A Torch Against the Night by: Sabaa Tahir (Spoiler free)

I am going to keep this review spoiler free. In the next few days I will be doing a full on spoiler discussion about the book because there is just too much I want to talk about.

Summary: 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.

The Review:

An Ember in the Ashes was one of my favorite books of last year. It got me out of my reading slump, after DNF a lot of books that bored me to tears, and I wanted to know if a sequel was happening especially how the last one ended. This book did not disappoint. This is basically the Catching Fire and Prodigy of book sequels. It was that good.

The story basically picks up where the previous one left off, as Laia and Elias are fugitives trying to escape the Empire. What I loved about this book is that it expanded the world and giving us differ parts of the Empire that Laia and Elias are exploring. It started off pretty action packed with a lot of things going on, what I liked most was Elias’s breaking into prison to free Laia’s brother, wile working with Keenan and Izzi, the rebels from the last book.

Also this book added another POV with Helene, Elias’s friend from the Academy. This is where for book mainly takes place. While she had her fair share of development in An Ember in the Ashes but here is where is character is fully explored. She is tasked to find both Elias and Laia by Emperor Marcus in order to prove her loyalty. In her POV chapter you could feel her conflicting feelings about her assignment and her feelings for Elias.

As what great sequels do, this book also takes a lot of twists and turns with the plot. Like I said I don’t want to spoil anything because if you are a fan of the series you will read it. All I am going to say is that the book is definitely an emotional roller coaster that after you are reading it, you just want to know when the next book is coming out because the way the book ends is basically setting up for the next book.

I also thought the villains were extremely well done and really helped with making the book  a lot darker and deeper.

In the end, A Torch Against the Night is everything I want a sequel to one of my favorite books of last year to be. The book kept me on edge and wanting to know what happens next with every page. It didn’t have any dull moments and is maybe one of the best books I read this year.

Also sorry for me being vague in this review. Later on this week I will be doing a spoiler discussion about the book.

Grade: 5/5

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