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Sabaa Tahir

Autor(a) de An Ember in the Ashes

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Sabaa Tahir grew up in California's Mojave Desert at her family's 18-room motel. After graduating from UCLA, she worked at The Washington Post for five years. She is the author of the An Ember in the Ashes series. The first book in the series, An Ember in the Ashes, made the New York Times mostrar mais Bestseller list in 2016. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos

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How I Resist: Activism and Hope for a New Generation (2018) — Contribuinte — 165 cópias
Three Sides of a Heart: Stories About Love Triangles (2017) — Contribuinte — 105 cópias
Magic Has No Borders (2023) — Contribuinte — 37 cópias


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Conhecimento Comum

Nome padrão
Tahir, Sabaa
Nome de batismo
Tahir, Sabaa
Data de nascimento
País (para mapa)
Local de nascimento
London, England, UK
Locais de residência
Mojave Desert, USA
San Francisco Bay Area, California, USA
University of California, Los Angeles
The Washington Post
Alexandra Machinist
Pequena biografia
Tahir grew up in the Mojave Desert in Ridgecrest, California with her parents and two older brothers. Her parents emigrated from Pakistan to the United Kingdom before moving their family to the United States. She attended UCLA, during which time she interned at The Washington Post. After graduation, she took a job there as a copy editor. She currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Tahir's first novel, An Ember in the Ashes, was published on April 28, 2015. The story takes place in an ancient fantasy world where a teenage girl is fighting to save her brother from prison, and a soldier battles to free himself from the regime. The novel instantly jumped to being a New York Times Bestseller where it held the number two spot. Amazon ranked it the best book for May, the best young adult book for 2015, and the fourth best book overall.

Tahir's second novel was published on August 30, 2016 and is a continuation on the story from her previous novel. Penguin Random House describes this addition to the series as such: “Set in a rich, high-fantasy world inspired by ancient Rome, Sabaa Tahir’s An Ember in the Ashes told the story of Laia, a slave fighting for her family, and Elias, a young soldier fighting for his freedom. Now, in A Torch Against the Night, Elias and Laia are running for their lives."

Sabaa Tahir's latest book, A Reaper at The Gates, was published on June 12, 2018. The story follows Laia, a scholar girl, on a mission to defeat the night bringer; Elias, the current soul catcher, tries to learn the ways of soul catcher and Helene, the blood shrike; tries to defeat the enemies of the empire. The novel is narrated in the first-person, alternating between the points of view of Laia, Elias and Helene.



Very strong but bogs down in third quarter and in Elias storyline especially
eas7788 | outras 32 resenhas | Jun 9, 2024 |
è una scocciatura quando una saga che inizia con una sola stella prosegue peggiorando ;)
LLonaVahine | outras 23 resenhas | May 22, 2024 |
DNFing at 96 pages... for now?

I am just having a hard time getting into this one. I had the same problem with book 2... but man, having this problem again is discouraging. It doesn't help that I currently have several other fantasies checked out from the library that I'm way more excited about.

I may pick this up again later this year.
escapinginpaper | outras 32 resenhas | May 18, 2024 |
So I thought a good way to start out 2016 would be to start reviewing books I really loved, not just ones I hated. For whatever reason I find it easier reviewing things that I hate rather than things I love. Go figure. Let's change that.

I’ll admit: what primarily drew me to read An Ember in the Ashes was all the hype that’s surrounding it right now. A key thing that struck me which people were saying about the book, was its similarity to A Game of Thrones. Now that I’ve read it… I’d say that description is not totally accurate. There are similarities, but An Ember in the Ashes ends up being its own thing, in a good way. What I didn’t realize before I read it, was that it’s actually a young adult novel. But it also stands apart from most books in that category as well.

Like A Game of Thrones, An Ember in the Ashes is set in a mostly-realistic medieval world, with some magic and supernatural aspects thrown in (but not taking the forefront of) the story. Other than that, they feel very different from each other. The world of An Ember in the Ashes has a feel that reminded me distinctly of ancient Rome. The story takes place in a city which used to be ruled by the “Scholars” – a people who focused their lives on the pursuit of knowledge. Many years ago, the Scholars were overrun by the Empire, a militant people who dedicate their lives to war and conquest. The action takes place many years after the Empire conquered the Scholars. The Empire has subjugated the Scholar people, to the point where many of them are now illiterate and uneducated; by reading or learning to write, the Scholars will be committing a crime. Moreover, the Empire uses many of the Scholars as their slaves. Two different perspectives tell the story: Laia, a young Scholar girl who has experienced the Empire’s cruelty her entire life; and Elias, a young man who is in training to become part of the Empire’s most skilled set of warriors. Tragedy strikes in Laia’s life, and slowly her path converges with Elias’s, and each find themselves dramatically changing the other’s destiny.

There were many things about the novel which I really liked. For instance, despite being a young adult novel, Sabaa Tahir manages to touch on a lot of dark subjects without being overtly graphic. Such subjects include slavery, rape, torture, sacrifice for those one loves, hope in the face of despair, and, (to a lesser extent), racism and sexism. Tahir builds in the reader an incredible feeling of suspense and fear for the outcome of the characters. In certain parts of the books, I had genuine feelings of distress for my favorite characters, as well as genuine anger towards some of the book’s more evil characters.

Tahir is also great at character development. If there’s any other way to compare her to GRRM, that would be it. She makes you care for the good characters, and really hate the bad ones. But at the same time, her characters are not two-dimensional: the ones that are supposed to be good have deep flaws, while the ones who are bad have layers to them that make you question how much you should hate them. Laia especially struck me a unique example of a young adult heroine. She is by no means a perfect heroine. Throughout the story, she struggles with the idea that she is a coward because she could not stand up against the assassins who killed her family and imprisoned her brother, Darin. It takes most of the novel for Laia to discover that she can be brave, that she can be a hero. Which, to me, seems more realistic than an inexperienced teenage girl starting out the novel as a complete badass, or immediately being able to catch on to the skills she needs to accomplish something, or save someone (I’m looking at you Tris… Katniss…). Moreover, Laia really has to struggle to survive, there is no easy path for her to accomplish what she needs. Most of the novel is her trying to survive, while at the end things finally pull together in a way that made me want to cheer.
In addition to good character development, Tahir also manages to steer the romantic aspect away from the obvious; there wasn’t the overt love triangle that is so present in many young adult novels. While Elias and Laia do fall for each other towards the end of the story, they both have separate people in their life who they find themselves attracted to. Laia finds herself torn between Elias and Keenan – a member of the Scholar resistance. Like Laia, Elias, is diverging from the path that his destiny seems to dictate. However, Keenan has intimate knowledge of the suffering and loss that Laia experiences, because he too has experienced it. As for Elias, it’s between Laia and Helene. He’s attracted to the freedom he sees in Laia, but also to Helene, who knows him and understands him because of the friendship they’ve had for life.

Another big thing that I want to just generally note about An Ember in the Ashes, is that Sabaa Tahir is a really, really excellent writer. She is very eloquent and descriptive. Not only can she set a mood, but she can really make you feel present in the setting – she describes sounds, smells, the way the light looks in the scene. I think she would be easily able to transition to writing novels with more "adult" themes, and do extremely well. Tahir ends An Ember in the Ashes with a pretty big bang, but also a pretty huge cliffhanger… which makes me extremely glad that the sequel is set to come out pretty soon. The book sets itself out as a unique beginning to a fantasy series. I (obviously) haven’t read the sequel yet, but it seems like a series worth sticking with.
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escapinginpaper | outras 214 resenhas | May 18, 2024 |



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