An Ember in the Ashes is a really dark book, and it was a lot of battle scenes and fighting, so finding songs with lyrics to fit was difficult. Most of our inspiration came from Lord of the Rings, so that is where a lot of the songs we choose came from. One of the songs that really stood out to me was “The Eye of Sauron,” representing Blackcliff Academy. The song is so dark and epic sounding, and that really sums up Blackcliff. Whenever we were picking songs with lyrics, we usually went with songs with a lot of emotion and pain. This book is very emotional at times, so songs like “The Call,” and “What About Angels,” really fit the story well.
The things I loved about the book were the secondary characters like Helene and Keenan. I honestly felt like they were more well-rounded and real than the main characters and I loved whenever they were in a scene. I also liked the setting of the story. Blackcliff was really awesome, and the Empire as a whole was just a really interesting world to read a story in. I really liked our soundtrack because we all worked on it together and agreed on all the songs. I also feel like since a lot of them came from movies, they actually could be in a movie adaptation of this book. As for things I didn’t like about this book, I wasn’t a fan of the romance at all, which is why we chose not to focus anything in our soundtrack on it. I also didn’t like the magic element of the story, I feel like it was a really random addition to the story and I sort of wish the entire fantasy element of this story was removed because I really just liked the Spartan-like aspect of it. The thing that made me sad about this book is that I didn’t end up liking it as much as I thought I would. I was pretty much angry the entire book because the romance was so forced and annoying to me. That being said, the ending of the story was intriguing enough to where I would consider reading the sequels and I am glad that I read it because it is something I’ve been wanting to read for a while.