Book Review: A Reaper at the Gates by Sabaa Tahir

Hope is stronger than fear. It is stronger than hate

It had been so long since I finished A Torch Against the Night that I wanted to reread the first two books before I read A Reaper at the Gates. It took me forever to make enough time free to read all three of the books and I loved A Reaper at the Gates just as much as I liked the first two.

Book Review: A Reaper at the Gates by Sabaa Tahir


Title & Author: A Reaper at the Gates by Sabaa Tahir
Genre: Fantasy, Romance
Release date: June 12 2018
Series: An Ember in the Ashes
Publisher: Razorbill


[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.

I give A Reaper at the Gates by Sabaa Tahir five out of five hearts because I loved it. This novel again is tense and action-packed.

Elias’ perspective was very interesting because it felt for most of the story as if it didn’t make sense to be a POV character, but the end brought everything together and made me smile. I thought already Sabaa hadn’t made me read through his view if there hadn’t been a point to it.

I loved Helene’s perspective. She really brings the other side of the story to life. She has to be on the side of the Emporer but is threatened by the Commandant. I really hope Sabaa keeps this up, because it is one of the best points in the story.

Laia is a bit snowed over by the other two, but still pretty interesting since she grew up on the other side of Helene and Elias.

I was only a bit confused about the jinn and the Nightbringer, but it was very interesting, so it makes me feel strange. It does tell me the writing is strong and I am happy that at least one author doesn’t have problems with writing the middle parts of the series.

Overall A Reaper at the Gate is great and I really want to read the fourth and final book in the series. Whenever Sabaa is done.

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For now, let books enrich your life!


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