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Publisher's Summary

The highly anticipated third book in Sabaa Tahir's New York Times best-selling 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 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' devotion - even at the cost of his humanity.

©2018 Sabaa Tahir (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers

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  • Jo B.
  • 09-07-19

good stuff

a big thankyou to all the people that worked on this well presented and definitely worth you time

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  • NeilRC94
  • 07-02-21

Heading straight into book 4

I have been enjoying this series since book 1. Seeing the development of the characters across 3 books has made me eager to read/listening to the 4th and final instalments. I particularly enjoyed seeing the same sections of story from different points of. This can contextualise something that previously was unclear. On the other hand, it can also change how we as the listener interpret certain scenes.

I would like to finish by congratulating an excellent team of narrators on a job well done. In my opinion they embody each characters individual spirit and motivations perfectly.

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  • Lisa
  • 18-12-20

Very good.

I enjoyed this one nearly as much as the previous too. but there was just something missing for me. I feel Elias's charector wasn't as strong and it just felt like he lost himself. Perhaps there is cause for this for the next book? Who knows. Anyway I still look forward to the final book.

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  • Siobhan
  • 31-10-20

love it!

I've loved every part of this series so far, can't wait for the next book!

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  • Adam
  • 29-05-20

Really good series

Good, prefer Stormlight archive and Kingkiller chronicles, still really good. I'll definitely be getting book four.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 29-11-19

Rich performances of a deeply emotional story

All four narrators wonderfully express the pain and joy of the entwining characters as they continue to develop because of, and in spite of, the world around them.
This section of the story contains some of the most significant pay offs for story threads I had barely noticed being set up in the preceding books and I eagerly anticipate getting to experience the fourth volume.

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  • Suzanne
  • 14-03-19

excellent!

this series is incredible- you will not regret buying. one of the best series I've read in a long time! narration is great too.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-11-18

Captivating

I loved it, I've listened to all the books three times already and look forward to returning and adventures to come.

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  • Maddye
  • 05-01-21

Epic, heartbreaking, capturing

That’s ok Sabaa, I don’t need my heart or soul anymore...

I am so invested in these characters, this brutal world and this series in general. Sabaa is a goddess of creation.

I don’t have any dislikes of this book, besides how much it HURT.