REVIEW : A Torch Against the Night


TITLE: A Torch Against the Night
AUTHOR: Sabaa Tahir
SERIES: An Ember in the Ashes
GENRES: Fantasy, Young Adult
FORMAT: Hardcover
PAGES: 452
PUBLISHED: August 30th 2016
PUBLISHER: Razorbill

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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 of 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.


She chuckles again. “Because sane plans never work, girl,” she says. “Only the mad ones do.”

Wow. Okay, so… wow! A Torch Against the Night is even better than An Ember in the Ashes, if that’s possible. If only it was possible for me, I would have sat down and read this in one sitting. It was so damn hard to put the book down and not know when exactly I had time to get back to it.
This book is so action packed and fast paced and everything you could hope from a fantasy book! It has different creatures, chase, fights, imprisonment, attempt to break out, everything.

The plot is pretty simple, there’s no major twists or anything. But it’s compelling! It catches you in from the very first pages while Laia and Elias are trying to escape from the Empire. And from there on their journey is not easy and definitely not safe. They encounter many dangers and betrayals but it’s never clear that they’ll survive. It keeps you on the edge of your seat, biting your fingernails and hoping for the best.

While on their way to attempt to save Laia’s brother, we are introduced to some new characters. There’s also many deaths for the cause. And there’s one particular death that really got me in the verge of tears!
I really liked seeing how Elias and Laia, especially Laia, developed during this book. At the end of the book, they were both so different from what they were before, grown up and all. Helene also had to go through some very hard decisions and times. She was not let out easy even though she is the Blood Shrike now.
I didn’t much care about Helene in the previous book and still don’t. I don’t know. There’s something in her that keeps me from liking her, I just can’t put my finger on it. But I did feel sorry for her of everything she was put through. She might have even had the hardest road in this book out of the three.

All in all I loved this book! And that ending?!?! Oh my gosh!! You can’t end the book like that Sabaa! I needed more of them, I need the next book like yesterday!



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