Title: A Torch Against the Night
Author: Sabaa Tahir
Series Status: 2nd novel in An Ember in the Ashes series
Page Count: 452
Rating: 4/5 stars Synopsis: 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.
Review: This was a fantastic book. There aren’t really a lot of things that need to be said about this.
I was expecting something fantastic out of this. The first book in this series gripped me and had me sucked in the entire time, but with this one, it just wasn’t as interesting to me. I really think it was the addition of Helene’s point of view. It was very difficult for me to read through her perspective, and I am not sure why. I never liked her that much to begin with.
I liked the addition of the Soul Catcher, Shaeva, and her story and how it intertwined all together. I wish there would have been more about her in this, even though she was included a lot.
Don’t get me wrong, this was a very good book, but there was nothing dazzling about it, I felt like there was in the first. Nonetheless, I enjoyed reading it and plan on reading the rest of the series.
Overall, this was an entertaining book that I enjoyed reading.
I give this novel 4/5 stars and would recommend it to fans of high fantasy.
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