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Comparing Covers #23: An Ember in the Ashes

by Aleen @ Lampshade Reader

Welcome to Comparing Covers where I will showcase a book title that has multiple covers; from first editions, re-releases, and international releases.


I admit that I hadn’t heard of this author or book until today. I happened upon it while I was looking through the sales on Book Depository. I was drawn to the cover and hoped there were more versions. The story of An Ember in the Ashes looks every bit as interesting as its cover.  Of course, I just had to add it to my TBR list. If you don’t mind making your TBR list grow, you can find the book here.



Laia is a slave. Elias is a soldier. Neither is free.

Under the Martial Empire, defiance is met with death. Those who do not vow their blood and bodies to the Emperor risk the execution of their loved ones and the destruction of all they hold dear.

It is in this brutal world, inspired by ancient Rome, that Laia lives with her grandparents and older brother. The family ekes out an existence in the Empire’s impoverished backstreets. They do not challenge the Empire. They’ve seen what happens to those who do.

But when Laia’s brother is arrested for treason, Laia is forced to make a decision. In exchange for help from rebels who promise to rescue her brother, she will risk her life to spy for them from within the Empire’s greatest military academy.

There, Laia meets Elias, the school’s finest soldier—and secretly, its most unwilling. Elias wants only to be free of the tyranny he’s being trained to enforce. He and Laia will soon realize that their destinies are intertwined—and that their choices will change the fate of the Empire itself.

I had thought the original cover was pretty, but when I saw the Swedish version, I think I fell in love. That one is my choice for favorite, just because of the vibrant colors and it has both characters represented. Look forward to seeing which one you pick!


An Ember in the Ashes Comparing Covers 23

International Editions

An Ember in the Ashes Internationa Comparing Covers 23

Which one did you vote for and why?


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Cynthia Tu

I definitely bought this book because the awesome cover haha. I think I like the US covers best! 1 a little more than 2, both are great haha.

Jess@Fairday's Blog

I remember seeing this book around and think it is on my TBR list. The cover I remember is US1- which I think is my favorite. It was very close with US2 for me. But Overall, I think the glowing on the first cover gives it a little more appeal. I hope you enjoy the book! I look forward to hearing your thoughts. 🙂

Kristen @ Metaphors and Moonlight

I went with US-1. I don’t like that the last one doesn’t stick to the same gold/metallic theme the way the others do! But I have no idea if that actually has to do with the book or not lol.

Laura Thomas

The US 1 is my favorite. Even if the title is a bit obscured. I like the tone of it.

Mary Kirkland

I like the US1 version but I really like the German version too.

Tanya @ Girl Plus Books

I’m not a fan of the Swedish cover but all the others are pretty cool. I’m most partial to the US-1 cover, though, since it’s the one I’m most familiar with.

Kristin (Book Sniffers Anonymous)

I’m a fan to all but the German one. I have seen this book floating around but had no idea what it was about. It sounds like a great read.

Grace @ Rebel Mommy Book Blog

I actually really like the US1 version. I hadn’t realized they released a second US version.

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