Review: A Reaper at the Gates (An Ember in the Ashes #3) by Sabaa Tahir

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Goodreads Summary:

The highly anticipated third book in Sabaa Tahir’s New York Times bestselling EMBER QUARTET.

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.


My Review:

Well get ready to be mad at me folks, I’m probably totally going behind the majority with this book review, but I genuinely did not love A Reaper at the Gates nearly as much as the rest of the book world. Granted, I think this opinion probably comes from self-sabotage. Reading at a normal pace while in graduate school, especially Physical Therapy school, is literally impossible! This book took me all of last semester to finish! Literally 4+ months! HOWEVER, yes there is a however….I didn’t find myself invested enough in the story to want to choose to read at night over Netflix. I was just not engaged with the story this time, it devastates me because I loved the first two books, but alas, tis true.

A Reaper at the Gates picks up right where A Torch Against the Night left off with Elias as the new Soul Catcher, and Laia doing her best to fight against the empire from her end, all the while not knowing who to trust on her journey to free her people. Elias continues to work as the Soul Catcher, learning more about his abilities, but is caught between a world he doesn’t belong in and his feelings for Laia. However, as he grows in knowledge about his supernatural gifts, he grows farther apart from Laia. New secrets are revealed, and heartbreak is abound.

Perhaps one of the most frustrating aspects of this book, was the romantic struggle between Laia and Elias. It was like the entire world was against them being together and it just went from bad to worse! There were maybe 20 pages of the entire book of time spent with Elias and Laia in the same vicinity as one another, and to me, it just made the story drag more. I mean there were definitely some really exciting parts to the story and a huge reveal that was mind blowing that I absolutely did not see coming, but the rest of the time, it was pretty slow to me. I will still definitely see it through just to know how things work out with these characters, I’ve got to know how it ends regardless. There is supposed to be one more book, and I’ve committed this much time at this point, might as well finish it.

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