Today, I will be revealing the first post in a series of many to come leading up to the release of the epic upcoming young adult fantasy, An Ember in the Ashes, on April 28th, 2015! Haven’t heard about it yet? Well, rest assured I will be giving you all the info you need in the coming months! Check out the description below, then click the link to read the first two chapters at MTV.com and don’t forget to enter the giveaway at the bottom of this post!
Set in a terrifyingly brutal Rome-like world, An Ember in the Ashes is an epic fantasy debut about an orphan fighting for her family and a soldier fighting for his freedom. It’s a story that’s literally burning to be told.
LAIA is a Scholar living under the iron-fisted rule of the Martial Empire. When her brother is arrested for treason, Laia goes undercover as a slave at the empire’s greatest military academy in exchange for assistance from rebel Scholars who claim that they will help to save her brother from execution.
ELIAS is the academy’s finest soldier—and secretly, its most unwilling. Elias is considering deserting the military, but before he can, he’s ordered to participate in a ruthless contest to choose the next Martial emperor.
When Laia and Elias’s paths cross at the academy, they find that their destinies are more intertwined than either could have imagined and that their choices will change the future of the empire itself.
MTV revealed the first two chapters of what appears to be one of the most highly anticipated young adult novels of 2015. And let me tell you, after reading this excerpt, An Ember in the Ashes has moved straight to the top of my to-read list for this year! The writing is captivating even for someone who doesn’t normally read high fantasy as it combines the perfect amount of action and vivid description. We just get two chapters–one from the POV of each of our main characters Laia and Elias–but they make it clear that this is not a book you will want to miss!
In celebration of the excerpt reveal, Penguin Young Readers has decided to give away a T-shirt and an ARC of An Ember in the Ashes to five lucky winners! The giveaway will last for one month, so don’t miss your chance to win! And don’t forget to check back over the next few months for more exclusive posts in anticipation of the release of An Ember in the Ashes in April!