A Reaper at the Gates | 5 star review

A Reaper at the Gates | 5 star reviewA Reaper at the Gates by Sabaa Tahir
five-stars
Series: An Ember in the Ashes #3
Also in this series: An Ember in the Ashes
Genres: YA
Published by Razorbill

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.

I am so glad I can finally write this review, I have been listening to A Reaper at the Gates for so long that it’s spanned over two months. I love this series and it’s definitely one of my favourites. I think the characters and the intricacies of everything are SO well done. I love the way all the plots all entwine and how well they all tie in together, it’s just one of the best series for that and this book just gets better in that regard, especially as each character is developed so much further in this book.

I loved the added content from the Blood Shrike, I thought her view and perception really brought something brand new to the story. I knew that she was in the previous books but somehow she still wasn’t the main character in my mind. A Reaper at the Gates changed that for me, the Blood Shrike became a main character and one of the better main characters for me. I think what made me love her so much was that she had so much to do with the politics and that’s always my favourite part of a book! And the politics within this story really become something out of this world!

I will say the biggest guilty pleasure for this book would have to be the romance between Leia and Elias. I ship this pair SO hard, even if they are the trope ridden star crossed lovers. I don’t want to spoil anything so I won’t go into too much detail about what happened between them. But I will say that throughout this book they became their own people, which I think was especially important for Elias as he had been the tropey saviour in the previous books. All in all A Reaper at the Gates was the book where the characters really became into their own.

It’s hard to say which is my favourite book in the series but this is a definite contender. It had everything I loved within a book, good politics, fantastic characters and brilliant twists and turns all the way through. It was the perfect addition to the other books in the series. I loved everything about this book and I genuinely didn’t see the ending coming! But then I can say that about any of the books in this series which is why it is and always will be one of my favourites.

Have you read A Reaper at the Gates? What did you think? What’s you’re favourite book in the series?

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