A Reaper at the Gates
by Sabaa Tahir
Tahir continues the epic adventure she began with her debut, An Ember in the Ashes (2015). Now her third volume in the cycle begins where the sequel, A Torch against the Night (2016), left off. Elias, now the Soul Catcher and urgently needing to heighten his powers, is up to his eyebrows in despairing ghosts and angry jinn. Laia, who loves him, is desperate to foil the world-destroying machinations of the Nightbringer while also saving her people, the Scholars, from destruction. And the Blood Shrike is at sword’s point with the consummately evil Commandant and determined to save her sister from the brutality of the sadistic, increasingly irrational emperor Marcus. Meanwhile, wars (and rumors of wars) threaten to bring the empire to its knees. Treachery abounds and courage seems no match for it. In short, Tahir has created another compelling story that defies readers to stop turning the pages. Credit her mastery of the suspense-inducing cliff-hanger, heightened by the three alternating points of view: Elias, Laia, and the Blood Shrike. As for her readers’ point of view, Tahir’s legions of fans will be delighted to find an inconclusive ending, which promises a fourth volume. The saga continues.
A Goodreads Choice Award nominee for Young Adult Fantasy & Science Fiction (2018).
Razorbill. June 12, 2018. 480 pages. HS
Book one: An Ember in the Ashes, 2015
Book two: A Torch Against the Night, 2016
Book four: expected publication 2021
Book summary from Booklist starred (May 15, 2018).