An Ember in the Ashes, the bestselling series of novels from creator Sabaa Tahir is getting a comic book prequel from Boom! Studios in July 2020. A Thief Among the Trees is the first of three planned graphic novels from writer Nicole Andelfinger and artist Sonia Liao that will explore the pasts of a number of characters.
Author Sabaa Tahir says:
I’ve loved graphic novels and comics since I was a kid thieving The Sandman from my older brother. It’s an absolute joy to use this medium to explore the life-altering events that helped shape Ember characters like Elias and Helene. And working with Nicole Andelfinger, Sonia Liao and the team at BOOM! Studios to bring these characters to life has been an inspiring and joyful collaboration. I’m so excited for readers to discover this new piece of the Ember world.
The series centers on Elias, Helene, and Tavi. They’re Fivers in training to become elite military recruits for the Martial Empire at Blackcliff Academy. A dangerous mission to steal a heavily-guarded poison on Isle South leads them to some surprising enemies including other recruits. The true horror of their assignment is revealed and these three must confront the harsh realities of Martial rule, their place in the system, and the choices the must make to survive.
Writer Nicole Andelfinger added:
Sabaa has created something truly inspiring with her An Ember in the Ashes series. Relevant and thought-provoking, the story is one that continues to stick with me. It was an honor to work on A Thief Among the Trees and to help Sabaa bring this story not only to long time Ember lovers but also introduce this deep and poignant world to new readers as well.
A Thief Among the Trees will be published under Boom! Studios’ Archaia imprint alongside other graphic novels like Mouse Guard, New World, and Jane.
Artist Sonia Liao says:
An Ember in the Ashes has such a rich world and history — truly the best part of any fantasy story! Elias’s, Helene’s and Tavi’s different worldviews give their interactions dimension as they strive for the same goal. The setting may be restricted to a single island, but from the characters and story you can tell there’s a greater world beyond.
A Thief Among the Trees: An Ember in the Ashes graphic novel will be available in July 2020.
Sierra Hahn, Executive Editor, Boom! Studios added:
Sabaa’s vision established in her incredible novels is compelling and addictive reading, and that experience continues in these lush pages scripted by Nicole and illustrated by Sonia. We are honored to explore this rich world and bring these complex characters to life in an exciting way with this graphic novel.