Both the author and this series itself surprised me! The overall mood of the series is very dark and violent, which is not usually what I like to read. However, Sabaa Tahir has a one-of-a-kind gift as a storyteller and I can't get enough of her writing! Her quick world-building allows you to be fully immersed in the plot and characters. This also happens to be one of the few series I've read where I cannot even begin to guess how it will end. Just when you think it can't get any worse...unforeseen tragedy strikes. I can't wait to see how Tahir wraps things up in book 4. Series order: 1)An Ember in the Ashes. 2)A Torch Against the Night. 3)A Reaper at the Gates.