A Sky Beyond the Storm by Sabaa Tahir killed me like it killed its characters | book review

This review is spoiler-free!

“You are broken. But it is broken things that are the sharpest. The deadliest. It is broken things that are the most unexpected, and the most underestimated”

– Sabaa Tahir, A Sky Beyond the Storm

Title: A Sky Beyond the Storm
Series: An Ember in the Ashes, #4
Author: Sabaa Tahir
Publisher: Razorbill
Published: Dec. 1, 2020
Category: young adult
Genre: fantasy
Pages: 516
My Rating: ★★★★★
Goodreads page

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The long-imprisoned jinn are on the attack, wreaking bloody havoc in villages and cities alike. But for the Nightbringer, vengeance on his human foes is just the beginning.

By his side, Commandant Keris Veturia declares herself Empress and calls for the heads of any and all who defy her rule. At the top of the list? The Blood Shrike and her remaining family.

Laia of Serra, now allied with the Blood Shrike, struggles to recover from the loss of the two people most important to her. Determined to stop the approaching apocalypse, she throws herself into the destruction of the Nightbringer. In the process, she awakens an ancient power that could lead her to victory—or to an unimaginable doom.

And deep in the Waiting Place, the Soul Catcher seeks only to forget the life—and love—he left behind. Yet doing so means ignoring the trail of murder left by the Nightbringer and his jinn. To uphold his oath and protect the human world from the supernatural, the Soul Catcher must look beyond the borders of his own land. He must take on a mission that could save—or destroy—all that he knows.

[ This synopsis was taken directly from Goodreads. ]

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This series… I have no words for it. It was so well-written, the world is so rich in magic and life, and the characters feel real. They have the grit, vulnerability, and fight that is uniquely human. Because of that, I can’t help but fall in love with all of them, and it makes the character deaths feel all the more real.

Speaking of character deaths, there was one minor character that I prayed to the literary gods would not be killed and… my prayers were not answered. I was devastated, because I really wanted this particular character to live to the end. There is so much death in this series (and especially in this book) that I tried not to stay too attached to the characters while reading.

As always with this series, this book was very unpredictable. One moment you think the protagonists are winning, and then the next you realize they’re severely outmatched. I wrote down my predictions of what was going to happen, and I was VERY wrong. I like that about Sabaa Tahir’s writing. She doesn’t follow the typical plot of YA fantasy books, and she’s not afraid of making her characters sweat (or bleed) a bit.

sweating - Gateway
^^ all the characters thinking about what Sabaa Tahir has in store for them

Man, oh man. I’m so sad to say goodbye to this series. There is something about Sabaa Tahir’s writing that fully immerses you into the world and story, and I can’t get enough. Over the course of these four books, I’ve grown to love the characters, and I didn’t want to let them go. There was sort of a bittersweetness to the ending. I hope we get to see more of the gang (or what’s left of them) in some short stories or something.


✅ amazing world building and plot
✅ you care/empathize with all the characters, even the “evil” ones
✅ unpredictable, like always

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I give A Sky Beyond the Storm 5 stars!

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Stay awkward and amazing!

4 thoughts on “A Sky Beyond the Storm by Sabaa Tahir killed me like it killed its characters | book review

  1. Nehal Jain 07/27/2021 / 1:32 pm

    I’m still in the middle of this book and I’m bored out of my mind 😂. Glad to know you’re enjoying it tho, I hope it gets better for me too!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Mary Drover 08/02/2021 / 8:37 am

    This has been sitting on my TBR cart since it released, and I just don’t know how to make myself pick it up! I’m so scared!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Jessica @ The Awkward Book Blogger 08/02/2021 / 6:42 pm

      It’s so good! Personally, I thought it was a great conclusion to a great series. I totally understand how you feel, though! Sabaa Tahir isn’t known to be nice to her characters XD

      Liked by 1 person

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