Reaper at the Gates is the third book in Sabaa Tahir's dynamic Ember in the Ashes quartet. Laia, Elias, and Helene all have a path they are meant to follow, and straying from it might lead to grim consequences. With enemies lurking at every turn, Laia of Serra must find the strength to prevent the Nightbringer's destruction of her people and the world. Helene, the Blood Shirke, must persevere through the ongoing threats, not only from the Emperor himself, but from the deadly Commandant in order to protect her family and the Empire itself. As much as Elias loves Laia and wants to protect her, it may not be within his power. Can Elias fulfill his new duties as Soul Catcher without sacrificing all it means to love and be human? Reaper at the Gates will keep you on the edge of your seat 'til the very end! You will not want to put this book down. I know I didn't.— Jen Steele
My first thought after finishing A Reaper at the Gates: Not sure how I will go about my day in this world when my heart is still with Laia, Elias, and Helene in theirs. The stories of the three main characters are tightly intertwined, and each can only survive at the demise of the others. And yet none are willing to sacrifice love, and so they struggle to find another way and a shred of hope. But war is looming, and tough choices must be made. Brilliantly plotted, this YA fantasy will satisfy longtime fans, and if you haven't started the series yet, snap up the first volume, An Ember in the Ashes, and spend the summer (or one really intense weekend) reading all three!— Jenny Chou
Boswell is so excited to be part of the tour for Sabaa Tahirs A Reaper at the Gates, the third volume of the Ember Quartet. This event will be free but free registration is required at tahir.bpt.me.— Boswell Book Company
BOOK THREE IN THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING SERIES
"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.
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.
“The book deftly handles serious issues like the costs of genocide and war. Both action-packed and emotionally engaging, A Reaper at the Gates is the perfect summer read.” —The Washington Post
"Tahir has created another compelling story that defies readers to stop turning the pages." —Booklist, starred review
"Fans of the series will not want to miss this action-packed installment." —Bookish
Praise for An Ember in the Ashes
"An Ember in the Ashes glows, burns, and smolders—as beautiful and radiant as it is searing." —Huffington Post
“A harrowing, haunting reminder of what it means to be human—and how hope might be kindled in the midst of oppression and fear.” —The Washington Post
“Sabaa Tahir spins a captivating, heart-pounding fantasy.” —Us Weekly
“A worthy novel—and one as brave as its characters.” —The New York Times Book Review
“In a tale brimming with political intrigue and haunted by supernatural forces, the true tension comes from watching Elias and Laia struggle to decide where their loyalties lie.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review
Praise for A Torch Against the Night
“A Torch Against the Night is an unabashed page-turner that scarcely ever pauses for breath.” —The Christian Science Monitor
“An adrenaline rush till the very last page.” —BuzzFeed
“[A] spectacular sequel.” —Entertainment Weekly
“Tahir proves to be a master of suspense and a canny practitioner of the cliffhanger, riveting readers’ attention throughout.…[An] action-packed, breathlessly paced story.” —Booklist, starred review
"This sequel has a darker tone and even higher stakes than its predecessor, setting the stage for a thrilling conclusion." —Publishers Weekly, starred review