So... I have finished An Ember In The Ashes by Sabaa Tahir. I am kind of trying to decide to what extent to criticize this book. It's not crap. But it's not perfect either. There was a love triangle. Actually - there were two of them. Involving four people. It's a math problem, guys, really. Jokes aside - I don't hate love triangles, I like books with some romance in them, as long as it's in the moderate side of things and is somewhat realistic. When it's heavy-handed - it breaks the flow of the story for me, I don't like that. It was kind of heavy-handed here. I suppose compared to many other YA fantasy series the love triangles were well done, but the bar for that in YA is not very high, so there you go. The second thing was the ending. The whole story is very dynamic, not particually action packed, but dynamic nontheless. And when the ending comes - it's kind of rushed and not as explosive as it could've been. It's a good ending and it makes sense, but the build up through the whole book was suggesting something more exciting. Whatever... The good parts... the characterisation is mostly fine. The plot and worldbuilding are also fine. The way the book is written makes it a breeze through read and that certainly increases the enjoyment from the story it tells. There are many tropes, but they are handled well for the most parts. The villains were kind of too purposefully evil, but... Over-all as far as YA fantasy goes, I'd give this book 9/10. But as far as fantasy goes, it's probably somewhere in the range of 8/10. The book has the renaissance man kind of spirit, where it does well in most aspects, but it fails to achieve anything outstanding in any of them. Still, it's a good lighthearted read for between more serious fantasy series.