A Reaper at the Gates (Ember in the Ashes Series #3)

A Reaper at the Gates (Ember in the Ashes Series #3)

by Sabaa Tahir

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"Thrilling and hard to put down, readers will absolutely devour Tahir's latest." —BuzzFeed

An Entertainment Weekly Summer Reads pick!

"The perfect summer read." —The Washington Post

The highly anticipated third book in #1 New York Times bestselling author Sabaa Tahir's EMBER QUARTET.

Beyond the Martial Empire and within it, the threat of war looms ever larger.

Helene Aquilla, the Blood Shrike, is desperate to protect her sister's life and the lives of everyone in the Empire. But she knows that danger lurks on all sides: Emperor Marcus, haunted by his past, grows increasingly unstable and violent, while Keris Veturia, the ruthless Commandant, capitalizes on the Emperor's volatility to grow her own power—regardless of the carnage she leaves in her path.

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 in the hunt to bring him down, Laia faces unexpected threats from those she hoped would help 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 demands his complete surrender—even if that means abandoning the woman he loves.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781984835819
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 11/23/2018
Series: Ember in the Ashes Series , #3
Edition description: Signed Edition
Pages: 480
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 8.70(h) x 1.70(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Sabaa Tahir is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of An Ember in the Ashes and its sequel, A Torch Against the Night. She grew up in California’s Mojave  Desert at her family’s eighteen-room motel. There, she spent her time devouring fantasy novels, raiding her brother’s comic book stash, and playing guitar badly. She began writing An Ember in the Ashes while working nights as a newspaper editor. She likes thunderous indie rock, garish socks, and all things nerd. Sabaa currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her family.

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A Reaper at the Gates (Ember in the Ashes Series #3) 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
Anonymous 3 months ago
Surprisingly, this book ended the exact way I wanted it to, not at all how I thought it would though. I was fully expecting a setup for a happy, conclusive book. This book is definitely not that, but it is everything else! The last book will hopefully be a finale worthy of its predecessors, I guess we'll have to wait and see.
Anonymous 9 months ago
The story gets slow here and there, but still remains hard to put down. I eagerly await the next one.
Anonymous 11 months ago
I got a little frustrated with so much jumping from one character to another. I found myself skipping bits here and there for the first time in the series. Elias' story drags on and on, dragging everyone down with it. It goes on too long. Keris' story is dragging a bit also. I know she's being controlled by a powerful being, but a little comeuppance and suffering for her here and there would help to keep the story moving. The rest of the characters are having an amazing adventure if you can get past the jumping around and the dragging on of other's stories. Looking forward to #4.
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Jacob_T44 More than 1 year ago
I thought that this book had a very unique and thoughtful plot. The way that the book was written was so creative and made the book all the more interesting. However, I will say that the book did drag on a little bit during the middle. The way that the novel was able to follow three characters effectively and keep the reader actively engaged in all three plots was fantastic. The ending of the book left me satisfied and wanting another book of the series. I would highly recommend this book.
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Aditi-ATWAMB More than 1 year ago
MY THOUGHTS: 1. I ABSOLUTELY LOVED that we got to see Helene’s, Laia’s and Elias’ view points again, with the added addition of OPENING AND CLOSING WITH THE NIGHTBRINGER? I actually dropped the book in surprise when I saw the first chapter starting with his name. It was SUCH A BRILLIANT EDITION to Reaper and I honestly loved it. 2. We should just give Sabaa Tahir the official title of, “Making readers fall in love with characters and then breaking them (both) slowly.” Yes, I realise it’s not a very effective title but IT APPLIES, OKAY? Laia, Helene and Elias had such HEART-BREAKING personal journeys through the book, but especially Helene and Elias. 3. A Reaper at the Gates made me, for the first time in the series, truly appreciate Keris Vetruia’s cunning and determination. Her political machinations (and Sabaa Tahir’s, by extension) were brilliant and were such a great addition to the plot. 4. CAN WE ALSO PLEASE TALK ABOUT HOW ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL THIS GREEN AND BLACK COVER IS? I LOVE IT SO MUCH. 5. Oh, the ending. The prophecy. The sacrifices. The magic. A Reaper at the Gates was all kinds of perfect, and I absolutely loved it. SOMEONE GIVE ME BOOK FOUR NOW. Would I recommend this book? YES (AND BY EXTENSION, THE WHOLE SERIES, OBVIOUSLY) Sabaa Tahir is a GENIUS PLOTTER and her characters have so much DEPTH. This world is brutal, real, brilliant and if you’re a fantasy fan, DIVE IN NOW!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I LOVE this series. It only gets better. I'll admit to some frustration that I started it knowing that it was not all available yet, and that was only compounded when I finished this one, but I'd still recommend you pick it up as soon as you have some time to get into this world. Magic, mystery, intrigue and scheming. Love and betrayal and healing. It's all here. Figuring out who you are and where you are going and where you've come from. I will always root for Elias and Laia, I have come around to understanding Helene and wish for her to find some peace as well. There's no shortage of things to look forward to in the next installment, and I can't wait!
PennyWright More than 1 year ago
This is the third book in the An Ember in the Ashes series, and it'll break your heart just as much as the first two did. I have no idea how I'm supposed to wait for the fourth book! The real star of this book is Helene, who is forced to make so many difficult decisions while doing Emperor Marcus's bidding. Karis Veturia is still sneaking about, making arrangements for her own evil plans. The Nightbringer is also working towards his own nefarious plans, while Laia fights for her people and Elias struggles with his new duties. We gain a narrative from the Nightbringer in this book, which I found really interesting. He's the only non-human narrator we have, and he becomes more complex the farther we dive into his story. I'm looking forward to seeing what else we learn about him in the fourth book. Sabaa Tahir's writing is marvelous and quick-paced. A Reaper at the Gates is around 500 pages, but you feel like it's much shorter. It's exciting, and all of the characters are fully developed. You feel as though you're actually a part of the setting. I recommend this book to anyone looking to get hooked on a new fantasy series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is another new favorite! Incredibly well written and creative! I am so happy I found this series!
onemused More than 1 year ago
"A Reaper at the Gates" continues where Torch left off, thrusting us back in the action, beginning with a section from the perspective of the Nightbringer. The rest of the book alternates between Helena (now the Blood Shrike), Laia, and Elias (now the Banu al-Mauth). Helena is still dealing with the loss of her family and her increasing duties as the Blood Shrike under Marcus's reign. Marcus has a smaller role in this book and his appearance is less and less. The true enemy is the Commandant- we don't know what she is planning but we know it can't be anything good. Her manipulations only become clear after they have occurred. Laia is being pushed even further than she has in the past- she is emerging as a reluctant leader of the Scholars. Alongside her brother, she is on a journey to figure out how to stop the Nightbringer, but also how to become the leader she needs to be. Her journey felt a bit like wandering until the quest becomes clear, and she must follow it step by step to achieve her seemingly destined role. Her and Elias's relationship takes a backseat to the other tasks before them. Elias's sections were the least directed, as his struggles are internal. He must let go of his humanity and everything that makes him an individual, including his feelings for Laia and Helena, in order to fulfill the role of the Banu al-Mauth, to guide the spirits to the world beyond and guard the forest. His journey was one of self and recognizing weakness/what is required of him in the role he is to take. This book was fast-paced and engaging, and I finished it all too quickly. Most of the book felt like it was filling the gap between the past to where we need to be for the final book in the series. That being said, I found there was more than enough happening to make this a great read. However, of course, nothing is settled, as is expected for an in-between book. Helene's perspective was my favorite by far in this book- she has so much heart and soul that it feels like it pours from the pages. There was also the most action and content in her sections. I am definitely most curious about what will happen with Helena's story in the next book. She is quickly becoming my favorite amongst the main characters. Overall, I think this was a well-written installment to a great series! I would recommend reading them close together in time as there is not much recap and a lot of characters to remember. I am looking forward to reading the fourth when it comes out!
Cutiefulpink More than 1 year ago
What. Just. Happened? This will be short, because I am really scared I will spoil something, but let me just say, I am shook. If you haven’t decided yet, go get these books. Seriously, 5 stars for all three books in the series is unprecedented in my world. I am a wreck, have all the feels, and need emotional support. http://amysbooketlist.blogspot.com/2018/08/a-reaper-at-gates-audiobook-review.html
MaleehaS More than 1 year ago
This book destroyed me. I am dead. So. Many. Plot. Twists. God only knows what the final installment in the series will do to my soul.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So fantastic
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sabaa!!! How could you?! I am pained beyond words! I went into this book with such high hopes and was left my hopes shredded to ribbons! Each scene had me on the edge of my seat and the visuals throughout these pages were written so well and unbelievably realistic I felt I could've been watching this on a movie screen. Great continuation, fantastic characters that continue to intrigue and wondrous writing with immense emotional pull! I cannot wait for the conclusion to this series!!!
Seoling More than 1 year ago
I was trying to prolong my read of REAPER for as long as possible because the faster I would read it, the longer the wait would be until the last book of the Ember Quartet and I’ve been through enough torture as it is. Of course, my lack of willpower is a domineering force as seductive as the Nightbringer. So, I will start out by saying that I have mixed feelings. Lots of them. On one hand, this is one of my favorite series in the entire world and I have nothing but love and appreciation for it - it is what made me a dedicated fan to Sabaa and her writing and I am a lifelong reader of her writing now. Plus, nothing can beat that feeling I experienced when I fell hard for EMBER. And on the other hand, this book suffered from a few execution problems that affected my enjoyment. I will say that REAPER has amazing moments that I find so familiar in Sabaa’s writing. The first third (and nearly half!) of the book dragged. I felt filler syndrome and every chapter that succeeded the last made me kind of agonize at the idea that maybe there wouldn’t be much happening. There’s a lot of going back and forth and so much…traveling. The details became lost to me as those chapters wore on and I really agonized for the big moments where things would happen. I feel like if those chapters were cut in half, the pace would have been much smoother and enjoyable for me. For EMBER and TORCH, I zipped through the books because they were so…keeping-me-on-the-edge-of-my-seat and I didn’t have that here and I think it’s because they were set up so perfectly and had sweeping scenes that kept me going. For REAPER, I was not as pumped to push on and keep turning pages. When I had to put the book down, I wasn’t too disappointed until I got to the second half of the book. To add to the above, there were big revelations in REAPER that I wish had been executed better. Sure, there were cats that were let out of the bag that we’d been expecting since book one, but I just wanted more…‘oomph’? I was bogged down by all the filler that it made those big realizations not as exciting as I really hoped them to be (nevertheless, they were enjoyable!). Enough of the eh stuff and onto the good stuff. I was never a huge fan of Helene and this was Sabaa’s love letter to me about Helene and I fell in love with her by the end. Might my malice towards her have been because of Laia and Elias? SURE. YES. ABSOLUTELY. I had started to like her just a bit in TORCH, but now I am such a fan of her and to be honest, I was looking forward to her chapters the most as the story progressed. She really goes through so much and the pain and struggle she feels, not only as the Blood Shrike, but as Helene - a young woman bound to duty and to family that pulls her in different directions. I would have loved to see more interaction between her and Livia (who I wish had a bigger part in this book, I hope to see more of her in #4!) and my heart would be lying if I didn’t say I want to see more Helene/Harper (OH DIS HURTS ME). I just really liked her parts - especially when it came to interacting with Marcus, Keris, Cook, and Laia. Her relationships with them are so different and complicated and because of the type of character she is, it’s so rare to see so many sides of her despite all of them masking in absolute, but real disdain for everyone. And of course, she’s just a badass. [full review at herbookstacks.com]
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It kept me captured late into the night
BookaPlenty More than 1 year ago
Sabaa Tahir has played, kicked, and killed my heart once again. A Reaper at the Gates was an amazing 3rd installment in the An Ember in the Ashes series. Filled with action, romance, death, and life everyone that enjoys reading books that kill you, must read this.
Raine23611 More than 1 year ago
Omgggggggg. That's all. Sabaa Tahir is such a talented writer. Just an incredible author who has created characters and a world that any YA fantasy reader can fall in love with. A Reaper at the Gates is a brilliant sequel to An Ember in the Ashes and A Torch Against the Night, and I cannot wait to see how the series wraps up with book #4. Write faster, Sabaa... (Just kidding. Please take your time and give us the ending we crave! Thank you for these delightful characters and beautiful tale!)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It took me a bit to get to the feeling of "I have to read this book!" but I really enjoyed it. I love the characters and the surprises and I cried so much. The dealings and the backstabbings and not knowing who the actual villain is is pretty great. The tension between characters and the fact that we want them to be together... Tahir does an amazing job of putting obstacles in her characters' paths. Can't wait for the next one!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have been waiting for this book to come out and it was SO worth the wait!!! I seriously couldn't put it down. I am hard-core keeping this series as a permanent feature of my library, and will 100% read it again. Also, surprise plot twist I definitely did not see coming! And I'm hard to surprise. Way to go, Mrs. Tahir on an all-around job VERY well done. Thank you for sharing a bit of your soul with us. ?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was good rightly not what I expected especially after the 2 previous books. I guess we all make our own predictions. From the begining we divided right into the chaos next thing I know the book was ending lol. It was that good I ran right through the pages.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Incredible follow up to A Torch Against the Night.
mesmer More than 1 year ago
A compelling read for a diverse audience. The first book did a great job setting up a somewhat contained world. But we realized the brutality and stakes very quickly. The second, Torch Against the Night, expanded that world substantially as the characters moved far beyond the confines of the Blackcliff military academy into some haunting areas, both literal and figurative, with some shocking, gut-wrenching twists. Reaper takes the story much, much further, with easily the best world-building in the series. We get unexpected insight into this land's magic, especially the Nightbringer and the Augurs. Laia, who had some solid character development in the first two, grows exponentially in this one, and by the end, I believed she was capable of nearly anything. As with all Tahir's characters, that undercurrent of dread is substantial, and I wonder about her connection to the world's magic. Helene's somewhat tragic storyline becomes epic in scope, with a big part of the book taken up by significant battles and beyond. Elias's path in the Waiting Place is decidedly unexpected. I find this the most extraordinary of Tahir's decisions - taking this beloved character down some tough existential paths. Beyond those we're introduced to some great new characters in the free lands. And there are at least two shocks in store that I certainly didn't see coming. I wouldn't expect anything less of this author. Without spoilers, end to end it's quite the book, an extraordinary series, and a great analogy for our times.