*This book was sent to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This is no way swayed my opinions.*
**Warning! If you haven’t read An Ember in the Ashes which is the first book in the series by Sabaa Tahir, there will be spoilers ahead. You can watch my review of the first book instead if you haven’t started the series yet!**
A Torch Against the Night is the second book in the An Ember in the Ashes series by Sabaa Tahir. We read the first installment last month for the Spines With Wines book club and the minute I finished reading I could not have been more thankful that I already had an ARC copy of A Torch Against the Night that I picked up at BEA in May. If I’m being completely honest it was a huge struggle not to immediately dive into this one because I didn’t want to accidentally spoil anything in theAn Ember in the Ashes live show (I am the worst liar in the world). This is one series that I can’t believe I waited so long to read because I love it to pieces / sort of wished I had waited longer to read it because WHY AND HOW AM I SUPPOSED TO WAIT ANOTHER YEAR FOR BOOK THREE?!
A Torch Against the Night continues Laia and Elias’s stories and picks up with the pair journeying across the Empire to fulfill Elias’s promise of helping Laia break her brother Darin out of Kauf (without any certainty that he’s still alive) and all of the very many struggles they face along the way. My favorite addition to this installment is Helene’s perspective. Now that Elias and Laia are outside Blackcliff and on the run, we can rely of Helene’s perspective to keep tabs on the Emperor Marcus and Elias’s awful mother, the Commandant. One of the major plot points I was hoping to hit upon more in this book is that concerning the Nightbringer and boy did we ever get some answers there! I loved the continued infusion of fantastical beings such as efrits, wraiths and jinn and the world-building which was largely established in the first book continued to develop further. There’s a lot of build up in the first half of the novel but the overwhelming second half is pure action and adventure. You will actually find yourself incapable of putting this book down or stopping reading for any interruptions. Seriously, clear your schedule. Also get ready to feel ALL kinds of things.
Final Thoughts: I don’t think anyone who read An Ember in the Ashes could possibly need a review to tell them that it’s worth continuing the series but alas I’ll reiterate it anyway. READ THIS BOOK. The characters continue to show growth on their personal journeys and those who’ve already left an impression on your heart will dig themselves in deeper. Villains will push even more limits, characters will be unmade and reborn, and the everything is the highest of stakes. I cannot wait to see how everything plays out in book three and I never thought I would end up loving this series as much as I do.
A Torch Against the Night takes readers into the heart of the Empire as Laia and Elias fight their way north to liberate Laia’s brother from the horrors of Kauf Prison. Hunted by Empire soldiers, manipulated by the Commandant, and haunted by their pasts, Laia and Elias must outfox their enemies and confront the treacherousness of their own hearts.
In the city of Serra, Helene Aquilla finds herself bound to the will of the Empire’s twisted new leader, Marcus. When her loyalty is questioned, Helene finds herself taking on a mission to prove herself—a mission that might destroy her, instead. (via Goodreads)