Title: A Torch Against the Night
Author: Sabaa Tahir
Sequel to: An Ember in the Ashes
Date Started: December 15
Date Finished: December 16
Format: Hardcover from local library
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.
Raise your hand if you have been personally victimized by A Torch Against the Night. *raises hand* When I started this book and made my way through the first hundred pages this book was like pretty much any sequel to a beloved first book. Sometimes it lagged and sometimes the twists that were thrown in were predictable. But then…then things got interesting when Keenan entered the scene with Izzi in tow. I’ll be honest, I’ve never really liked Keenan. There was always something about him that bugged me, and when Elias runs off to get to Kauf before the group to save Darin, I was a little annoyed that Laia leaned on Keenan so much to get her through. Especially after…well…*spoiler* Izzi’s death, I desperately wanted something to happen to him. But it didn’t. In fact, the opposite happened.
Then there was Elias, who before the book really got going, was handed a death sentence. It was heartbreaking to watch him struggle so much with keeping his promise to Laia about her brother. The prison was even harder to watch really. In fact, I’m still not sure I one hundred percent understand what happened at the end with Elias. I guess we’ll find out in the next book. As for Helene, man. I really feel for her. She’s working for an Emperor who she can’t stand, who’s threatening her using her family and she has to hunt her friend/guy she’s been in love with for years. Her narrative of the story broke my heart with every page. I really want to know what happens with her in the next book.
Final Rating: 4 out of 5 stars. So I’m not really sure if I’ve ever seen a love triangle (square?) resolved in that way. That bad feeling I’ve had about Keenan proved to be right. Now we have to see how everything else plays out.
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