u003cbu003eBOOK THREE IN THE u003ciu003eNEW YORK TIMESu003c/iu003e BESTSELLING SERIESu003cbru003e u003cbru003e "Thrilling and hard to put down, readers will absolutely devour Tahir's latest." --BuzzFeedu003cbru003e u003cbru003e An u003ciu003eEntertainment Weeklyu003c/iu003e Summer Reads pick!u003cbru003e u003cbru003e "The perfect summer read." --u003ciu003eThe Washington Postu003c/iu003eu003cbru003e u003cbru003e The highly anticipated third book in #1 u003ciu003eNew York Timesu003c/iu003e bestselling author Sabaa Tahir's EMBER QUARTET.u003c/bu003eu003cbru003e u003cbru003e Beyond the Martial Empire and within it, the threat of war looms ever larger.u003cbru003e u003cbru003e Helene Aquilla, the Blood Shrike, is desperate to protect her sister's life and the lives of everyone in the Empire. But she knows that danger lurks on all sides: Emperor Marcus, haunted by his past, grows increasingly unstable and violent, while Keris Veturia, the ruthless Commandant, capitalizes on the Emperor's volatility to grow her own power--regardless of the carnage she leaves in her path.u003cbru003e u003cbru003e 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 in the hunt to bring him down, Laia faces unexpected threats from those she hoped would help her, and is drawn into a battle she never thought she'd have to fight.u003cbru003e u003cbru003e 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 demands his complete surrender--even if that means abandoning the woman he loves.