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
Branch Call Number: FICTION Tah
Description: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc


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Jul 03, 2019

The first book was quite good and created some interesting ideas. The second book quickly devolves into a twilight-esq love triangle. I gave up after about a quarter of the book...its a shame.

May 25, 2019

I loved the first book, but I put this book down after a couple dozen pages. The unnecessary love triangle, and especially the tired, boring trope of two men fighting over one woman, really got in the way of my enjoyment of the story.

Feb 16, 2019

Good continuation of the series, but not as good as the first one.

Nov 28, 2018

Holy mother of plot twists, Batman. Page 338 was my favorite, I cannot get over the direction this took. All through the end of the book the voices in my head were shrieking, and there was another small twist at the end that I enjoy the direction of. Book 1 didn't excite me, but this one was fantastic and I am really looking forward to Book 3 and seeing where these characters go.

Oct 09, 2018

A book I had a hard time putting down to do other mundane things in my day to day life. This has a perfect balance of action, friendship, love, sacrifice, you name it! I'm usually not a fan of more than two POV's in a book, but I found myself looking forward to reading Helene's journey. It goes to show that not everything is black and white, and that there are many grey areas in life. And while yes, there are many repetitive YA's out there (this being one of them), it really is a great book. Why? My heart pounded in anticipation with every page turn. Not to mention the fact that sequels usually go a little downhill (books and movies alike). They never seem to be able to keep up with their glorious counterpart, and leave us wanting for more (not in a good way either). But this??? Was perfectly plotted. There were no holes. No parts skipped to connect a gap so the book can be wrapped up for an actioned filled ending. What. A. Gem.

Jul 15, 2018

Yes, Sabaa Tahir. This was definitely the book that I have been waiting for. I got so many questions answered from the previous 2 books. Now I am asking the biggest question of them all. Who's side am I on? Tahir is a very good writer. She has me feeling sorry for the antagonist of the story, The Nightbringer. This is a great concept and challenges the reader to think outside of the box. The characters in this series have such strong emotions. I can picture each and every one of them. The Jinn downfall has me questioning my position on who is right. It also causes me to wonder if Laia, Elias or Helena will fall or achieve their destinies. I cannot wait for the fourth book to come out. Which may be another year or two.
The book cover is not as impressive though. She should have stuck with the original design scheme. Also, I noticed others commenting on the size of the book. Yes, this one was much longer. But I felt that it needed to be. The story is rich and complicated. But Tahir knows how to explain away those complications, and sometimes it takes a few more pages to do that.
This was a great read to an already awesome series.

Jun 14, 2018


Just a few of the words I can use to describe this amazing book, which in turn, is part of an even more amazing series. Sabaa Tahir is a goddess of words and she does not disappoint with this novel. Please, do yourself a favor and check it out right now!!

5/5 stars! for thoughtful, well developed characters that grow throughout the story. for an amazing brutal world. for the truth: where there is life there is hope (basically the theme of this story)

Nov 21, 2017

Another good book, I enjoyed it and felt like it was an interesting direction to take the storyline. I may still like the first book better but this one had some cool qualities to it as well, such as plot twists, stress-inducing scenes, and tons of sadness, betrayal and brutality; all expected components after the tone was set in book 1.
I'm not sure where the story is heading but I almost feel like there's a rebellion uprising or something on its way, it will be neat to see what happens to the remaining characters.

Sep 27, 2017

This book was so hard to get through. It was unnecessarily long and very repetitive. It took Elias and Laia FOREVER to get out of Black Cliff, and then they stopped at two other places... they didn't even end up getting to Kauf untili 2/3 through the book, by which point I was almost ready to call it quits. The addition of Helene's point of view only dragged out the story and didn't really add anything new. Also, and I can't stress this enough, it was SO violent. It felt like there was someone dying or suffering on every page turn, to the point where I had to pause the audiobook and turn on some music to get a reprieve. If it wasn't the violence, it was the angst. This ridiculous love shape (not really a triangle because there's more people involved) just dragged on and on with little satisfaction. The book was written well enough, I suppose, but I thought if I heard "ten hells" or "bleeding skies" again, I thought I was going to hurl. The Nightbringer and Soul-Catcher parts were interesting, but brought little satisfaction as Keris and the Warden were so vile they made me almost DNF the book. I might consider continuing this series in the far future, when I've recovered from this one- if only to know what happens to Elias- as he's the only character in the story with any value at all.

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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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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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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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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