Society has been divided into different casts, the Scholars,
the Martial, and the Tribe. An Ember in
revolves around the story of Laia and Elias who become unlikely
allies. Laia is a scholar girl who overcomes her cowardice as she attempts to
rescue her brother from the Martial prisons. Elias is a Martial student who is
about to graduate from the military academy. Elias craves the freedom that he
can not obtain while being a soldier for the Emperor.
The inspiration for An
Ember in the Ashes came from the stories of Kashmiri women. These women
told stories of how their brother, husbands, and sons were taken by the
military. In Sabaa's novel, Laia's brother was taken by a Martial soldier
during a raid on her house. Laia has to overcome her fear and face betrayal
before she finds the path that will save her brother from the Martial prisons.
Laia shows us what a person can endure for the love of family. She puts her
life in danger in order to find information regarding her brother's
whereabouts. When the Resistance betrays her, she takes matters into her own
Elias shows us the amount of will power needed to change who
we are. He despises the Martial way of life and is afraid that he will become
as ruthless as his mother. Both characters rely on hope to provide them with
the courage needed to face their daunting obstacles. An Ember in the Ashes utilizes the theme of hope. This novel
illustrates that a silver of hope can be all that is needed to encourage
someone to change and fight for what they believe in.
I recommend this fantasy novel to anyone looking for an
entertaining but well written novel.