A Reaper at the Gates: Book 3 Review

About the Book:

Title: A Reaper at the Gates

Author: Sabaa Tahir 

Publisher: Razorbill 

Release Date: June 12, 2018

Pages: 458

Genre: YA Fantasy 


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. Yet 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 that the fate of the world lies not in the machinations of the Martial court, but in stopping the Nightbringer. During 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.download (7)

And in the land between the living and the dead, Elias Veturius has given up his freedom to serve as Soul Catcher. However, 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. 







This is the third installment in An Ember in the Ashes series, and it was a wild ride from start to finish! I had so many feelings after reading this one. The writing is just as fantastic as the first two books. Just be prepared for what your heart is going to endure. 

There was a lot more character development in this one with Elias and Laia, and we also get another character’s point of view. We get to know more about each character’s past, what’s happening in present, and what their future may hold. I also liked that we got to see what’s going on in different parts of the empire with the multiple points of view. There are a lot of amazing battle scenes and action sequences that brought a lot to the story.

I am so glad that A Sky in the Storm is out now, because I need to know the conclusion in this epic series. I am very afraid though of what it will hold. I don’t know if my heart will be able to take it. 


About the Author:


Sabaa Tahir grew up in California’s Mojave Desert at her family’s 18-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.7770873

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