Review|| A Torch Against the Night-Sabaa Tahir (An Ember in the ashes #2) // An intense and beautiful sequel which will definitely

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. (Goodreads) 

Publication Date: August 30th, 2016 

Genres: YA, Fantasy 


Untitled design A Torch Against the Night was somehow even better than the first book with an even more interesting plot line. In this book, Helene’s POV also forms a main part of the story and I loved knowing her story.

The Suspense and Story 

This book picks up right where An Ember in the Ashes stops and it sucks you right in from the very first page. The way the plot unfolds and the way the stories of Laia, Elias and Helene intertwines together is just beautiful. The plot was so strong and interesting at every moment. It becomes so hard to keep the book down. 

I also liked how the suspense and tension in this book is so much more than the first book and it keeps you on the edge of your seat. There are some secrets unveiled and some parts which will make you gasp at how well it is written.

The Characters and World Building 

The characters only get better. Their stories and character arc was amazing. I am so in love with these characters. The journeys they go on and the plot twists are all simply fabulous and it leaves you wanting more. The world building was somehow even better than the first book. The heartbreak, the betrayal and the excitement of the book really lives up throughout the book. Everything about this book was great.

Overall, if you haven’t guessed it, I loved this book a lot. This series is just so good and if you haven’t read it yet, I’d suggest you do. This has everything to make this a perfect book and a little more. The characters, the story and the intensity and plot are all top notch and intriguing and it will definitely win your heart. 

You can find the review of the first book, An Ember in the Ashes here.

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15 thoughts on “Review|| A Torch Against the Night-Sabaa Tahir (An Ember in the ashes #2) // An intense and beautiful sequel which will definitely

  1. Oh I really hope this is much more exciting than an ember in the ashes, because I ended up rating that book 3 stars. Instead of the expected 5.

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