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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A Reaper at the Gates Reviews

  • Chelsea ❤Peril Please❤

    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.

    , 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

    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.

    , 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 Ember Re-Read tour, and with that came a wonderful perk-I got my beloved Elias book early. That’s right-I finished this book DAYS AGO. Like-before release. It was absolutely wonderful to not worry about spoilers and rabid fangirls (ahem…okay, shut up) ruining any moment of this for me. It was pure solitude and bliss.

    Often when we finally get that book we so crave, it turns out to be a total stinker. Well, I can assure you, this is not the case, here. In fact, I absolutely ADORED IT.

    . I really haven’t connected with too many stories because I just have found SO. MANY. AMAZING. BOOKS this past year that it’s hard for me to be wooed.

    I can even say that about an all time favorite series,

    . It just…somewhere along the way, this author lost me. Don’t get me wrong-there was a LOT to love about

    . But in

    , when she did some of the things she did….it just didn’t keep my interest. She hurt me in ways I can’t explain-Cal is my DARLING and I just think it was a case of trying to make so many female characters strong, that she almost backpedaled and made some of the more solid moments of the series all for not-just to prove

    I get it. We get it. But when a series can stand on it's own two feet, can let the events and the perils and the companionship and mistakes mean something more-now that’s what I come for. These moments can be made into something amazing. Something HUGE. And you’re probably wondering why I’m prattling on about a totally different series-There’s a point, here.

    Not often am I SO MAD AND LIVID AND ANGRY at an MC…just to forgive them. I don’t do this. I stay mad and angry and livid and what-have-you. But, somehow,

    . I loved her in book one, wanted to stab her [after what she did] in book two, and wanted to hug her in book three. Though, I transferred that hate to another female, but that’s okay. I’m always hating on someone 😉.

    She made a strong, reliable girl that would do anything to save her people. To help them. TO SAVE THOSE GD children [that Sabaa clearly wants to maim and torture repeatedly-Lord help me]-even at the cost of her own life. I don’t know-I really don’t forgive easily. But here? I really did forgive Laia. And the Nightbringer…is it weird I really like him, too, now? Yes, crazy, I know. I’m crazy.

    My point with all that, though, is that even though there is SO MUCH GOING ON and so many characters and so much

    (I cried so many times-and I rarely cry about books)….

    . For example? Where my other boy was brought down to an almost sad loser (I still love him, don’t be fooled) by the author’s hand,

    -Laia is strong. Elias is strong. Yet-they hurt. They

    .

    . Ugh-you’ll see.

    There wasn’t filler and nothing was unnecessary. OH!!! And I forgot about Helene!! MY GOD THAT GIRL GOES THROUGH SO MUCH IN THIS BOOK. I’m

    you-this book is all pain, I swear. Yet-

    . She doesn’t forget her roots and she does everything in her power to save her people.

    There is literally so much loyalty here. No bashing because someone made a choice-chose a different path-went their own way. These people have sacrificed

    -lost friends. Family. Loved ones. True loves. All for the greater good-all for those they love and can save. All the faults I felt in book two…they faded to ash. Yes,

    .

    , there is a LOT of sadness. And

    , I wanted/needed/craved more Elias and Laia moments-but they were there. They were bittersweet, beautiful, and heart-wrenching.

    .

    I guess it’s time I say why this series means so much to me-Elias. I mean, is it any surprise, what with all my Elias appreciation posts and whatnot?

    . No, I’m not kidding. I think the closest thing that comes to mind is Peeta-TOTALLY different guy, situation, scenario, but he’d give it all up just for her. Both of them. Elias could ruin everything in one moment-for the whole world as he knows it-

    if it means Laia will be hurt.

    My heart. I just…CAN’T. He faces so many obstacles in this book I can’t describe or talk about, but just know that heavy is the head that wears the crown-and this applies so many different places. And

    ?

    It was one thing after another after another. I could hardly keep up with the pain and destruction. But I have to say-Helene’s, while her storyline has always been a favorite of mine, storyline became a LOT more interesting and, obviously, like everything else in this story,

    .

    My one complaint: The Children.

    I couldn’t reconcile with this in my head.

    and even days later my heart is heavy. It’s fair to say I’m more sensitive because I now have a nugget of my own, but at least two instances in this story hurt me-

    . I started blubbering to myself and my husband just stared at me like I was crazy. I don’t know if this warrants a lower rating or not, but I think have to deduct half a star because…wwwwWHHHHYYYyyyyy. You authors. You’re so mean lol.

    All in all,

    -as does this series and this author (I CANNOT WAIT TO SEE YOU ON THE 20th WOOT!). I bet you’re surprised I didn’t fangirl about my boy more. Well-when all you

    is fangirl about said boy for 6 months, you pretty much have room to gush about other things when the time comes.

    . And you also know I would do ANTYHING to get more of him. For once, I’m not angry at an author for prolonging a series. Too often we see authors drag out a series that has no business going past 2/3 books (ahem, see above). But here? I see it. It wasn’t too much. Bad *stuff* had to happen…and here we are.

    For some, yes. I think the world will be fine, in the end.

    or just either of them separately, not as a couple?

    I don’t know what their end game is-

    Who knows. What I

    know is that

    , not just the main two. And that?

    , all by itself.

    But again I imploringly ask: Why all the children, Sabaa?

    UGHHH.

    *****

    How could you, Sabaa

    The tears. They burn. It hurts. It

    *finger pointy emoji*

    RTC

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    Did I mention I love Penguin Teen? And that Sabaa and I are besties?.....Didn't think so :P

    Dearest Sabaa,

    Let's have a chat, you and I.

    Upon the release of your Elias quote earlier this week for an

    preview, it has come to my attention that you intend to cause my main man grief-

    . The better for an epic love story.

    However. We both know you don't

    want to hurt him, now do you? That's what I thought.

    book [boyfriend] loving gals who could kick it around town whilst singing the praises of all our favorite men and the peril they go through to save their true loves.

    Because that's all it is, right? A story? You'd never

    hurt my baby Elias (my book husband (among many, but this is neither here nor there), thank you)-it's all for the beauty of the story and the theatrics of it all.

    So we'll continue to have these wholly fictional chats over drinks, over nights out on the town, over coffee (or, in my case, Mountain Dew)...

    But

    (more so than you already have), our alliance is severed and I cut all ties to our fictional friendship.

    I'm sorry, but rules are rules, and you can't double cross a friend after you [fictionally] promised to keep a character safe. You can't double cross on the safety of a loved one.

    So-

    . The RATIONAL thing. Don't make me abduct you for ransom. I don't want to have to do this-you don't want me to have to do that, do you? Of course you don't.

    Of

    not.

    Sincerely,

    Chelsea-Forever your biggest fan

    AKA Psycho BBF Girl Who Will Go To Drastic Measures To Ensure Her Boys Survive

  • 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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  • Hannah Greendale

    The immediacy of Tahir's writing remains spot-on, but the beautiful prose found in

    is absent in the third installment of the series. Too much of

    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

    The immediacy of Tahir's writing remains spot-on, but the beautiful prose found in

    is absent in the third installment of the series. Too much of

    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 series' most pivotal characters [

    ] is an unforgivable transgression.

  • 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.

  • 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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