, nothing was really done? It was just said/hinted at and I wish this had been more developed, because Dex has been with Helene and/or Elias since Ember, so it was a shame that he wasn’t really in it as much. Now the things I loved (there’s not going to be a lot here because I’m trying to keep it without spoilers) - I cannot express to you just how MUCH happens in this book - So many strong female characters, like it really does get me all in the feels with this because they are all SOOOO good! - It gets the heart going let me tell you that! - We FINALLY, FINALLY got answers, do you know how long I have waited to hear what Elias said to Laia, and we finally got it! - Even though this was a *heavy* book there were so many really lovely and funny moments - ALL of the sibling bonds, I think if you have a sibling you’ll be able to relate to them. - It really does start with a *bang* - Just how unexpected things were, like I genuinely had my mouth to the floor at some things that happened, I was just like WHAT IS HAPPENING - I low key loved seeing the Jinn as well! Like it was so interesting! - I loved certain characters fighting with each other, like I was screaminggggg - The “coming together” - Things/phrases are reiterated throughout from past books and what the Augurs have said, it’s kind of driven into you and like certain phrases that just make me feel happy but sad at the same time. - People who died in previous books aren’t just forgotten about, they’re spoken about and you can see the impact they’ve left on other characters, I like that they’re still remembered because they were part of the journey. I think to add to that, Laia also explicitly says that she loved Keenan and I like that she doesn’t pretend that it never happened because once again that was what was needed for the story. - Refusing to give up on people/situations - On the other side Running Away and Armour I am just laughing so much at the thought - Cain is my modern day hero hahahaha - New found friendships, I really loved Laia and Helene and then Helene and Musa, because this book is set a few months AFTER Reaper we weren’t able to see how it developed. - All of the little flashbacks from the last books, they were never actually told to us in the previous books (I think?) and it really helped to show some really good moments between the characters! - Scims and Armlet - Musa and his word vomit hahahaha - The Cabin reflecting the Caravans - Certain communicating - I’m just going to say it… this book was full of so much Sexual Tension, it was painfully but I loved every single minute of it. I said what I said. - Mangoes. - HE BROUGHT HER TEA WHEN YOU KNOW YOU KNOW - Mentioning of something/someone from the Graphic Novel, was like I know who that is! - The hair pin momeny, my heart couldn’t take how tender and sweet it was ”A Scholar rebel and a Martial Blood Shrike are friends and the sky didn’t fall in. Whatever shall we do?” BEWARE these next comments are going to include spoilers I will say Spoiler over when it’s over, it will just be talking about certain characters, I will not be stating any big surprise *jaw to the floor oh my god moments* or any character deaths, it’s more about character interactions and things I expected to happen. SPOILERS START HERE Can I just say, that I don’t think I’ve ever been so happy for characters to finally get together! FOUR BOOKS I have waited, and the fact that it was just so ahhhhh! I can’t get over it, and I don’t think I ever will it literally killed me off when reading them. I was like FINALLLLLLLY! My other spoiler mention is about Elias because I didn’t want to say anything earlier. So what I want to say is this: I really liked the process of him going from “Soul Catcher” back to Elias and the fact it wasn’t JUST Laia who helped him achieve this. It was the love of everyone who cared about him and when you could see the little glimpses and him being cheeky and carefree it made me so happy, like whenever I saw it I’d be like THERE HE IS! I find it so sad that people went off of Elias during Reaper because the whole point of it was that he kind of switched off his humanity so he could do his job as Soul Catcher, like don’t get me wrong I hateeeeed it with a passion, but it was pivotal to the story. ”Thank you, Soul Catcher.” “Elias,” he says after a moment, the slightest bit of warmth entering those cold gray eyes. “From you I prefer Elias.” Special shout out to Elias and Helene fighting together as well, not necessarily a spoiler, but it just reminded me of Ember when they fought with each other side by side, thought it was a moment where I was like HANG ON! Some characters showing up… I was like BIIIIIIIIIIICTH! I mean I 100000% knew that one of them low key had to arrive just because but the other I was SO SO SO surprised! End of Spoilers How do I even conclude this review, these books are literally ingrained in to me, like in every which way, I am so so so thankful to Sabaa for writing this series, because it genuinely means so much to me. I’ve made so many friends because of this book and got closer to other friends as well. For the final book in a series it exceeded all of my expectations, it’s absolutely heartbreaking and devastating, but I still loved every single moment of it. Loyal to the end. An Ember in the Ashes - 5 Stars A Torch Against the Night - 5 Stars A Reaper at the Gates - 5 Stars A Sky Beyond The Storm - 5 Stars A Thief Among The Trees - 5 Stars 12.12.2020 Shocking that I have my most anticipated read for the past two years 5 stars. Who’s of guessed? I am emotionally drained, I have cried for like 120 pages plus other parts. What a wave of emotions. I can say for now is that it was not what I expected and I loved it. I feel so sad saying goodbye to this series because it means so much to me. ——— 04.12.2020 6 more days to go for me: 1. Yes I’m still crying I’m not reading my most anticipated book for the last 2 years. 2. Avoiding Spoilers like the plague (thank you everyone, like I could weep that I haven’t been spoilt) 3. Ali is sending me photo updates of her reading it and I am crying with laughter (and envy obvs) 4. I fell physically ill waiting for this, like it’s to the point I can’t read other things because I feel all consumed about this book and it’s not even here yet. 5. I just want my characters to be happy and my Anxiety is reaching its peak. 6. Can you imagine what it’s like when I actually read this?! ———— 02.03.2020 We have a title AND a cover and I feel so emotional. My favourite series will be coming to an end, I feel worried for all of the characters that I love. ————- 08.04.2020 Here I am still hoping for the best, but expecting the worst (I am attached to these characters okay) and after seeing all of Sabaas updates I am so worried!

  10. 5 out of 5

    The Burning Rose (Jess)

    A Sky Beyond the Storm.. A SKY BEYOND THE STORM A SKY B- oh my god!! I love this title so fucking much. And the cover??? God, I’m so happy HOLY SHITE. The release date is so close. I need to pick up and read the 3rd book as soon as possible! 😧

  11. 4 out of 5

    Klaus

    13/25 (52%); 2 stars. First things first: I'm very disappointed because this book included a lot of tropes and things I hate within books - HOWEVER, if you're okay with these things, you'll love this one. But I didn't. I've had a lot of negative thoughts about its two last prequels (I still love Ember, but I felt that it got weaker and weaker afterwards) and all of the things I hated, especially in A Reaper at the Gates, are here once again. And there's even more. It still gets two stars, but jus 13/25 (52%); 2 stars. First things first: I'm very disappointed because this book included a lot of tropes and things I hate within books - HOWEVER, if you're okay with these things, you'll love this one. But I didn't. I've had a lot of negative thoughts about its two last prequels (I still love Ember, but I felt that it got weaker and weaker afterwards) and all of the things I hated, especially in A Reaper at the Gates, are here once again. And there's even more. It still gets two stars, but just barely because there are still moments of impressive writing and beauty within this one, especially the last two chapters, but it definitely couldn't live up to the high hopes I had. Things and tropes I hate in books that were excessively used in this one: delay of confrontation, people not telling each other about their feelings because "Oh, the world is going down, I don't have time for love", deus ex machina, invincible characters and enemies, Mary Sues, people sneaking up to their enemies and then loudly announcing their presence, allies and powerful weapons appearing out of nowhere. And, structurally speaking: the chapters were too short for my taste. I want to immerse into a character's perspective, and that works better when you don't have to change perspective every five pages. Point One, delay of confrontation. There's a couple of villains within this series, and though our heros face off against them in combat multiple times, no one dies. Instead, for some reason either the heros or the villains manage to get away unscathed until almost the very end, so every time the Commandant or the Nightbringer turned up, I wasn't afraid for anyone at all: I knew nothing was gonna happen. This connects with Point Four, invincible characters and enemies: I didn't feel the stakes because nobody dies. Or, if they die, they get resurrected, so their death was pointless. There's a sort-of-resurrection included in this one again, and it's SO MUCH deus ex machina that it almost made me DNF this out of frustration. Point Two, people not telling each other about their feelings because "Oh, the world is going down, I don't have time for love". It's stupid and has the same effect: if it drags on and on, you just know as a reader that nothing is gonna happen at all in terms of love life until the very end of the book or the series. Point Three: Mary Sues. Laia has turned into an increasingly frustrating Mary Sue. She discovers new superpowers all the time - the funny thing is, she uses them and five pages later she doesn't use them anymore because it'd go against the plotline, so she just doesn't use them. "The Nightbringer weakened your powers early on," Rehmat says. "That was before you woke me. You are stronger now. You can disappear. You can even hide those with you." Literally eight pages later: "Watch your left!" Musa snaps as more longboats appear to the south. And the north. "Ideas?" I ask the Beekeeper as the boats close in. Oh, I dunno, Laia, but, er, if you don't mind me suggesting something...JUST DISAPPEAR! Coming to Point Five, people sneaking up to their enemies and then loudly announcing their presence. I mean, then what's the point of sneaking up to them? Either you go Assassin's Creed mode or the honest way, but this is just so dumb that I can't even...whatever. I vault upward and tear off my hood. "Grímarr!" I bellow his name, flinging three throwing knives at him. But he moves with unnatural swiftness to evade them. That's right Helene, it was completely unnatural of him to avoid them after you shouted his name and announced your presence. My god. *sighs* Anyway, Point Six: allies and powerful weapons appearing out of nowhere. That has been going on my nerves for a while now already in the last books, and here it's worse. There's always some new, unknown ally turning up just when the hero is lying on the ground weaponless and about to die. Always. Apart from these tropes&ticks, another thing that disturbed me was that Laia and Helene were suddenly besties at the start of the book. They're the new dynamic duo, BFFs 4eva, whatever you wanna call it, after hating each other for three books -WHY?! If something like that happens, I want to see! I want character and relationship development ON SCREEN, not what happened here. Apparently, months have passed between the end of part three and the start of this one, and not only have Helene and Laia bonded over and over, no: while they became the best of friends, their enemies did...NOTHING. Apparently, after making that big win at the end of Reaper, they've just stopped attacking and decided to sit on their arses although the jinn have been released. I was expecting an apocalypse, what I got was all the stuff I hated about the last book warmed up once again. There are still chapters and scenes that pulled me in and touched me, there are still pages filled with beautiful writing, but that's it for me. It was a huge disappointment. Though as I said, if you're okay with those tropes I mentioned, you'll like this one. If you loved Reaper, then you'll definitely love this one, too - but I didn't. In my opinion, this series got weaker and weaker with every book. So I was seriously considering to give this one only two stars, seriously. But then, as I said, it has its moments. You know what? I'm giving it these two stars, not three. I've given books like Blade Itself three stars, and this one isn't in the same league at all. booktube review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PLEzl... ----- Dialogue 3/5 Setting 3/5 Characters 2/5 Writing Style 4/5 Plot 1/5

  12. 5 out of 5

    Marzuqa

    A part of me grieves that this is actually OVER, and that I have to say goodbye to these characters that I had come to love. Laia and Elias will always remain one of my most favorite fictional couple. Another part of me wishes I had enjoyed this finale book in the series as much as I wanted to. Sabaa Tahir has called this her best work so far, but book 1 still remains my most favorite book in this series. It warmed and touched me in a way I can never forget. I just couldn’t connect the same way wi A part of me grieves that this is actually OVER, and that I have to say goodbye to these characters that I had come to love. Laia and Elias will always remain one of my most favorite fictional couple. Another part of me wishes I had enjoyed this finale book in the series as much as I wanted to. Sabaa Tahir has called this her best work so far, but book 1 still remains my most favorite book in this series. It warmed and touched me in a way I can never forget. I just couldn’t connect the same way with the other books in this series, especially books 3 and 4, probably because of some tropes that I personally don’t enjoy. But I’m so glad for having read these books, will defo reread book 1 in the future.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Irina

    I loved this so much. It was the perfect ending to an amazing series. Now excuse me while I go in a corner and cry because of a certain character 😭

  14. 5 out of 5

    Heather

    Gah Sabaa Tahir broke my heart but mended it somewhat but still....ALL THE TEARS.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Reading_ Tam_ Ishly

    ***and the award for the most disappointing read of 2021 goes to.... Okay, time to go and break something because this one is bringing out the monster in me as I so wanted to destroy this one and wanted another version of this book 🤦 Sorry, dear pillows, bear my silent mind screaming 😌 And after all that drama and bloodshed, this entire series ends as a quest to answer who's Lovey. (We will all know who Lovey is ultimately but it seems so disconnected!) I don't know if I should cry or laugh. As muc ***and the award for the most disappointing read of 2021 goes to.... Okay, time to go and break something because this one is bringing out the monster in me as I so wanted to destroy this one and wanted another version of this book 🤦 Sorry, dear pillows, bear my silent mind screaming 😌 And after all that drama and bloodshed, this entire series ends as a quest to answer who's Lovey. (We will all know who Lovey is ultimately but it seems so disconnected!) I don't know if I should cry or laugh. As much as too many emotions are being tried to force feed while narrating the story, the more shallow the reading became. The writing tried too hard I guess. And the characters were too desperate to become into ones who tried to feel emotions. Like just too damn obvious. I wish the impression of all these characters remained the same as in the first two books. Sadly, this one is disappointing as hell! All that momentum that was built up in the first three books disappeared and never revived again. I feel the writing got too lost in nothing and the story lost direction. Whatever the heck happened to the characters?! Whatever the bleeding skies happened to the plot intensity in the first 3 books? My heart and soul. They are bleeding. For real. I cannot believe the last book became this average compared to the first 3 books. I want to cry so bad! It was like reading an endless commentary on mind blabbering without nothing much happening. I wanted more of the main characters. I wanted more of the Nightbringer. More of Helene and Harper. More of the jinns. More of the Commandent. More of everything. Things were happening but nothing happened much if you know what I mean. I feel betrayed. (My entire life seems bleak now... The disappointment hurts.) ***I need to sleep on it. The anticipation of something better happening 'maybe in the next chapter/page' until the last few chapters is now hurting my head. And, to be honest, everything was quite boring compared to the first two books (which made my whole being enlightened with the fierce love of the books!). I like the lead female characters but I do not appreciate the tone they were using describing men. If it happened with the guys talking about women the same way (talk stereotypes!), there would have been more problems I guess. I find the characters pathetic at times in this book. Not at all expected. Laia is as impulsive as ever. The Soul Catcher seems more weaker. The Blood Shrike became more plain. And all kinds of chemistry weakened. Even the feeling of dread for the unstable moments and evil characters were totally missing. Whatever character development needed for the story to end well is missing. Whatever the subtle romance or spark that was there before, it all turned into something cheesy so much so that I just couldn't bear it. God, why?! The 'loss' in the end didn't make me feel anything. That's how disinterested I became. Seriously. So damn disappointing. Keris Veturia. Why the hell is her story not given to me properly? The most intimidating character in the entire plot yet so conveniently forgotten, eh? Those rare few lines in between the chapters and a chapter didn't do much I repeat 😭 Are you bleeding kidding me????!!!! Almost non-existent for the entire first 90 percent of the book, you can imagine how frustrated I would have been the entire first 500 pages!

  16. 5 out of 5

    ELLIAS (elliasreads)

    Five years of blood, sweat, tears, and cliffhangers later, the journey has finally come to an end... Well, where to begin. This book ended perfectly. Beautifully. But (there's always a but), it could have been fifty or even a hundred pages shorter. I felt like there was so much exposition with little pay off with too much telling and not showing. ex: "10 days later, Laia did this, 2 weeks later, Elias did that,"..... I felt like there were handfuls of 'empty' spaces within the book where characte Five years of blood, sweat, tears, and cliffhangers later, the journey has finally come to an end... Well, where to begin. This book ended perfectly. Beautifully. But (there's always a but), it could have been fifty or even a hundred pages shorter. I felt like there was so much exposition with little pay off with too much telling and not showing. ex: "10 days later, Laia did this, 2 weeks later, Elias did that,"..... I felt like there were handfuls of 'empty' spaces within the book where characters would rest, talk, meet up, leave on a journey, and meet up again to fight, escape, repeat. But overall, spending time with them before the end was bittersweet. This book did not hold back the knife on killing certain characters. The final battle was a whirlwind of tension and throughout the entire time, holding my breath; literally living through the infamous phrase: I let a breath I didn't know I was holding. In the end, I'm glad I know these broken brittle characters- their strength and weaknesses, their stories, this world.....I'm sad to leave it but looking ahead with more wonder, a fond heart, and lighter spirits, than before I began this harrowing journey. 4 STARS Twitter | Bookstagram | Youtube |

  17. 4 out of 5

    Angelica

    Waiting for this book has me like: Waiting for this book has me like:

  18. 5 out of 5

    Arini

    2.5 Stars For the record, I’m NOT disappointed. I’m... resigned and mostly unbothered. It’s just one of those series that you’ve been following since the first book was published but you slowly grow unattached to because the story no longer appeals to you. I loved the first two books, but the third one threw me off by going to a direction I did not expect and not in a good way. I guess that kinda cushioned me from the disappointment of this book. There were a lot of details I didn’t remember from 2.5 Stars For the record, I’m NOT disappointed. I’m... resigned and mostly unbothered. It’s just one of those series that you’ve been following since the first book was published but you slowly grow unattached to because the story no longer appeals to you. I loved the first two books, but the third one threw me off by going to a direction I did not expect and not in a good way. I guess that kinda cushioned me from the disappointment of this book. There were a lot of details I didn’t remember from previous books, and the only characters I recognized were Laia, Elias, Helene, The Nightbringer, Harper, and Darin. Basically the big players. Since when did Laia become such a Mary Sue? I didn’t like that Elias’ narrative changed from him being a hot badass soldier to a sappy, mellow, angsty Soul Catcher. It felt like he was being singled out and became unimportant. I was excited about Helene falling in love with Harper mainly because I love romance, but after what happened (which I think was one of the most ridiculous jokes of the century) in this book, her romantic side story was unnecessary. Also, since when did she and Laia become such BFFs?! They hated each other pretty much the whole series. I mean, war and the end of the world bring things into perspective and all, but still! I used to like The Nightbringer the way I did The Darkling. He was one of those villains that you couldn’t help but root for and you were torn about killing or kissing. His backstory was interesting and heartbreaking, but I just... did... not... care... about him and everyone else in this book. I was along for the ride physically but not mentally. Reading but not really processing anything. That’s why my memory of this book is hazy. To be frank, I’m not even entirely sure how the villains got defeated. I wasn’t reading because I was sentimental this was the last installment in the series, but I was doing it just because. So I could be rid of it. Anyway, sorry this review is useless. Funny how I also felt this exact same way with my first book of the year in 2020. I hope it doesn’t become a thing where I read a disappointing book at the beginning of each year. That would suck. (Read as an Audiobook)

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jananie (thisstoryaintover)

    I WILL SAY NOTHING because SPOILERS. BUT. I love this series with every one of my breaths and will forever hold it close to my heart. Sabaa has created a gift and I'm so glad to have experienced this journey. I WILL SAY NOTHING because SPOILERS. BUT. I love this series with every one of my breaths and will forever hold it close to my heart. Sabaa has created a gift and I'm so glad to have experienced this journey.

  20. 4 out of 5

    mish ♡

    ❝ What a small thing it seems, to walk with the one you love. To look forward to a day with them. I marvel at the simplicity of this moment. And I thank the skies for the miracle of it. ❞ finishing this series was so heartwarming and bittersweet and also heartbreaking all at once. when i first read an ember in the ashes three years ago, it reignited my love for reading and was one of the books that really back into reading again. i absolutely fell in love with the world, laia, elias and everyth ❝ What a small thing it seems, to walk with the one you love. To look forward to a day with them. I marvel at the simplicity of this moment. And I thank the skies for the miracle of it. ❞ finishing this series was so heartwarming and bittersweet and also heartbreaking all at once. when i first read an ember in the ashes three years ago, it reignited my love for reading and was one of the books that really back into reading again. i absolutely fell in love with the world, laia, elias and everything else. needless to say, it's one of the series closest to my heart, along with it's flaws. my favourite is still and will always be the first book. there was just something so compelling about the way it was written. the characters that i initially fell in love with were so different in this one. elias will still be my fave even though his character arc kinda broke me :) would confirm that i'll still let him step on me and thank him for it. and the way every book just slowly got more sad and dark, bye😔😭 while reading a sky beyond the storm, i shed teARSSS (which i rarely do tbh) and what i can say is, the end scene was all i ever wanted :') laia becoming a tribe's kehanni when she said in the first book that she wanted to be that since she was a child??? thAT was everything uGHHGHGHSJFKS. when i read that it was the moon festival boYY i was about to tear up because we came such a long way from the first moon festival. aaand just realized i won't ever be able to write a critical and coherent review with all my thoughts about this so imma just rate it and goooo 👉🏾 my messy emo thoughts right after finishing: i truly have no idea what i did to deserve this series. my heart was broken into pieces and then put together and i'm being SO dramatic here but idk what i'm going to do rn. forever going to love sabaa tahir ofc because this kind of changed me as a person and i'm going to go now because it's 3am and i might just start rambling/crying so yeah :') __________________________________ waiting for this to save/ completely change the face of my 2020 for the better

  21. 4 out of 5

    sam

    “I wish I could live a thousand lives so I could fall in love with you a thousand times,” he says. “But if all we get is this one, and I share it with you, then I will never want for anything.” *5 Favourite Book of 2020 The only fantasy novel that has ever genuinely made me cry until now All time favourite Best conclusion to a series I can’t believe it’s finally over 😭 I’m gonna miss them all so much. Full review is up on my blog with a overall series review. “I wish I could live a thousand lives so I could fall in love with you a thousand times,” he says. “But if all we get is this one, and I share it with you, then I will never want for anything.” *5 Favourite Book of 2020 The only fantasy novel that has ever genuinely made me cry until now All time favourite Best conclusion to a series I can’t believe it’s finally over 😭 I’m gonna miss them all so much. Full review is up on my blog with a overall series review.

  22. 5 out of 5

    ℨαrα

    exCUSE ME WHY DOES THIS SAY THAT THE EXPECTED PUBLICATION DATE IS 2020?? I’m This is....not okay. at least give me a title reveal and cover reveal that has Elias’s face in the meantime

  23. 5 out of 5

    Mariam ☀️

    I have no words, and I don’t know if I ever will. 5 stars is a criminal understatement. Sabaa Tahir is a writer to behold for generations to come for this story that she so beautifully crafted with such immense love and care. I am forever changed.

  24. 5 out of 5

    C R O N C H

    But why must it hurt so much? Why must Sabaa hurt me so with this! Ugh! I lived this book so much!

  25. 5 out of 5

    solanne

    I’ve just been informed that the release date has been pushed back and now I don’t know what to do with myself ... I have no idea how y’all managed to wait four entire years for this finale but either way WE ONLY HAVE TWO MORE MONTHS LEFT BEFORE ITS RELEASE stay strong, we can do this 😌

  26. 4 out of 5

    Lucy Tonks

    “You are broken. But it is broken things that are the sharpest. The deadliest. It is broken things that are the most unexpected, and the most underestimated” I did, indeed, need tissues. I don't think a book has made me cry this much. Ever. This was such a beautiful conclusion to such an amazing series! I couldn't wish for anything better. I am so sad that this was the last book, and I cannot believe that this series is over. We went through so many things with this characters, and their adventur “You are broken. But it is broken things that are the sharpest. The deadliest. It is broken things that are the most unexpected, and the most underestimated” I did, indeed, need tissues. I don't think a book has made me cry this much. Ever. This was such a beautiful conclusion to such an amazing series! I couldn't wish for anything better. I am so sad that this was the last book, and I cannot believe that this series is over. We went through so many things with this characters, and their adventure and everything they suffer to get to this point is finally over. This review will probably be the first half non-spoilery and the other half full of spoilers, but don't worry if you haven't read this book yet, I'll warn you when I start going into spoilers. The plot was better than I expected. I was never bored and I was said in my mind one more chapter because I wanted to know what will happen next, I wanted to know how this book this series is going to end. And that end did not disappoint me. I was going through a rollercoaster of emotions in the last, I wanna say, fifty pages. The stakes where so high and I was so worried for the characters. I loved following this characters along their journey. I suffer along with them, I laughed along with them, I felt happy along with them. Whatever was happening I was experiencing it along with them. The cast of characters has been, since the beginning of this series, excellent. Helene is my favourite character, although I really did not like her in the first book, she warmed up to me in the sequels until I reliased she was my favourite character. I love Laia and Elias. I love Harper. Even the Nightbringer is a character I like. Sabaa Tahir created him, in such a way, that as much as you hate the way he is sometimes, you still undertand him, you still empathize with him. You empathize will all the characters in this book in the end and that shows how well written they are. It shows how much taught and emotions Sabba Tahir put in them so they would fell human, no matter if they are the heroes or the villains. In the end, this book was everything I wished for and more. Sabba Tahir, I admire your talent. I admire you for this masterpiece that you have created. Thank you! Now onto spoilers! *Spoilers Ahead* So I predicted Harper's death, although I'm not mad about this. Don't get me wrong, I'm sad that he died, but I'm not mad that I predicted it. Sabaa Tahir put some foreshadowing in the beginning and through out the book with all the Emifal Firdaant. From the moment it was mentioned to Helene, I was sure that either Harper or Livia will die. In the end both of them died. And I'm so heartbroken for Helene, she didn't deserve so much suffering, she deserved to be happy. At the end of the book, I didn't start crying when Harper died or when Darin died or when I thought Elias was going to die, as you might thing. The moment the tears started to roll down my face was when Mirra offered to take Elias place as the Soul Catcher. That's when I started bawling. And I continued to cry when Helene looked at Harper's body and I stopped when Helene was made Empress, but then I started crying again at the end of the chapter and continued to cry in the next chapter when Elias talked to Harper's and Darin's ghosts. Those scenes all broke my heart. I am so heartbroken because of the end, but at the same time so satisfied, if that makes sense. I feel like if Sabaa Tahir excluded Harper's death or Darin's the book wouldn't have been quite as good, it just wouldn't have been possible. Although I wish Laia and Helene wouldn't have gone through so much suffering, I do feel like those two deaths were necessary for this ending, it just had to be this way. I cannot believe that Sabaa actually made me care, although that might be too big of a word, about the Commandant. I don't tgink care is the right word, but I actually felt something positive towards her! That doesn't change how many horrible things she has done and the fact that I still hate her. Like she killed Harper, I would never forgive her for that, but still I understood why she became like that. Instead of what Laia and Helene did, instead of fighting all those feelings that came with suffering, she let them consume her, she let them guide her life. I think that's it for my review, I love this book with my whole hear. This is a favourite series of mine now and I will for sure read anything that Sabaa writes in the future. I'm so excited to see what she rights next!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Chaity

    SKIES,this was a bleeding rollercoaster ride !!! Sabaa Tahir indeed 'worked her tail off' on this book .Was I heartbroken again? Sadly yes. But did this book disappoint me? No. Is this my new favourite? Hell yeah. Tale will be told. This book is everything I have been looking for in the first three books of this series. Some stuffs,however, the author used was not my favourite. I did not like the way, the 'main plot' of this book appeared. I loved the characters more the plot.Hell, I do not remem SKIES,this was a bleeding rollercoaster ride !!! Sabaa Tahir indeed 'worked her tail off' on this book .Was I heartbroken again? Sadly yes. But did this book disappoint me? No. Is this my new favourite? Hell yeah. Tale will be told. This book is everything I have been looking for in the first three books of this series. Some stuffs,however, the author used was not my favourite. I did not like the way, the 'main plot' of this book appeared. I loved the characters more the plot.Hell, I do not remember a time when I wasn't in love with Elias-laia or was not fascinated by Nightbringer.Yeah,Nightbringer has my heart.I loved Elias in this book more than the previous ones. Laia was her amazing self.I disliked Helene less. The ending was perfection. “I wish I could live a thousand lives so I could fall in love with you a thousand times” And before I get more emotional, I want to say,Sabaa Tahir is one of my favourite authors. An ember in the ashes is my favourite series. Laia and Elias are my favourite fictional characters. In spite of all the chaos, the world Sabaa built is somewhere I would love to live.This series has been such a huge part of my bookish adventures. I've learnt so many things from Laia, Elias, Darin, Musa And Helene that at this point i'm not sure what to say now that this series has finally came to an end. But 'nothing ever ends' Elias and Laia will always be loved. I will keep rereading the series. I'm grateful to have met all those amazing characters. You, Sabaa Tahir, shattered my soul into pieces. And, i love you for that. Don't judge. I'm an emotional mess right now. (view spoiler)[in case you clicked by mistake,GO AWAY!Please Don't read IF YOU HAVEN’T READ THIS BOOK YET!! I hated that Sabaa Tahir killed Darin. It was cruel. It felt wrong. I loved Darin and his relationship with laia because it reminded me of my own relationship with my sibling. It all started with him hiding something from Laia in the first place. He took that step that made all this start. I loved Harper. I miss him.I never really got to know him well. But It was unnecessary to kill him as well. I wish, words could explain the pain I felt reading the description of his death. What did i do to deserve it? I never really loved Helene nor did i actually hate her.I'm unapologetic about It. Go, fangirl her. We are cool. I don't care. She got what she deserved. It felt like Author had planned something else and then it went wrong so she put Musa and Helene together? You know, it felt forced.I hate how every series i love ends with my favourite side characters dying. It was mess but Helene got her happy ending so there's that. I have mixed feeling about it. (hide spoiler)] I'm still confused about so many stuffs. I can't wait to see what sabaa Tahir creates next. Before reading: Elias might be a Soul-Catcher but Sabaa Tahir is a Heart-Breaker. Right after reading: Not sure if I'll take that back.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Taylor

    UPDATE: MARCH 2020 WE’VE GOT A COVER AND A TITLE PEOPLE. I CAN’T STOP CRYING. December 2020 can’t come soon enough!! According to her Instagram, though, Sabaa will definitely break our hearts with this last book. I’m so scared and so ready. ... After the ending of Reaper, I don't think I'll ever be prepared for this conclusion. MY HEART. 'TIS SHATTERED, READER. SHATTERED. The wait is gonna be tortuous, and I'd love to say that the pain gets easier but IT DOESN'T. Dammit Sabaa, don't you know that my UPDATE: MARCH 2020 WE’VE GOT A COVER AND A TITLE PEOPLE. I CAN’T STOP CRYING. December 2020 can’t come soon enough!! According to her Instagram, though, Sabaa will definitely break our hearts with this last book. I’m so scared and so ready. ... After the ending of Reaper, I don't think I'll ever be prepared for this conclusion. MY HEART. 'TIS SHATTERED, READER. SHATTERED. The wait is gonna be tortuous, and I'd love to say that the pain gets easier but IT DOESN'T. Dammit Sabaa, don't you know that my sanity depends on Laia, Elias, and Helene's happiness?! AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH *screams until 2019*

  29. 4 out of 5

    Beatrice in Bookland

    "It is not the Soul Catcher who is an ember in the ashes, it is Elias Veturius. It is not the Soul Catcher who will spark and burn, ravage and destroy. It is Elias Veturius." 1. An ember in the ashes ★★★★☆ 2. A torch against the night ★★★★★ 3. A reaper at the gates ★★★★☆ This was such a weak book compared to its predecessors. There were many unnecessary scenes and at the same time it felt as if some key scenes were cut. Maybe they were actually cut by the editors, but if they did I really don't under "It is not the Soul Catcher who is an ember in the ashes, it is Elias Veturius. It is not the Soul Catcher who will spark and burn, ravage and destroy. It is Elias Veturius." 1. An ember in the ashes ★★★★☆ 2. A torch against the night ★★★★★ 3. A reaper at the gates ★★★★☆ This was such a weak book compared to its predecessors. There were many unnecessary scenes and at the same time it felt as if some key scenes were cut. Maybe they were actually cut by the editors, but if they did I really don't understand the reason behind this cuts. I found Elias' soul catcher storyline very dull and badly written, in some scenes he was the soul catcher because a n g s t and in others he was Elias because the plot needed him to be. He used to be my favorite character. I instantly hated the direction his storyline took at the end of book 2 but in book 3 his character was still well written. In book 4 he was a writing tool used to move the plot where the author wanted it to and as a fan that was pretty saddening to read. But if you had any doubts (nobody had doubts) that Elias and Laia are Sabaa's favorites, the ending will clarify them all lol, poor Helene. (view spoiler)[Also, how tired of writing can you be if you decide to kill two important characters in the span of 10 pages and IN THE SAME FUCKING WAY???? Seriously, what the fuck. Both Darin and Harper shout like two fucking idiots and get killed; so, not only were they killed one after the other but they were also killed just because they were plain stupid. lol. (hide spoiler)] And why didn't we get an Elias vs Keris duel after 4 books hinting at it? You can also argue that there was no Laia vs the nightbringer, the ending of that storyline felt so not earned.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    What...happened? Spoiler-free: First things first, credit where credit is due. The thing this book, and the series in general, does well is the emotion. We've grown to care about these characters (some of them) and we see the horrible decisions they're forced to make and the consequences that come as a result. As for the magic and supernatural aspects of the world-building, I've always thought they seemed a little out of place and this book shows why. They are not, in any way, well-defined. I want What...happened? Spoiler-free: First things first, credit where credit is due. The thing this book, and the series in general, does well is the emotion. We've grown to care about these characters (some of them) and we see the horrible decisions they're forced to make and the consequences that come as a result. As for the magic and supernatural aspects of the world-building, I've always thought they seemed a little out of place and this book shows why. They are not, in any way, well-defined. I want to know the rules of the magic. Where does it come from and how does it work, but we don't get that. The magic is a constant, ever changing, plot device, there when it suits and missing when it doesn't. This series was so much better when it was just focused on fighting back against an evil empire and freeing the Scholar people and Darin. It was about the surprising cruelty and kindness of humans, not the supernatural. The ending is terrible and anti-climatic. The characterization, with the exception of Helene, is also lacking what we've come to expect. And now for more specific examples. (view spoiler)[ Let's begin with Laia: Laia becomes more of a special snowflake, Mary Sue, Chosen One, type in this book. We discover there is an ancient being named Rehmat that's been living inside of her this whole time and only now awakens. Turns out, Rehmat is the wife of the Nightbringer and Queen of the Jinn (though it takes forever to learn this). Rehmat is what gives Laia the ability to turn invisible and in this book, she gains the ability to turn others invisible as well and communicate telepathically...because magic. This cheapens everything Laia has done and gone through up until this point because it turns out it wasn't only her doing it, but Rehmat. There is one scene where Laia needs to steal the scythe that the Nightbringer owns in order to use it to kill him. It's the one pictured on the cover. She succeeds and even has it in her hands, but after she uses it in self-defense to kill a jinn who is trying to kill her, her fingers lose all feeling and she drops the scythe right before Elias uses windwakling to whisk her away, leaving it behind. This is done for no other reason than plot. We can't have Laia obtaining this very important weapon so soon. That's fine, but there needs to be a realistic reason for her having failed to obtain it and her fingers going numb is not one of them. There's another scene in the book where Helene is on a mission to kill Grimarr, but she fails because her forces are overwhelmed by too many enemies. That is a realistic reason, unlike what happened with Laia. I was also frustrated by Laia spending so much time trying to remind Elias of his humanity. She thinks perhaps he might be able to help her find a way to kill the Nightbringer, but he knows nothing. The Nightbringer, we learn, is literally attempting to bring about Ragnarok and Laia is over here wasting time trying to get Elias to regain his humanity instead of finding a way to save the world. Worry about Elias later! Another thing I thought unrealistic about Laia's character in this book was her wallowing in self-pity over killing a jinn. Honestly, at this point, given everything the jinn have done, Laia would probably hate them, or at the very least, realize the death was necessary if unfortunate. She also acts uncharacteristically dumb in this book. During a raid on an enemy camp, she is supposed to use her invisibility to poison the food storage. She had this one job and she does everything except that. Instead, she sees some Scholar slaves and wants to free them, only for them to immediately be struck down and killed. Not wanting a young Scholar to die alone, she sits with him and drops her invisibility in the middle of a battle. He would not die alone if you were there, whether you were invisible or not! Characters have to make bad decisions sometimes, I understand, but again, make it realistic. Elias: I never have, and never will, care about the Soul Catcher subplot. I thought it was a bad decision when it was first introduced into the storyline and nothing in this book changed my mind. Elias spends the entire book as the Soul Catcher. The fact that he gave away his humanity and now feels nothing for Laia is a point of contention between them, but comes across feeling more like forced conflict. They are not at odds because of anything one of them did to the other. Every decision Elias makes at this point is because of Mauth's influence. It's just forced and needlessly drawn out. Helene: My favorite character and one of the toughest characters in fiction most likely. She's already had to go through a lot and this book is no exception. Her chapters were the only parts I enjoyed reading and I was happy that she became Empress at the end. I know a lot of people are going to be upset that Harper dies, but honestly, I'm glad. I could never get behind the Harper/Helene ship because Harper tortured her in book 3. Even though it was done unwillingly, you would never be able to separate the event from the person and any time Helene looked at him, she would be reminded of what he'd done to her. Not only that, but Harper would also be reminded of what he'd done to her. So the relationship doesn't work and was sort of doomed from the start. The Nightbringer: We get more chapters in his POV and somehow, I think it makes it worse. He is no longer the mysterious, menacing figure he was when we were first introduced to him. He is far more like a human and he would hate that comparison. He motivations become murky and he is made out to be some sort of sympathetic character, which I don't think he deserves, but he certainly is more deserving than another character the book tries to redeem and that is.... Keris Veturia: Firstly, this woman has been a vicious thorn in the side of our main characters since book 1. Her death needed to be something epic and worthy of such a fierce opponent. Instead, she dies like a chump, at the hands of a character who should have been dead. And then, she gets a redeeming arc and a peaceful afterlife. If anyone didn't deserve a peaceful afterlife, it is Keris. Do not humanize her. She is not misunderstood. She is not redeemable. Not everyone is. Face it. Some people are just evil. She also does not, for some sudden reason, want to kill Elias, which makes no sense considering she already did it once, with poison. Why should she change her mind now? Mirra: Laia's mother, whom I had completely forgotten about, shows up at the last moment to kill Keris and save the day. Realistically, she would be dead. She claims that she played dead and the barbarians failed to check. As if they are that dumb. They would never have taken over Antium if they were THAT stupid. Also, let's be honest. The only reason Mirra is in this book and still alive is so that she can take Elias's place and free him from being Soul Catcher. Deus ex-machina. Rehmat: Her abilities and motivations make no sense. After her death, she made some sort of blood magic pact (?) with the Jaduna to seal her spirit in their descendants. But there are rules that come as part of her resurrection and restrict her. Clearly she didn't read the terms and conditions of her resurrection because why? One of the rules is that she is forbidden to speak about her time with the Nightbringer and reveal any information that may help the humans defeat him. Literally the only reason for this rule is because plot. It would be too easy otherwise. But it's completely stupid. The magic and plot: Again, nothing is defined and there are reveals made that the characters have no knowledge of. The Nightbringer is stealing the ghosts away from the Waiting Place (how exactly?) and channeling their suffering into something called the Sea of Suffering, which is apparently where the ghosts pain is supposed to be transferred to by the Soul Catcher in order to allow them to move on. The Nightbringer plans on opening a portal between the two worlds and unleashing the Sea of Suffering in order to wipe out literally all life. If it sounds stupid, that's because it is. We are not told how the jinn can steal the ghosts as they do and use their suffering. We are not told why Mauth, the god of DEATH, is weaker than the Nightbringer and cannot stop him. I guess because what would we need our main characters to save the world for, then? Speaking of Mauth, we learn that he created the Nightbringer. If he is the god of death, how can he possibly create life? The length of the book felt unnecessarily long and drawn out. The story wasn't going anywhere and it felt like reading the same scenes over and over again. There's a part of the story where Laia is searching for the Nightbringer's story, using Kehanni magic (which also is not defined at all). When she finally gets it, it tells her nothing she can use to kill him. The deaths: All secondary characters. The deaths felt cheap, thrown in for shock value. Helene loses not only Harper, but her sister, Livia as well. Keris's death, as I mentioned, is anticlimactic. Darin is killed by the Nightbringer, who doesn't even turn around to snap his neck. That one read like the cheapest of all. The ending: Anticlimactic. Who knew stopping Ragnarok was so easy? The Nightbringer succeeds in bringing the Sea of Suffering to the human world, but that's okay, because Rehmat stops him by being sympathetic and Laia helps convince him to stop this madness if she tells his story. Who knew he was so murderous just because he wanted his story told. And honestly if Rehmat hadn't imprisoned him here, she would have done NOTHING throughout the whole story. Her existence would have been pointless. As it is, it comes pretty close. I appreciated the fact that Helene vows never to marry or have children. Not every YA character needs a happily ever after ending with the person they were meant to be with. Not everyone in real life even finds that person in life, much less gets to spend time with them the way Helene did with Harper. (hide spoiler)] To wrap all this mess up, it honestly feels like Tahir didn't know where she was going with this story when she wrote book 1. I remember when book 1 first came out that it was supposed to be a standalone or something and when we all read it, we were like "No way is this meant to be a standalone" and it wasn't. But it's hard to change something once it's been published and so you have to work with what you got. And even if Tahir intended to end up here in the last book, that's possibly even worse because then this was intentional. Either this book was a disaster by mistake or by design. It's still a disaster. How could someone who wrote An Ember in the Ashes have gotten this so wrong? This was the last book. It was supposed to wrap everything up and finally bring an end to the story we've all been following for so long. And yet, having read this book, I would go so far to say that it would have been better if this book had never been written at all. I would take not having an ending at all over the ending we were given.

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