A Reaper at the Gates

A Reaper at the Gates

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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Title:A Reaper at the Gates
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A Reaper at the Gates Reviews

  • 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 :)

    So all in all, you don't have to like the cover

    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 :)

    So all in all, you don't have to like the covers and you're totally entitled to your own opinions, but just be kind and respectful, please!

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  • Renee Ahdieh

    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

    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, sexy, and gut-wrenching. exactly what you've come to expect from the brilliance of sabaa tahir.

    all i'm saying is that i need more. now. in veruca salt singing voice: DON'T CARE HOW, I WANT IT NOWWWWWWW.

  • Emily May

    4 1/2 stars. When it comes to heart-racing action scenes, I cannot think of another YA author who does it better than

    . 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

    and

    is that I felt like Elias

    4 1/2 stars. When it comes to heart-racing action scenes, I cannot think of another YA author who does it better than

    . 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

    and

    is that I felt like Elias's perspective didn't contribute as much to this installment until close to the end, and some of his chapters felt like superfluous filler. But maybe it was that Laia's and Helene's (sorry, the

    ) perspectives were just so damn good that Elias's ghostly wanderings paled in comparison.

    If you've been enjoying this series up until now, there's no reason why your love shouldn't continue on with this book. The

    , leading to the kind of dramatic climax we would expect from this series. The body count is high, the reveals are exciting, and I am even more desperate for the next book than I was for this one.

    Just when you think things can't possibly get any worse in

    , the delightfully evil Ms Tahir chuckles maniacally at her keyboard and - you guessed it - things get a whole lot worse.

    I'm not going to say too much about the story in case those reading this review haven't checked out the first two books yet. But I will say I like how the author created some more depth in a couple of the villainous characters in this book, turning them into fully-fleshed out human beings who are not just mindlessly evil (though they are still despicable). I also find the Nightbringer very interesting and I can't wait to read more about him.

    Overall, it's a bloody, nasty book in a bloody, nasty series. It's filled with prophecy, creepy ghosts, and jinn seeking vengeance. There's romance, but not that much. And it seems to promise some very dark and terrible things to come. I can't wait!

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  • Alana • thebookishchick

    It’s amazing how we willingly pay to be traumatized,  but honestly I’d do it all over again if I could. I have to say, there is no one in the writing game quite like Sabaa Tahir when it comes to opening up

    book with heart-pounding intensity. With that being said I was already terrified to start this book knowing that and also because, let's face it, Sabaa is also not the kindest to her characters. When I read the first 80 pages of this book I

    and put it down so fast not because it wa

    It’s amazing how we willingly pay to be traumatized,  but honestly I’d do it all over again if I could. I have to say, there is no one in the writing game quite like Sabaa Tahir when it comes to opening up

    book with heart-pounding intensity. With that being said I was already terrified to start this book knowing that and also because, let's face it, Sabaa is also not the kindest to her characters. When I read the first 80 pages of this book I

    and put it down so fast not because it wasn't good, but because things were not going well for the characters and I knew it was about to get

    .

    Spoiler alert: it did.

    After almost a month of a hiatus from this I decided I just needed to rip the bandaid off and get it over with. So despite knowing that my heart was about to get stomped on I willingly dove myself back into the story of Laia, Elias, and Helene for the third time and I was not disappointed. Heartbroken and absolutely terrified for book four?

    Disappointed? Never. I honestly don't think there is a word that can accurately describe how afraid I am for book four. I think after this book I may actually like Laia a little bit more. If you know me you know she and I never really connected and forget about me shipping her with Elias. It'll never happen. But nonetheless, I did find myself feeling something slightly other than nothing for Laia. Helene, on the other hand, oh how my heart bleeds for her. Some things will never change. She is my queen.

    Anyway, I really struggle with writing reviews multiple books into a series because just about everything is a spoiler, so I'm going to keep this as simple and as vague as possible. Laia, Helene, and Elias are all doing their own thing. The Commandant is still being a selfish bitch. War is coming. People are dying left and right. Hearts are breaking. Necks are snapping. War is now here. The Nightbringer is trying to wreak havoc on the world. 

    Yep, that's basically a summary of the book.

    1.Finding out Cook's backstory, if you know you're probably sobbing with me

    2.Helene and Harper's slow burn romance?!?!

    3. The wild ending battle absolutely annihilated my hopes that this will have a happy ending but ya girl is still trying to gather the pieces of my shattered hopes and dreams. They might be slipping through my fingers, but I'll never give up on these characters, especially my queen.

    All in all, this book will take your heart on a treacherous journey of emotions and you will never be the same. But you still need this book in your life. If you haven't started this series I would

    recommend it and if you have started this series just know I'm sorry and you'll probably need a large dose of therapy by the time it's over!

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  • Warda

    Well, it seems like I’m in the major minority here.

    Three books in and I’m still not attached to the characters. If any of them had died in this book, I would’ve shrugged it off.

    Am I to blame? I don’t think so, since there barely was any backstory or development given to those characters.

    Constant action, non-stop movement and not enough focus on our main characters. I had no option but to not form any attachment, since we weren’t given any breathing room for the plot to slow down and for it to

    Well, it seems like I’m in the major minority here.

    Three books in and I’m still not attached to the characters. If any of them had died in this book, I would’ve shrugged it off.

    Am I to blame? I don’t think so, since there barely was any backstory or development given to those characters.

    Constant action, non-stop movement and not enough focus on our main characters. I had no option but to not form any attachment, since we weren’t given any breathing room for the plot to slow down and for it to shift to the characters.

    was great. It was gloriously fast paced and exciting and the plot kept me on the edge of my bed. I was on a high whilst reading it.

    was where I was expecting some kind of development to come in to play. But yet again, I feel like we weren’t given any and the focus was still on the plot and these characters trying to navigate and fix the messed up world they lived in.

    I made up excuses and thought, you know what? They’re on the run, these kids are at war, there just isn’t enough time for their history to be explored in detail, because it’s unrealistic to expect that. It’s war after all. Surely, Book Three will touch upon something though.

    And it did.

    gave me glimpses of backstory and history to SOME of the characters (which was BEAUTIFUL!) and how they ended up where they are now. Just a small glimpse into a FEW of them, before the plot took centre stage again.

    At this point I couldn’t think of anymore excuses to give and just became fuckin’ annoyed that these characters had no substance and weren’t convincing in their power and magic at all.

    HOW do you ignore Darin? WHY on fucks earth wasn’t he given any kind of focus after what he went through? Laia and her abilities weren’t expanded upon. She just has them apparently. And is a leader now. HOW? Her whole tone is so insecure. Helene is just shouting out orders and isn’t achieving anything with it or learning from her mistakes. And Elias and his new role. We weren’t walked through their magic, their training, their powers, and their fuckin’ abilities.

    We’ve had plenty of the ‘now moments’ thrown in. But still, there were no layers to these characters that ultimately led to their root and shaped them as a person.

    It was almost like

    situation where everything was just more or less thrown at you and readers were expected to go with the flow, understand the world, the magic they possessed and form a bond though nothing substantial was provided. There was no form of structure to it all. Just random and it read messy to me.

    I’m angry. And so bitter. Am I the only one that doesn’t see it? Because please, if there was character development and I have missed out on it somehow, I happily welcome you to point out my stupidity.

  • Andreea Pop

    Holy moly, time has passed rather quickly. But I'm still not happy about the cover style change. Hmph.

    Meaningly, my

    Because

  • Mikee Andrea (ReadWithMikee)

    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? :'(

  • Zemira (Kylo Ren fangirl) Warner

    I hope Helene murders all the hateful peasants, rules the world and finds someone worthy of her greatness.

  • emi

    Nothing can be worse than the Tower of Dawn cover

    *exists*

    #WhatTheFuck

    An Ember in the Ashes is one of my favorite series ever. I don't deserve this.

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