A Reaper at the Gates Campaign: Why You Should Start the Series

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir was one of my favorite 2015 debut novels, and I enjoyed A Torch Against the Night even more! I'm anxiously waiting to read A Reaper at the Gates, so in the meantime I'll share some reasons why you should start the series.

1. The Writing
While An Ember in the Ashes is Sabaa's debut novel, it certainly doesn't read like one. Sabaa perfectly balances two points of views and gives two completely distinguishable voices. The writing is easy to devour and makes for the perfect binge read. There also a detached style to the writing that perfectly highlights the brutal nature of the Martial Empire.

2. Lots of Revelations
This book is rife with plot twists and revelations that leave readers reeling and anxious to know more. Sabaa is an expert plotter and seamlessly drops hints and teases along the way until the stunning reveals. The 

3. Character Growth
Throughout this book we see Laia go through tremendous growth as she shifts from her timid and cowardice nature towards a bold and fiercely brave side. Elias' character was most relatable as he struggled to determine where his loyalties laid and questioned the morality of his surroundings. His conflicting feelings felt very realistic. Readers are captivated by the issues these characters face and can't help but continue reading to see if the characters will rise to the challenge or admit defeat. 

4. Empowering Women
Helene is easily my favorite character in this book. Her badass nature knows no boundaries. She shatters all expectations and overcomes nearly insurmountable prejudice and adversary to be one of the top students in her class.

5. High Stakes
Have you ever read a book where basically everything that could go wrong does go wrong? This book does just that and raises the stakes (and our heartbeats) after each and every setback.

6. Diversity 
This book effortless incorporates and celebrates diverse cultures and characters as well. Sabaa herself is a person of color. She has fought valiantly to bring WOC better representation within publishing.

7. Two books down, two more to go! 
The first two books in this quartet are out, and the third book comes out in June. Now is the perfect time to start the series! 

The Book:

Laia is a slave. Elias is a soldier. Neither is free.
Under the Martial Empire, defiance is met with death. Those who do not vow their blood and bodies to the Emperor risk the execution of their loved ones and the destruction of all they hold dear.
It is in this brutal world, inspired by ancient Rome, that Laia lives with her grandparents and older brother. The family ekes out an existence in the Empire’s impoverished backstreets. They do not challenge the Empire. They’ve seen what happens to those who do.
But when Laia’s brother is arrested for treason, Laia is forced to make a decision. In exchange for help from rebels who promise to rescue her brother, she will risk her life to spy for them from within the Empire’s greatest military academy.
There, Laia meets Elias, the school’s finest soldier—and secretly, its most unwilling. Elias wants only to be free of the tyranny he’s being trained to enforce. He and Laia will soon realize that their destinies are intertwined—and that their choices will change the fate of the Empire itself.

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Follow the Blog Tour:

April 30 – PageTravels – Creative Bookstagram Picture
May 1 – My Friends are Fiction – Review
May 2 – YA Books Central – Graphic Pictures
May 3 – Star-crossed Book Blog – Review + Creative Instagram Picture
May 4 – ButterMyBooks – Review
May 5 – Icey Books – Creative Instagram Picture
May 7 – PaperTrailYa – Reasons to Start Reading The Series
May 8 – The Book Feels – Review + Creative Cover Instagram
May 9 – A Perfection Called Books – Reasons to Start Reading The Series
May 10 – ABibliophilesbkm – Creative Instagram Picture + Observations Blog Post
May 11 – The Young Folks – Reasons to start reading the series with GIFS
May 12 – @DarkFaerieTales – Creative Instagram Picture
May 14 – PageTravels – Creative Bookstagram Picture
May 15 – My Friends are Fiction – Review
May 16 – YA Books Central – Graphic Pictures
May 17 – Star-crossed Book Blog – Favorite Moments In The Series + Hopes For Book 3
May 18 – ButterMyBooks – Helene Aesthetic
May 19 – Icey Books – Creative Instagram Picture
May 21 – PaperTrailYa – Theories About Book Three
May 22 – The Book Feels – Review + Creative Cover Instagram
May 23 – A Perfection Called Books – Helene Appreciation Post 
May 24 – ABibliophilesbkm – The character’s choices, consequences, and expectations
May 25 – The Young Folks – Author Interview
May 26 – @DarkFaerieTales – Creative Instagram Picture
May 28 – Fiction Fare – Reasons Why You Should Be Reading The Series
May 29 – Book Is Glee – Creative Instagram Post
May 30 – That’s Normal – Catch Up + Book Three Predictions + Fan Art
May 31 – Bibliophile Gathering – Favorite Moments From Book 2
June 1 – The Fandom – Fan Casting
June 2 – The Eater of Books! – 100 Thoughts I had While Reading Book Two


June 4 – PageTravels – Creative Bookstagram Picture

June 5 – My Friends are Fiction – Reasons to Read the Series
June 6 – YA Books Central – Graphic Pictures
June 7 – Star-crossed Book Blog – Elias Appreciation Post 
June 8 – ButterMyBooks – What to do after reading the book
June 9 – Icey Books – Creative Instagram Picture

June 11 – PaperTrailYa – Theories About Book Three
June 12 – The Book Feels – Review + Creative Cover Instagram
June 13 – A Perfection Called Books – How our lives will never be the same
June 14 – ABibliophilesbkm – Creative Instagram Post + Character’s Playlist
June 15 – The Young Folks – What to read after you’ve finished REAPER AT THE GATES
June 16 – @DarkFaerieTales – Creative Instagram Picture

June 18 – Fiction Fare – Books To Tide You Over While You Wait For The Next Book
June 19 – Book Is Glee – Creative Instagram Post
June 20 – That’s Normal – Review + What To Read Next
June 21 – Bibliophile Gathering –  Favorite Character Appreciation Post
June 22 – The Fandom – Top 5 Most Important Moments in the series so far

June 23 – The Eater of Books! – Top Ten Reasons to Stan Laia

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