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A Reaper at the Gates (Ember Quartet #3)

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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
Hardcover, 464 pages
Expected publication: June 12th 2018 by Razorbill
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    Sassy Brit I agree pros and cons to both. I love the new cover and Sabaa's reasons wanting them changed, but usually when I buy a series and I'm waiting for the…moreI agree pros and cons to both. I love the new cover and Sabaa's reasons wanting them changed, but usually when I buy a series and I'm waiting for the next instalment I like them all to match. I guess it's not really a big deal to some, but might be to others :) (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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    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
    Mikee Andrea (ReadWithMikee)

    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
    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.
    Me: Nothing can be worse than the Tower of Dawn cover

    A Reaper at the Gates: *exists*


    An Ember in the Ashes is one of my favorite series ever. I don't deserve this.
    Zemira (Kylo Ren fangirl) Warner
    I hope Helene murders all the hateful peasants, rules the world and finds someone worthy of her greatness.
    Aug 14, 2017 marked it as to-read
    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 not gonna mention how Elias looks gorgeous ???? i mean like not to be shallow or anything but. . .his face !!!
    Aug 14, 2017 marked it as to-read
    Shelves: 2018
    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
    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
    Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
    This cover is freaking AMAZE BALLS! Guess I will go over and pre-order for NEXT YEAR. Lol
    Hari ~Brekker-Maresh~
    Jun 30, 2017 marked it as to-read



    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.


    But why couldn't you match 😫

    And maybe it'
    Aug 14, 2017 marked it as to-read
    Shelves: anticipated
    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
    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.






    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 don't even know what I'm going to do with my
    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]
    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!


    Sep 08, 2016 marked it as to-read
    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.
    Alana • thebookishchick
    I am SO insanely excited for this but worried for my baby Helene.


    While I'm not a fan of the cover I give the author a tremendous amount of respect for the reason she had the covers changed.
    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.
    Jennymort *The Dark Lord, House of Slytheread, Sailor Jupiter, Siren*
    **UPDATE: 08/15/2017**

    Alright, I get whyyyyy she changed the covers, but but.... could it not have waited till the paperbacks came out? *pout*

    **UPDATE: 08/14/2017**

    What in the freaking hell ?? 2018 !? WTF !?


    No. I'm not against my fave brown girl on the cover, I'm salty jittery about my shelves. *sigh*


    If you want to see my rant/saltiness -
    (view spoiler)
    Beatrice (beatriceinbookland)
    Aug 14, 2017 marked it as to-read
    Shelves: i-need
    there's a special place in hell for those who think that cover changes are a good idea
    Aug 06, 2016 marked it as probably
    The cover is the UGLIEST thing I have ever seen! No matter what Saba says in her message about a POC character on the cover and yada yada yada. I don't care. Can't the cover be both gorgeous and have a POC character on it? This is a JOKE!
    And if I read this book it would be for Helene!

    I thought it was a duology ??? :O Not that I am complaining! ;)
    One more book with Elias and Laia !!! ^_^

    *dances a happy dance*
    Katerina Kondrenko
    Jun 30, 2016 marked it as to-finish-someday-or-never  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: waiting-for
    Uh-oh. I thought A Torch Against the Night would be an epic action-packed conclusion, but look at this... Now I'm afraid the previous part would be just a filler with angst, but still hoping for the best.
    Katrin D
    Aug 05, 2016 marked it as to-read
    WHAT DO YOU MEAN 2018?????
    Chelsea ❤Peril Please❤
    Dearest Sabaa,

    Let's have a chat, you and I.

    Upon the release of your Elias quote earlier this week for an A Reaper at the Gates preview, it has come to my attention that you intend to cause my main man grief-GOOD. The better for an epic love story.

    "All things have a price, Elias Veturius. The price of saving her will haunt you for all your days. Will you pay it?"

    However. We both know you don't really want to hurt him, now do you? That's what I thought.

    We're both rational book [boyfriend] lovin
    Mohammed Arabey
    Sep 02, 2017 marked it as for-consideration
    I've tried to like the dragging plot of the second book just because I loved the fast, rich, well paced plot of the first book.

    And I was still going to buy the 3rd book and give ut a try.. BUT NOW THE AUTHOR & PUBLISHERS SAID NO.

    Ruining the cover continuity with stunning imagination killer new covers..

    you bought these two books with these covers? It's old fashion get over it and buy our new f*** idea of the covers to continue the rest of the God-know-how-long-we-gonna-drag-the-plot parts.

    I r
    Aug 14, 2017 marked it as to-read
    Shelves: reviewed
    Um. Yeah. That is one ugly cover. I'm about to make a new shelf for gross covers and pop this one in there, hahaha, 'cause nope.
    sofia (sam willows)
    Aug 24, 2016 marked it as to-read

    at first I was a bit hesitant about the change but after I saw Sabaa's message and take on it I FUCKING LOVE IT WITH ALL MY HEART SAY YES TO REPRESENTATION FOR BROWN KIDS
    Aimal (Bookshelves & Paperbacks)
    Aug 14, 2017 marked it as anticipated-releases
    Update: 05/20/2018 - My re-read of AEitA and ATAtN is done, and now I physically cannot wait any longer for Reaper, so can June 12th FLY here, please and thank you.


    If you told me a few years ago that I'd see someone who looks like me on the cover of a bestselling fantasy series, optioned for a movie, written by a Pakistani author? I would laugh in your face, but here you are, and here I am, crying with joy.

    Aug 14, 2017 marked it as to-read

    Elise (TheBookishActress)
    I don't even go here but can I say that the new book two cover is fantastic and way better than this one the Laia model is beautiful and I love her!! why don't they just release hardcovers of books one and two as well

    ALSO I read her twitter (which y'all should too bc she says some important shit!!) and I'd also like to say that I am currently in love with Sabaa Tahir
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    Sabaa Tahir grew up in California’s Mojave Desert at her family’s 18-room motel. There, she spent her time devouring fantasy novels, raiding her brother’s comic book stash and playing guitar badly. She began writing An Ember in the Ashes
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