"A Thief Among the Trees" by Sabaa Tahir
An Ember in the Ashes is one of my favorite series of all time. I absolutely love the characters, world, and writing style. When I saw that Tahir was coming out with a prequel graphic novel, I knew I had to have it.
The reader is quickly swept back into the world of the Martial Empire. One of the things I wish we had more of was the training at Blackcliff. This prequel offers a glimpse inside one of the torturous training exercises that Elias and Helene went through when they were younger. It was amazing to see these characters come to life in graphic novel form.
I quickly was reminded why I love these characters so much. Helene was just how I remembered her from the original series. Elias is also the same caring, quiet, and brave character we have seen him become. The only one missing was Laia. Hopefully she will be in the next prequel??
Overall, I highly recommend this for fan of the series!
"Taking place years before the bestselling An Ember in the Ashes novel series, this standalone original graphic novel follows three young military recruits: Elias, Helene, and Tavi, during their brutal training as soldiers for the Martial Empire.
WITHIN THE EMPIRE THERE ARE NO QUESTIONS, ONLY ORDERS.
Elias, Helene and Tavi are Fivers --in training to become elite military recruits for the Martial Empire at Blackcliff Academy. When they’re sent on a dangerous mission to steal a heavily-guarded poison on Isle South, they soon find themselves up against surprising enemies -- including other recruits. As the true horror of their assignment is revealed, these three will begin to confront the harrowing realities of Martial rule, their place in the system . . . and the choices they must make to survive.
New York Times bestselling author Sabaa Tahir joins writer Nicole Andelfinger and artist Sonia Liao for an all-new original graphic novel revealing an early tale of Elias and Helene at Blackcliff, and a stirring standalone chapter in the An Ember in the Ashes mythology."