Book Review: A Torch Against the Night – Sabaa Tahir

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Title: A Torch Against the Night (2016)
Series: An Ember in the Ashes – Book 2
Author: Sabaa Tahir
Publisher: Harper Voyager
Genre: Young Adult, Dystopian Fiction
Extent: 452 pages
Release Date: August 30, 2016
Rating: ★★★☆☆

Goodreads Description

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.

Review

I’ve been looking forward to this book ever since I finished An Ember in the Ashes, a book that I thought was amazing: fast-paced, action-packed, and equipped with multi-layered characters. In light of that, unfortunately, A Torch Against the Night turned out to be somewhat underwhelming for me.

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Book Looks: A Torch Against the Night – Sabaa Tahir

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Title: A Torch Against the Night (2016)
Series: An Ember in the Ashes – Book 2
Author: Sabaa Tahir
Genre: Young Adult, Dystopian
Description:

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.

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Book Review: An Ember in the Ashes – Sabaa Tahir

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Title: An Ember in the Ashes (2015)
Series: An Ember in the Ashes – Book 1
Author: Sabaa Tahir
Genre: Young Adult, Dystopian Fiction
Extent: 446 pages
Release Date: April 28, 2015
Rating: ★★★★☆

Goodreads Description

Laia is a slave. Elias is a soldier. Neither is free.

Under the Martial Empire, defiance is met with death. Those who do not vow their blood and bodies to the Emperor risk the execution of their loved ones and the destruction of all they hold dear.

It is in this brutal world, inspired by ancient Rome, that Laia lives with her grandparents and older brother. The family ekes out an existence in the Empire’s impoverished backstreets. They do not challenge the Empire. They’ve seen what happens to those who do.

But when Laia’s brother is arrested for treason, Laia is forced to make a decision. In exchange for help from rebels who promise to rescue her brother, she will risk her life to spy for them from within the Empire’s greatest military academy.

There, Laia meets Elias, the school’s finest soldier—and secretly, its most unwilling. Elias wants only to be free of the tyranny he’s being trained to enforce. He and Laia will soon realize that their destinies are intertwined—and that their choices will change the fate of the Empire itself.

Review

I’m always really wary of reading hyped books–my expectations tend to soar, which means that when I do get to these books, they usually end up disappointing me. When I first picked up An Ember in the Ashes, I was worried it’ll be just one of those over-buzzed books. Thankfully, I was soon proven wrong.

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Title: An Ember in the Ashes (2015)
Author: Sabaa Tahir
Genre: Young Adult, Dystopian Fiction
Description:

Laia is a slave. Elias is a soldier. Neither is free.

Under the Martial Empire, defiance is met with death. Those who do not vow their blood and bodies to the Emperor risk the execution of their loved ones and the destruction of all they hold dear.

It is in this brutal world, inspired by ancient Rome, that Laia lives with her grandparents and older brother. The family ekes out an existence in the Empire’s impoverished backstreets. They do not challenge the Empire. They’ve seen what happens to those who do.

But when Laia’s brother is arrested for treason, Laia is forced to make a decision. In exchange for help from rebels who promise to rescue her brother, she will risk her life to spy for them from within the Empire’s greatest military academy.

There, Laia meets Elias, the school’s finest soldier—and secretly, its most unwilling. Elias wants only to be free of the tyranny he’s being trained to enforce. He and Laia will soon realize that their destinies are intertwined—and that their choices will change the fate of the Empire itself.

Read the first lines… 

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