on August 30, 2016
Also by this author: An Ember in the Ashes
Series: An Ember in the Ashes #2
Also in this series: An Ember in the Ashes
Narrator: Katharine McEwan, Steve West, Fiona Hardingham
Length: 15 hrs and 9 mins
Reading Challenges: 2017 Diverse Reads Book Challenge, 2017 Flights of Fantasy Challenge
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.
When I start a sequel to a book I absolutely loved I always have a tiny bit of dread. There’s so many what ifs. What if it doesn’t live up to the first book? What if things take a weird turn? What if it just flat out sucks? I’ve had those things happen before. I loved An Ember in the Ashes so much. It caused quite a bit of sequel anxiety in me. I shouldn’t have worried. A Torch Against the Night was just as incredible as the first book.
This book picks up right after Ember’s ending. The action is present from page one. So is the intensity. I was swept right back into the story without a moment’s hesitation.
One of the biggest differences with A Torch Against the Night was the addition of Helene’s POV. I didn’t care much for her in An Ember in the Ashes. I disliked her even more in this book, but somehow that didn’t detract from the story for me. I still found her chapters to be fascinating. Helene is supposed to be this intelligent, strong, and capable woman. She was bestowed a very high position because of those things. She seemed to do a lot of dumb things for someone so smart, in my opinion. I have a feeling her character is about to have some major growth though. I’m interested in seeing where her story line goes.
Elias and Laia were just as wonderful and captivating as before. Both characters continued to grow and evolve in this book. I loved watching Laia discover new things about herself and become braver and more confident. I still want to give Elias a hug (and maybe a kiss). He was still so broken throughout most of this book, but I cannot wait to see what happens with him in the next book.
There’s a bit more romance in this one, but I don’t want to comment on it too much for fear of spoilers. Just know that I love Elias.
I think the most memorable thing about A Torch Against the Night is the twists and turns! There were a couple of things I didn’t see coming at all. One broke my heart and I did have an inkling of another thing, but it still surprised me when it was revealed.
Another thing I loved about A Torch Against the Night was that there’s more magic! I was really intrigued by the magic in Ember, so I was thrilled to see that developed more.
Overall, A Torch Against the Night was an extraordinary sequel. I loved it just as much as the first book. Sabaa Tahir has a life long fan in me now. Book 3 can’t get here fast enough!