By: Sabaa Tahir
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Laia and Elias are each in positions they don’t want. Elias is a soldier competing in the deadly Trials to become the next Emperor. Only, he isn’t sure if he wants to rule over the cruel and violent empire. Laia is disguising herself as a slave to infiltrate the training school where Elias lives in the hopes of rescuing her brother, who has been captured. When the two meet up, will they help one another with their individual quests to freedom—or destroy each other?
This is a young adult book containing:
• Many references to rape
• Attempted rape
• A man wants to rape women
• Profanity (b*tch, p*ss, d*mn, h*ll, bloody, whore, bastard)
• Violence (descriptions of torture inflicted on slaves, murders, executions, slicing necks, sword fighting, stabbing, slapping, serious injuries, death threats, lots of blood)
• Physical attraction
• A sensual dance
• Some adults drink at receptions
The world of An Ember in the Ashes is incredibly gripping and harsh, but that’s to be expected of a fantasy world based off of Ancient Rome. There’s lots of fighting, killing, and a handful of ruthless and merciless characters. Parents considering letting their child read this book should worry most about the violence and numerous references to rape.