I’ve read some really amazing books in the past month, and at the top of that list (along with “Empire of Storms”) is “A Torch Against the Night” by Sabaa Tahir! When I first received the epic ARC package back in May, I knew I was getting something special. Much to my surprise, the letter included with the ARC proclaimed that Torch was even better than “An Ember in the Ashes”. How is that even possible, I thought to myself. I mean it’s the second book of a series and we all know what that usually means. I was pretty adamant about the fact that there was NO way it would be better than Ember. But then…I read the book and I’m here to say that, YES, it IS better than Ember…
Which is kind of a big deal, because I absolutely LOVED Ember (ou can check out my review to see just how much) and Torch just takes this epic story to a whole new level. If you loved Ember you are going to be completely and totally obsessed with Torch, I promise. Just to give you a little taste of what you’re in for, here’s the mood board I created as a feeble attempt to show you all just how epic this book is.
See! So much epicness in this book! Danger, intrigue, romance and much more await you “A Torch Against the Night”. I loved this book, so, SOOOO much and here are two big reasons why…
One thing I’m sure of without a doubt is that Sabaa Tahir is a master at character development. It was so clear from the first book that she has a passion for telling the stories of Laia, Elias and Helene, as well as making sure their voices are heard. I’ve rarely encountered a group of characters whose motivations and desires are so well outlined and understood. In this series, Tahir has created complicated characters facing impossible odds and making impossible choices and my feels are on overdrive for them.
A perfect example of Tahir’s dedication to her characters is the addition of Helene’s POV in Torch. I was fortunate enough to attend a book signing last week with Sabaa and she explained that it became pretty clear to her that Helene had a voice that needed to be heard and a story begging to be told. The fact that she recognized this and ended up writing a compelling and heart-rending POV from Helene is further proof that this series is destined for greatness.
Epic Plot Twists
You know I can’t get into too much detail when talking about how amazing the plot twists are in this book. There were several moments when my jaw dropped and I was literally stunned. But there is ONE moment in particular that absolutely blew me away. I did NOT see it coming at all and am now convinced that Sabaa Tahir is an evil genius who feeds on not only her readers tears but fears as well!
I can’t tell you how excited I am that we get TWO MORE BOOKS in this series! It’s quickly become one of my all-time favorites and I have a feeling it will become (if it hasn’t already) an ultimate favorite for so many! If you haven’t started this series yet, then stop everything you’re doing and go to the library, bookstore or online seller and grab yourself some copies! Oh, and by the way, the series is also currently in the works to be made into a movie which is SO exciting!
“A Torch Against the Night” is a continuation of an already epic series. Everything you came to know and love from EMber is all there and taken to a whole new level. The Drama is on overdrive and the stakes are high, so prepare yourself for the next chapter.
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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 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.