An Ember In The Ashes

‘This life is not always what we think it will be,’ Cain says. ‘You are an ember in the ashes, Elias Veturius. You will spark and burn, ravage and destroy. You cannot change it. You cannot stop it.’

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Where do I start with this book? It was crazy good. Written by Sabaa Tahir, An Ember In The Ashes is gripping, compelling, infuriating, sad, inspiring and exciting all rolled into 448 pages. An Ember in the Ashes is the kind of book that captivates the reader and stirs a lot of emotion. It highlights the depth of humanity’s evil and shows that even in the toughest of circumstances, hope and love can prevail.

One of the ever-present questions that came across my mind while reading this books was, when being subject to the will of others, to what scale do our choices affect an outcome? If we are seen to have no control over our lives, then do we believe that we are lost, or do we fight anyway? To me, this book is an excellent example of why the human spirit is so important. It highlights the key components of what it takes to succeed against all the odds; that is, conviction, faith, love and a right to live freely.

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The Great Zoo of China-Book Review

Ok, before everybody starts screaming ‘spoiler alert’, we all know The Great Zoo of China is about dragons. If you didn’t, where have you been hiding? Just take a look at the massive dragon tail on the front cover or open the first few pages and you’ll see the quote about dragons, not to mention the pictures of the map with the size scale of dragons next to it. That’s before the novel even starts. So no hate people. This book is about dragons. There. I said it.

Matthew Reilly is an Australian Author, and he released The Great Zoo of China in November 2014. You may be familiar with his action-packed work such as The Scarecrow Series or The Jack West series, and almost from the start, The Great Zoo of China is full of relentless action.

If you take the book and flip it over to the back, this is what you’ll see:

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