Release Date: August 29th 2017
Series: An Ember in the Ashes #2
Genres: Fantasy, General, Politics & Government, Romance, Young Adult Fiction
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.
“True suffering lies in the expectation of pain
as much as in the pain itself.”
Picks up right where the first book left off
Thankfully, A TORCH AGAINST THE NIGHT starts off right where AN EMBER IN THE ASHES ended. For people who have a really bad memory, like yours truly, this is a blessing. It doesn’t take long to settle back into the world and remember the characters and what they want to accomplish.
There is a lot of traveling
Books where the main characters are traveling for the majority of the story are hard to pull off. You can only have so much happening and the day to day traveling life gets stale after awhile, especially in a book this size. Because of this, I found the pacing to be pretty slow in the middle of the book.
Pretty good twists
Towards the end of the book, things really pick up and it was epic. There were multiple twists, and some I didn’t predict at all. I do have to give props to this book for going places I never would have expected, and I can’t wait to see how things develop even further and come together for the next book.
Laia loses some of her punch
Where I thought Elias really shone, Laia fizzled out. Elias was still the strong and fearless person he was from the first book, but I thought Laia became weaker and more dependent. Which leads me to my next problem – she doesn’t make the smartest decisions. I really thought she deviated from the character she was before.
Tahir isn’t afraid to be cruel
One of my favorite things about this series is that there are instances of “Oh, the author wouldn’t do that, it would be crazy,” and then she totally does. It’s not just the threat of something deliciously evil, it’s that it actually could – and sometimes does – happen, which changes the tone of the entire series.
“The rest is just wishes and hope, the most fragile of things.”