A Torch Against the Night

A Torch Against the Night

eBook - 2016
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"Elias and Laia are running for their lives. Following the events of the Fourth Trial, an army led by Masks hunts the two fugitives as they escape the city of Serra and journey across the vast lands of the Martial Empire. Laia is determined to break into Kaufthe Empire's most secure and dangerous prisonand save her brother, whose knowledge of Serric steel is the key to the Scholars' future. And Elias is determined to stay by Laia's side...even if it means giving up his own chance at freedom. But Elias and Laia will have to fight every step of the way if they're going to outsmart their enemies: the bloodthirsty Emperor Marcus, the merciless Commandant, the sadistic Warden of Kauf, and, most heartbreaking of all, HeleneElias's former friend and the Empire's newest Blood Shrike. Helene's mission is horrifying, unwanted, and clear: find the traitor Elias Veturius and the Scholar slave who helped him escape...and kill them both." --Publisher's description.
Publisher: [New York] : Razorbill, 2016
ISBN: 9781101998892
110199889X
Branch Call Number: FICTION Tah
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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PimaLib_ChristineR Sep 14, 2017

If possible even better than the first. Laia grows so much as a character. Although the book is told in three voices, it is, in the end, her story. Both Elias and Helene must deal with choices, betrayals, and the outcomes, but they have been trained from a young age to deal with these things. Although terrible things happen, they seem to fall back on their training to push through. Laia is the one who has to grow into her potential, and she does so amazingly. A beautifully written novel about loyalty in its many forms and how loyalty can turn to ugliness. I also have to add that this story had a twist that I totally did not see coming but that was not dropped on us without warning. Well played, Tahir. Well played...

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Squid_1
Aug 17, 2017

Can't wait for book 3! It is scheduled to come out April 2018.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Aug 09, 2017

What a roller-coaster of excitement and suspense! I really adore Laia and I love how her relationship with Elias isn't forced at all. Her development across this second book is just as great as the first one, although I have to say the first one was a bit more interesting to read. The plot gets a bit more sinister as several things happen right from the start, and readers are left shocked at what the author has planned. The back and forth between narratives play on a bigger picture of deception in the nation, orchestrated by an unknown. I would recommend this for readers over 14 years of age for content and enjoyment.
- @Siri of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

Chapel_Hill_JessicaO Jul 23, 2017

A Torch Against the Night is the long-awaited second installment in author Sabaa Tahir’s An Ember in the Ashes series. After devouring both books in less than two weeks, it is safe to admit this is a strong recommendation from me.

The Ember in the Ashes series is definitely the next big YA hype train you should jump on. The series follows the story of Laia, a young woman who lives in the Martial Empire (Picture Ancient Rome). This oppressive and brutal regime enslaves many people, stifles dissent and is generally all-around terrible. While the first book can be dark and oppressive, it is the characters that bring forth the hope in the story. Torch Against the Night basically picks up right where Ember left off.

The Ember series is written in that alternating character point-of-view format that you probably already either love or hate if you’re a regular reader of YA fiction. In this follow-up, we get three alternating points of view from Laia, Elias and Helene, broken up into four sections. The short chapters and constant switch between perspectives help readers better understand the inner-workings of each character. And Elias’ best friend and fellow Empire soldier Helene Aquilla is finally given her own voice in Torch...no shocker that she is fascinating!

All in All I thought this was a very successful sequel. Tahir managed to surprise me at several turns in the book. I have so many questions that I’m hoping the next two books will answer and not disappoint.

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mightyminnie
Jun 28, 2017

Very much enjoyed this book. Laia grows so much in this book!

JCLChrisK May 18, 2017

A sequel worthy of its predecessor. Continues and expands the ongoing story, increasing the stakes and costs. Elaborate and gripping. Top notch.

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happycanuck
Feb 24, 2017

Found the ending a bit confusing but, in general, it was another great read with unique twists and turns.

AL_KELSEY Feb 14, 2017

As far as sequels go, this was very well done. Not only did Tahir build on her already incredible characters, but she introduces a few new people, as well as building the dark force taking over. Laia is a wonderful character--and while she makes very obvious mistakes, she is still growing and Tahir makes it clear she is still building her character. I can't wait to see what's in store for her next!

kirstd31 Nov 21, 2016

This book is better than the first. Helen is my favorite character. How can she protect her friends and family and still do her job? A story full of adventure and twists and turns. I can't wait to read the next book in the series.

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shayshortt
Oct 18, 2016

A Torch Against the Night picks up right from where An Ember in the Ashes left off, with Elias and Laia trying to flee Blackcliff in the aftermath of the Trials. There is no second-book lag here, but an immediate plunge into a high-stakes mission. The action is fast-paced, and I raced through the entire volume in twenty-four hours. Sabaa Tahir puts an additional clock on the action when Elias is poisoned, giving further urgency to their journey. Scholar rebel Keenan and escaped slave Izzi rejoin the action, forming an uneasy alliance as the group disagrees about how best to effect Darin’s rescue from the supposedly impenetrable Kauf. Keenan remains a somewhat uninspiring rival for Laia’s affections, but Izzi’s return was welcome, even if Tahir does not put her to particularly good use.
Full review: https://shayshortt.com/2016/10/18/a-torch-against-the-night/

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shayshortt
Oct 18, 2016

The Trials are over, and Marcus has been crowned the new Emperor of the Martials, with Helene Aquilla sworn to serve as his Blood Shrike despite her reservations. Elias and Laia flee the capital on a mission to free her brother, Darin, who is being held in Kauf prison. With the knowledge of how to forge Serric steel, he has the potential to change the course of the Scholar rebellion. They must figure out how to outwit Kauf’s sadistic Warden to free Darin, assuming he is still alive. But first they will need traverse half the Empire to get to him, and Helene Aquilla is on their heels. Now sworn as Blood Shrike, and with her family as hostages, she is charged with killing the traitor Elias Veturius in order to secure Marcus’ rule.

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blue_bear_704
Dec 05, 2016

Sexual Content: Way more than the first book. If this was a movie it would be rated R!

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shayshortt
Oct 18, 2016

Failure doesn’t define you. It’s what you do after you fail that determines whether you are a leader or a waste of perfectly good air.

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