A Torch Against the Night (An Ember in the Ashes #2) by Sabaa Tahir ~ #BEA16 Review
Hardcover, 452 pages
publication: August 30th 2016
Source: ARC Provided by Publisher at BEA
Rating: 5 Out of 5 Stars
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.
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Thank you BEA and Penguin Teen for the advance copy of A Torch Against the Night for review. This in no way affected my opinion.
I had very high expectations for A Torch Against the Night since I absolutely loved An Ember in the Ashes. Well Sabaa slayed all expectations I had. This book was amazing from start to finish. It kept building and building and every twist and turn I was dying for more.
I was so happy for Helene POV she is my favorite character. She had so much happen to her in this book and I enjoyed watching the making of her destiny. ""Most people," Cain says , "are nothing but glimmers in the great darkness of time. But you, Helene Aquilla, are no swift-burning spark. You are a torch against the night -- if you dare to let yourself burn."
I definitely was not expecting some major plot twists that happened with Elias and Laia in this book. It is a great talent when an author can immerse you in their vision completely and throw all your miss conceptions away. This is a must read for all my fellow fantasy lovers.
I will leave you now with one last quote and then I hope you all get your own copy and come back and discuss your thoughts! "The field of battle is my temple. The swordpoint is my priest. The dance of death is my prayer. The killing blow is my release."
About the Author:
Sabaa Tahir grew up in California’s Mojave Desert at her family’s 18-room motel. There, she spent her time devouring fantasy novels, raiding her brother’s comic book stash and playing guitar badly. She began writing An Ember in the Ashes while working nights as a newspaper editor. She likes thunderous indie rock, garish socks and all things nerd. Sabaa currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her family.
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