Series: An Ember in the Ashes #2
Published by Razorbill on August 30th 2016
Source: My Own
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Elias and Laia are running for their lives. After the events of the Fourth Trial, Martial soldiers hunt the two fugitives as they flee the city of Serra and undertake a perilous journey through the heart of the Empire.
Laia is determined to break into Kauf—the Empire’s most secure and dangerous prison—to save her brother, who is the key to the Scholars’ survival. And Elias is determined to help Laia succeed, even if it means giving up his last chance at freedom.
But dark forces, human and otherworldly, work against Laia and Elias. The pair must fight every step of the way to outsmart their enemies: the bloodthirsty Emperor Marcus, the merciless Commandant, the sadistic Warden of Kauf, and, most heartbreaking of all, Helene—Elias’s former friend and the Empire’s newest Blood Shrike.
Bound to Marcus’s will, Helene faces a torturous mission of her own—one that might destroy her: find the traitor Elias Veturius and the Scholar slave who helped him escape…and kill them both.
“A Torch Against the Night” by Sabaa Tahir was so much better than “An Ember in the Ashes.” There is no sophomore slump for Sabaa Tahir. Tahir creates an amazing world for her readers. “A Torch Against the Night” has one of the best worlds in YA right now.
I think Tahir is a great story writer. She brings perfectly paced action scenes and so much tension. I love Tahir’s story. Tahir knows hot to captivate her audience.
“A Torch Against the Night” picks up where we left off in “An Ember in the Ashes,” which makes things nice for the reader. One can easily immerse themselves back into the story without a need for a recap or catch up. Jumping back into Laia, Elias, and Helene’s story was seamless. Elias and Laia are focused on trying to save Darin.
The fighting is brutal. Everyone is fighting dirty and characters worse nightmares are coming true. IF you have your favorites than you are definitely going to stress for their lives. These characters are fighting for their lives and to hold their own. It was extremely hard to put this book down because I needed to know what was going to happen next.
Helen’s perspective! Oh My Goodness!!
I didn’t know how much we needed Helene’s perspective until it was presented to me in “A Torch Against the Night.” I fell in love with Helene’s perspective. She is dealing with so much. In some ways I think Helene got the short straw. Reading her point of view was eye-opening for me. I really got to know Helene’s character. Getting the chance to get to know Helene is totally worth the read. She has many difficult decisions to make and my heart ached for her.
“A Torch Against the Night” is a fabulous read. I really enjoyed getting to visit this world and these characters again. I am looking forward to more.