I fell in love with Sabaa Tahir’s writing and characters in An Ember in the Ashes and A Torch Against the Night, the first two books in the Ember quartet. To say that I have been waiting anxiously for any Ember 3 news is a bit of an understatement! Elias Veturius is one of my absolute favorite literary characters, and I am dying to get some more of him.
Last week, Tahir shared on social media that there would be a reveal today via Mashable of the Ember 3 cover, title, date of release, and more. I legitimately marked my calendar for today so that I would not miss it!
We even got a synopsis:
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 searches for a way to hold back the approaching darkness, her sister’s life and the lives of all those in the Empire hang in the balance.
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 while hunting for a way to bring him down, Laia faces unexpected threats from those she hoped would aid 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 will stop at nothing to ensure Elias’s devotion—even at the cost of his humanity.
I am not going to lie, I am still in a bit of shock over this release for multiple reasons: 1) I finally have that anticipated Ember 3 news ; and 2) the covers for AEITA and ATATN have been redesigned for an August 29, 2017 paperback release, which was shared today, as well.
The redesigns will coordinate with ARATG cover. Here they are together:
I don’t mind the new covers. HOWEVER, I am not a fan of mid-series cover changes. I am one who prefers that all of the books I own in a series match. I own a copy of AEITA and ATATN that have different artwork (which I actually really liked) from that of the final books in this series. This is just a pet peeve of mine, but of course, yes, I will buy the redesigns, regardless. I also understand the excitement Tahir has for the change.
Tahir gave a great interview in the Mashable article. Be sure to check it out! She also tweeted the following regarding the new covers in the wake of some recent happenings in the United States:
“…For the beautiful brown kids who deserve to see themselves on books: You’re heroes too. And these covers are for you.” (August 14, 2017; @sabaatahir)
Are you excited for A Reaper at the Gates? What do you think about the cover redesigns?
A Reaper at the Gates, the third installment of the Ember series by Sabaa Tahir, is expected to release April 10, 2018 by Razorbill.