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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 sear
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Hardcover, 464 pages
Published June 12th 2018 by Razorbill
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Torosa they've been made better because Sabaa wanted to use her influence to represent POC people, especially with the political climate within USA. She's…morethey've been made better because Sabaa wanted to use her influence to represent POC people, especially with the political climate within USA. She's doing her bit. (less)
Sarah Petrovafire If you look on Tahirs website she announced it will be four books. But I also remember it orginally been advertised as a standalone.
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Emily May
Sep 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult, fantasy, 2018
“There are worse things than death,” I say. “Shall we learn about them together?”

4 1/2 stars. When it comes to heart-racing action scenes, I cannot think of another YA author who does it better than Sabaa Tahir. She plunges you into the chaos almost immediately and once again, for the third book in a row, she keeps the drama and bloodshed coming until the very end.

The ONLY reason I rated this book slightly lower than An Ember in the Ashes and A Torch Against the Night is that I felt like Elias
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Brittney ~ Reverie and Ink
Hey guys! So I'm seeing lots of turmoil in my feed but I thought I'd pop in. I'm not crazy about switching covers/etc in a series either, but before you go off on a huge tangent, go check out Sabaa's reasoning for the changes. My thoughts on the design/etc don't matter, and I happened to adore the old covers SO much, but this woman did a cool thing with her influence, and I'm so glad I know why! Link below :)

http://twitter.com/sabaatahir/status...

So all in all, you don't have to like the cover
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Mikee Andrea (ReadWithMikee)
Jul 04, 2016 is currently reading it
OKAY BUT WHY DO WE HAVE TO WAIT UNTIL 2018???

As if ONE year wasn't long enough, Sabaa goes and makes us wait TWO years for the next book. :((((((((

What are we supposed to do until then? :'(
Renee Ahdieh
Mar 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
whyyyyy, sabaa, whyyyyyyy???

(aside: mwahahahahahaha)

you know how they tell you that good things come to those who wait? i never bought into this school of thought bc i'm pretty much veruca salt when it comes to books. but, holy hell, is A REAPER AT THE GATES worth it. i was immediately drawn back into this darkly dangerous world and all its amazing characters. each POV is distinct and painstakingly wrought. the action is intense, and the angst made my heart hurt for days afterward. it's smart, s
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Andreea Pop
Jun 30, 2016 marked it as to-read
THIS COMES OUT THIS YEAR. Holy moly, time has passed rather quickly. But I'm still not happy about the cover style change. Hmph.



Meaningly, my torturous, never-ending wait. Because freaking 2018.
Zemira (Kylo Ren fangirl) Warner
I hope Helene murders all the hateful peasants, rules the world and finds someone worthy of her greatness.
emi
Me: Nothing can be worse than the Tower of Dawn cover

A Reaper at the Gates: *exists*


#WhatTheFuck


An Ember in the Ashes is one of my favorite series ever. I don't deserve this.
may ❀
im trying to imagine how it would feel to finish a book and NOT BE WORRIED ABOUT THE FATE OF MY BABIES IN THE FINAL BOOK

👏LET👏ELIAS👏AND👏LAIA👏BE👏HAPPY👏ᵖˡᵉᵃˢᵉ

4.5 stars

buddy read with this reading disaster machine

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what the heck happened to the matching cover designs????

the title is 💯💯💯👌👌👌💯💯 but the cover is so OFF AND NOW IM SAD AND CONFUSED WHY DONT WE HAVE MATCHING COVERS!!!!

. . . also. . .is anyone gonna mention how gorgeous elias looks??!?!?!!
Hannah Greendale
Apr 30, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy, young-adult
The immediacy of Tahir's writing remains spot-on, but the beautiful prose found in An Ember in the Ashes is absent in the third installment of the series. Too much of A Reaper at the Gates reads like filler, and the narrative lacks compelling focus with characters seemingly running in circles. The plot hinges on a reveal that's been blazing red since the first book in the series. The Nightbringer remains a tool used for narrative convenience, and Tahir's continued underutilization of one of the ...more
Chelsea ❤Peril Please❤
Love cannot live here.


When one of your favorite authors in the world has a new book coming out, it generally becomes your whole world. You have laser focus. Books lose that quality that always seems to drag you in. You obsess and rant and annoy so many people, yet you just could care less-until the day comes and you finally have it in your hands and you can’t devour it quick enough. This is that book.



I just so happened to be one of those lucky Bloggers/Bookstagrammers that was a part of the
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♥Christina
5 Sweet bleeding skies ★'s

“The sword point is my priest. The dance of death is my prayer. The killing blow is my release.”

“Hope is stronger than fear. It is stronger than hate.”


Holly Mother!!! I don't even know what to say right now! I am completely speechless. 'A Reaper at the Gates' is utterly freaking brilliant! BRILLIANT! I was awestruck from beginning to end and I sure as hell didn't want to put it down. It's hypnotizing, once the pages started turning I couldn't stop. I have so many emoti
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Cait • A Page with a View
Jul 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I went into this knowing most major plot points, but that still didn't make it any less intense or emotional. Sabaa's writing is incredible as usual — I think this might be the strongest book yet!

Obviously anything I say about the third book's story will be a slight spoiler for previous books, so I'll keep it simple. Elias is doing his thing as the Soul Catcher and slowly becoming less and less a part of the human world... no, ok. I can't talk about this plot.



Ughhh I'll just say that I'm not HAP
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Beatrice (beatriceinbookland)
"In this fiery hellscape of a world, this mess of blood and madness, justice exists only for those who take it. I'll be damned if I'm not one of them."

1) An ember in the ashes ★★★★☆
2) A torch against the night ★★★★★

4.5

First things first: nothing will ever be as badass as Helene covered in blood fighting with her war hammer

Anyway, A reaper at the gates was fantastic. Everything came full circle (even if there's still one book left) and some little things that didn't make sense in the previous ins
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Scrill
Aug 14, 2017 marked it as to-read
Shelves: 2018
Edit:
Ok, so I am mad that it wont match my other hardback covers. If you're buying the books with these covers, the older editions also got revamped, and together they look alright I guess...but my bookshelf feng shui is going to be thrown off. I dunno, I was just such a fan of the original. Here are the remakes of the original covers, in case you haven't seen them.




So at least the color hues are similar....

Cover reveal:
Kept seeing these comments about the book cover, and I kept scrolling cause I
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Heather 'Bookables'
Jun 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Full review to come soon! Let's just say after this:
I still love Helene
Elias is amazing and my heart for him..
Laia, I've really grown to enjoy her character.

So many plot twists I did not seeing coming...like at all!
The ending....what???

Amazing book, I expected nothing less from this series!
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
This cover is freaking AMAZE BALLS! Guess I will go over and pre-order for NEXT YEAR. Lol
Lena
Jul 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018-releases
I need sleep. Desperately.
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”Curse this world for what it does to the daughters. Curse it for making us strong though loss and pain, our hearts torn from our chests again and again. Curse it for forcing us to endure.”


8 hours later and I’m still in denial. I mean, what in the hells was that fucking ending???????? Sure, go ahead and rip the very soul from my body, laughing while you do it, won’t you?!
All I can say is that this book and series definitely live up to their h
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Beth
Spoiler Free Review :)

”Pain is a choice. Succumb to it and fail. Or defy it and Triumph.”

Words cannot express how blissfully happy I am with this. I mean for me it was everything that I could of wanted. I was wondering where the story would go after A Torch Against the Night We got updates in what had happened throughout the time on the travels and nothing was left un-said. This time around there’s so much foreboding and it’s setting up the final book perfectly. We see characters grow from stren
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Fables&Wren
Aug 14, 2017 marked it as to-read
Okay but why did you change the cover because I own the first two and now they won't match and I mean it's super cool looking and I love it but can we finish one edition and then start the other because I'll have them both
ℨαrα
So I caved and the reread happened. Buddy read with this fake Canadian
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MY HEART STILL HURTS. To the point where I’m itching to reread Reaper already.

If you haven’t read this book or started this series, I urge you to do so immediately. Everyone needs to know the pain and the joy.

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IT’S HERE, IT’S FINALLY HERE.
At long last.
I can’t wait to be destroyed.
Hari ~Brekker-Maresh~
Jun 30, 2017 marked it as to-read
8/14/17

WE HAVE A TITLE, I REPEAT. WE HAVE A TITLE. THIS IS NOT A DRILL.

I am the definition of sHOOKETH by the TITLE BUT THE COVER????? AM I THE ONLY ONE SLIGHTLY DISAPPOINTED AND BY SLIGHTLY I MEAN WTFFFFFF

Hun, take a look at the rest of your fam.
Do. You. Look. Like. Them? No.
Are. You. Still. Pretty. Anyway? Maybe.

I'm not cover hating except I totally am but like... Um. Ok. Let's just be happy we have a cover with pretty pictures.

WADDUP BROWN PRIDE!

But why couldn't you match 😫

And maybe it'
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Fares
Jun 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Do you ever read a book and go I wonder how would I feel if I read this in a different time or in a different format?
I do that with a lot of my books, especially the ones I love. But for this one, I have no doubt I would've loved it no matter what, I was just hooked from the first chapter till the last one.
AND
I
FRICKEN
LOVE
ELIAS
Amy
Aug 14, 2017 marked it as to-read
Its almost as if publishers don't understand readers at all.

Publisher : What should we do with the cover of the third book in the series?

Cover Designer : We should make it COMPLETELY DIFFERENT!

Publisher : Perfect! The readers will love it!

Readers:

♆Hayley
Sep 08, 2016 marked it as to-read
UPDATE: Putting this on hold for now.. I got distracted by other things and don't really feel like jumping back in.

Buddy read with Jessica of Germany (I’ll tag you later 😹)

I. Am. Not. Ready.

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Why why why WHY! Why do we have to wait so long?! I need more of my little buttercup, cinnamon roll. This better be like a thousand pages of Laia and Elias staring lovingly into each other's eyes.
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Ashleigh 🥀
Jun 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018-favorites
i love dying and being dead :)
Taylor
Jul 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I'm suing for damages because THIS BOOK. FUCKING. DESTROYED ME.

This book was amazing and heartbreaking and astounding and I can't breathe because WOW.

RTC. I'm devastated.
Tweebs♥️ (hiatus)
Nov 21, 2016 marked it as to-read
So, I was on Pinterest and then my ass came across some fan art of Laia from An Ember in the Ashes series and god damn.



THIS FAN ART IS BOOTIFUUUL UNTIL I SAW THE FUCKING RELEASE DATE FOR BOOK 3

HOLD

THE

FUCK

UP


I didn't even check the release date properly.

What is this?

Did it say 2018?

Is my eyes playing games with me? Do I need to book myself an appointment to thoroughly check if my eyes are functioning well?

I'M

IN

FUCKING

AWE

AT

THIS

RELEASE

DATE.


I don't even know what I'm going to do with my
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Rose
Aug 06, 2016 marked it as to-read
I KNEW IT!!!!

okay so from what I know, sabaa said she'd probably be writing up to two more books after a torch against the night...

and I'm not complaining.

[also casually dying of happiness bc more elias YAS]
Alana • thebookishchick
Aug 14, 2017 is currently reading it
I am SO insanely excited for this but worried for my baby Helene.

Ayesha S.
Aug 15, 2017 marked it as to-read
Okay, so not the most aesthetically pleasing cover, but I'm here for any form of brown representation.
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“Curse this world for what it does to the mothers, for what it does to the daughters. Curse it for making us strong through loss and pain, our hearts torn from our chests again and again. Curse it for forcing us to endure.” 24 likes
“Hope is stronger than fear. It is stronger than hate.” 19 likes
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