Hello Fellow Readers,

I hope you had a lovely Christmas.

I will keep this intro short today, and I will jump straight into talk about YA series terminating this month:

An Ember in the Ashes Quartet- Sabaa Tahir

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 can’t believe we are at the end of Laia and Elias’s journey. Let me tell you first, if you haven’t read this series, you are missing out big time. I have personally not read the last book and I have decided to wait until February, when I get the FairyLoot edition of the quartet. So far I have read various mixed reviews and I am trying hard to avoid spoilers lol. A Sky Beyond the Storm, the last book of this series, is out on 1 December – sigh.

Sentinels of the Galaxy Trilogy – Maria V. Snyder

Terra Cotta Warriors have been discovered on other planets in the Milky Way Galaxy. And Lyra Daniels’ parents are the archaeological Experts (yes with a capital E) on the Warriors and have dragged her to the various planets to study them despite the time dilation causing havoc with her social life.

When one of the many Warrior planets goes silent, and looters attack her research base, Lyra becomes involved in discovering why the Warriors were placed on these planets. And, more importantly, by who. 

How have I never heard about this trilogy?? Terra Cotta warriors in another planet?? From the writer of Poison Study series, the last book of this intriguing sci-fi trilogy – Defending the Galaxy – is out on 2 December.

These are the last couple of series ending this year.

Which series are you looking forward to (or not?) for the ending in 2021?