I finally finished A Reaper at the Gates after my recent re-read, and oh girl, was it good.
I’m so very excited to share this review with you all, because I have a lot of things to say.
I received this novel from Penguin Random House in return for an honest review!
Let’s get into it!
Goodreads Rating: 4.33/5
Pages: 464 Pages
Published: June 12th, 2018
Genre: Fantasy and YA
Plot: (Don’t read if you haven’t read books one and two!)
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’s devotion–even at the cost of his humanity.
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This novel was one that I was very excited to get because the previous two novels in the series had so much potential and I was excited to see if all of that potential lead to this novel being incredible.
I am happy to report that I absolutely loved this novel.
I found the writing to be just as fantastic as it was in the first two novels, which basically meant that I could not stop reading this novel. Sabaa Tahir has an incredible way of drawing a reader in and continuously giving them reasons not to leave.
The character development in this third novel was immense. It was very interesting to see how much Laia and Elias grew between book two and book three. Of course there were still moments in which I was frustrated with both characters because they just don’t know how to communicate, but despite that, they definitely had a lot of character growth and it was really great to look back to book one and see how much they changed for the better.
This novel also allowed the reader to learn more about Helene (The Blood Shrike), which I found to be a really fun experience. There were so many moments in which I found myself wanting to skip to her chapters and see what she was up to because she is such an interesting character.
I definitely think this was my favourite of the three novels. There were incredible plot lines going on and things were finally starting to really heat up. Seeing the progression of the story and not knowing what came next made for a really incredible reading experience. Additionally, with how the ending occurred, I am very excited to see what Tahir has in store for us with the next novel!
That concludes my review for A Reaper at the Gates by Sabaa Tahir!
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