Title: A Torch Against the Night
Author: Sabaa Tahir
Series: An Ember in the Ashes #2
Audience: Young Adult
Narrators: Fiona Hardingham, Steve West, Katherine Lee McEwan
Length: ~15 hours (452 pages)
Publisher: Razorbill; Penguin Random House Audio
Release Date: August 30, 2016
Source: Library (Libby)
Review: An Ember in the Ashes
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.
I LOVE this rich fantasy world! But why does Sabaa Tahir treat her characters like this?? I thought book 1 was heartbreaking, but this was next level.
I love how every character is deep and complicated. Laia and Elias each undergo individual journeys that develop the magic system in this series and send them down new and unexpected paths. I enjoyed the addition of Helene as a POV character. I just want to give them all a hug and see them get a happy ending, but I don’t think this is that kind of series!
This book featured some incredible, jaw-dropping twists, turns, and shocking betrayals. I am so invested in this series and I can’t wait to read the next one!