September 27, 2016

REVIEW| A Torch Against the Night

A Torch Against the Night (An Ember in the Ashes #2)
Sabaa Tahir


DISCLAIMER: I received this book as an ARC from HarperVoyagerUK in exchange for an honest review.

All views expressed are my own.

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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.


The Cover:


Well for us over here, in the UK, there is. I can here all you OCD book buyers crying your metaphorical river of tears as the steam comes pouring out of your ears. I'm just hoping that they cover doesn't sway and we get a similar format as the UK paperback.

Thank the heavens HarperVoyagerUK sent me an ARC of ATATN otherwise I  would've been reading and reviewing sometime in the summer of next year. 

The Content:

Second-Book-Syndrome is often the case in novels such as this, where there is a MASSIVE fan base and everyone is just really expectant for the greatness of the first novel and so it's incredibly hard to top that. Sabaa Tahir, you, my sweet are a wonder!

A Torch Against the Night starts swiftly after the ending of Ember, Laia and Elias are running through the catacombs trying to escape the Empire. It definitely sets your heart racing. 

Tahir has introduced the POV of Helene in this second novel, which I remember a lot of people feeling sceptical in terms of what she had to bring to the table. I admire Helene, and this was definitely due to the addition of her P.O.V- even if, you didn't like her during An Ember I would get you to give her another shot. Tahir knows the best way to take your heart and make it ache and bleed it out. A slow and steady fangirling mess. 

I remember that one wish that I had with this sequel was that the world would be equally expanded and as it would be fleshed out and it was delivered. I was just intrigued by the multitude of cultures that we were introduced to, that we met only in passing through the first book. Furthermore, this expansion fled into the fantasy sub-genre that this book is slowly growing into. 

These pair of sandals will hopefully fit "him" after book three.

For the whole note:

This Ember has finally caught flames.


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