A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir (Spoiler Talk)

This is a spoiler talk about A Torch Against the Night. As I said in my review for this book, if you haven’t read the book please go to my spoiler free review here.

Be warned the spoilers will be heavy.

There was so much I wanted to talk about in this book.

First, I love how the book just started right away with Laia and Elias on the run and I loved how he went face-to-face with his mother, The Commandant, and boy was she as vicious as she was in the last book. She stabs him in what looks like a flesh wound, but she really poisoned him and it is slowly killing him.

Throughout most of book Elias is going in between the life and death and that would cause his seizure, and even though he is basically dying he is still willing to fight for his life.

The main plot for Laia surrounded trying to break her brother out of prison. She does it with the help of the rebels from the previous book, Keenan and Izzi. While she doesn’t get a lot in terms of development at first, I really did like her plot. Also Izzi’s death was very brutal, as she was one of my favorite characters.

Now let me talk about the Keenan twist. When Keenan was first introduced in the last book, I really thought he would be another Jacob and how his only purpose is to be another boy to fight fro Laia’s affection, and even throughout the book some of their romance kinda warmed me over until you find out Keenan wasn’t Keenan at all he was basically a demon taking a human form. At first I thought it was a cheep twist and than I really thought about it and I thought it was a very clever twist.

This is also where Helene has POV chapters and I loved her chapters. I love how you kinda see her going deeper into into the Empire and getting a little more darker. I like how she works for the Empire to try to protect her family even if her family was mostly against them. When she finds out that the Commandant was trying to take over she tried to tell Emperor Marcus and let’s just say that it doesn’t go well. The consequences resulted in most of family being executed and her only surviving sister is set to marry Marcus. In the end of the book she basically goes full on dark mode. Throughout the book you keep seeing her conflicted in taking out Elias and even almost letting him escape. I really think Helene maybe one of my favorite characters.

I also loved the prison break in, when Elias had to go undercover in the prison to find Darin and he befriends Tas. I loved Elias and Tas friendship throughout those chapters and I liked how he had to protect Tas. There was also a scene during the prison break , where I thought Elias was going die, when you see him in the “in-between” talking to the Shaeva, the Soul Cather and making a deal with her, in order to become her successor, and a new Soul Catcher.

There is my spoiler talk on A Torch Against the Night. I know there was a lot I most likely forgot about, this book just had so much to talk about. Is there anything I missed? What were your favorite moments about the book, or what are your predictions for the next books. Let me know in the comments below.

 

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

Top 5 Wednesday: Books you want to read before the end of the year

For this week’s top 5 Wednesday it is Books I want to read before the end of the year.

I like doing this list because it will mix my favorite upcoming releases and books on my TBR list.

Top 5 Wednesday is a group in Goodreads and was formerly created by Lainey at gingerreadslainey and is now done by Sam from Thoughts on Tomes. It is open to everyone.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Yes. As a Harry Potter fan of course I am going to read this. I will still read even though I have been slacking. I also want to read the what is hopefully the start of the Harry Potter expanded universe.

The Midnight Star by: Marie Lu

After ready the previous two books this year and loving them. As a fan of her Legend trilogy, I always loved her writing and loved the Legend trilogy and hopefully this book will be a very good conclusion to her already awesome series.

Heartless by Marissa Meyer

As a huge fan of her Lunar Chronicles series, it was only telling that I would be excited about her next book. This is a retelling of Alice in Wonderland with the origin of the Queen of Hearts.

The Girl on the Train by: Paula Hawkins

As what I did with Gone Girl before that movie came out, I want to read the book. The trailer really intrigued me and I want to know happens before seeing the movie.

A Torch Against the Night by: Sabaa Tahir

The sequel of one of my favorite books that I read last year is getting a sequel. With the way the last book ended I want to know what’s gonna happen to the characters.

There’s my list. Which books do you want to read for the year? Let me know in the comments below!

Top 5 Wednesday: Authors I would Love to Meet at BEA/ Book Con

Happy Wednesday everyone, for this weeks top 5 Wednesday it is authors I would love to meet at BEA con. While I can’t go but a man could dream.

Top 5 Wednesday is a group in Goodreads and was formerly created by Lainey at gingerreadslainey and is now done by Sam from Thoughts on Tomes. It is open to everyone

Marissa Meyer author of Lunar Chronicles

As most of you can probably tell I am a fan of the Lunar Chronicles. She did a great job at combining Fairy Tale elements with science fiction and gave us a really great series.

Sabaa Tahir author of An Ember in the Ashes

Sabaa Tahir is one of my new favorite authors. An Ember in the Ashes got me out of my reading slump and become one of my favorite books of the past year.

Suzanne Collins author of The Hunger Games series

The Hunger Games series kicked started or rebooted my love for reading. It was such a great series and got me introduced to other series that I absolutely love.

James Dashner author of The Maze Runner

I know some people have mixed feelings on the Maze Runner but I actually really liked the series. The characters were great and well developed. Also the story surprised me on how good it was.

Micheal DiMartino creator of Avatar: The Last Airbender

I know this is cheating, but he created one of my favorite shows of all time and since he will there why not include him. The show is amazing and I recommend that you give it watch. Stick to show and not the movie that never happened.

There is my list. Let me know what you think and is there any author I should have included.

 

 

 

An Ember in the Ashes: Book Review (with Spoilers)

 

Summary(via Goodreads):

Laia is a slave. Elias is a soldier. Neither is free.

Under the Martial Empire, defiance is met with death. Those who do not vow their blood and bodies to the Emperor risk the execution of their loved ones and the destruction of all they hold dear.

It is in this brutal world, inspired by ancient Rome, that Laia lives with her grandparents and older brother. The family ekes out an existence in the Empire’s impoverished backstreets. They do not challenge the Empire. They’ve seen what happens to those who do.

But when Laia’s brother is arrested for treason, Laia is forced to make a decision. In exchange for help from rebels who promise to rescue her brother, she will risk her life to spy for them from within the Empire’s greatest military academy.

There, Laia meets Elias, the school’s finest soldier—and secretly, its most unwilling. Elias wants only to be free of the tyranny he’s being trained to enforce. He and Laia will soon realize that their destinies are intertwined—and that their choices will change the fate of the Empire itself.


My Thoughts:

First of all, THIS IS NOT A STAND ALONE, just the way it ended it has too many loose ends that needs to tie up, but thank god a sequel was announced and I am excited. This is one of the best books I read this year. I was skeptical at first because the book was very hyped up, and most times when anything is hyped up it usually disappoints, but this was not the case. 


The book does a very good job world building, and giving us a good setting and an idea of the conflict that is going on.  The characters are also very well written and developed. Laia gets pushed into the story by trying to help her brother after a raid kills her grandparents and arrests her brother, and is forced to work as a spy for a rebel group. Elias, wants to escape the Empire, and be free. It reminded me a lot of Legend, which also has two POV protagonists, both on opposite sides of  Empire spectrum. Another favorite character is Izzi, who Laia befriends while working at the Academy, and what is missing from alot of YA books is friendships, while romance is what sells books, friendships develops the characters. Other characters include an Augur named Cain, who is one of my favorite characters , the Commandant and Elias’s mother who I would describe as a crazier version of Queen Cersie from Game of Thrones, Marcus, who is almost a Joffrey like Cadet and Helene, who I like to describe as a mix of Hermione and Annabeth.


The plot is also great as, Elias, and his other school mates are forced in what is basically a Hunger Games version of the Triwizard Tournament, which also further is relationship with Helene another school mate in the Trials, with Laia spying for the rebels. 


Yes, this book kinda has a love triangle, but its not a stupid love triangle or could be a love rhombus, between Laia, Elias, Keenan and Helene, but their characters are actually fully developed so its actually alright.


I know, there is so much more I should cover but honestly just read the book, its a great read, I give the book a 4.8 out of 5.