A Torch Against the Night (An Ember in the Ashes #2)

25558608A Torch Against the Night. Sabaa Tahir. Young Adult/Fantasy. 2016. 452 pages. 4 stars.

So long as you fight the darkness, you stand in the light.


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.


A Torch Against the Night begins right where the previous book ended, which is great because the first book left me with many questions unanswered.

We also get an additional point of view in this book—Helene’s. As the emperor’s Blood Shrike, she was given the task to hunt Elias, and in these scenes we could tell how torn she was between duty and love, which is why I especially enjoyed these chapters.

Elias’ and Laia’s chapters were just as interesting as those in the first book. However, I find that I like the ones in Torch better because of the world building. In Ember, I found that Sabaa Tahir didn’t explore the jinn aspects of the story, but in this book, BOY DID SHE EXPLORE IT. I’m really excited to see what she does with the mythology because I haven’t read many books with jinn.

Just as the first book, the writing was excellent and very easy to read. My only problem with it was that the plot was a little slow at some point. Honestly, I’m fine with that because THAT ENDING. That’s all I’m going to say about it hehehe you should definitely check this book out if you’ve read An Ember in the Ashes!!

This book is a solid 4 stars.

3 Replies to “A Torch Against the Night (An Ember in the Ashes #2)”

  1. Did you read these back to back or after a while? I had a while between my reads and Torch just didn’t capture me, but Ember had me seeing Elias vividly as a character in my day dreams. The characters felt so alive in the first and flat in the second and I can’t decide if that is because I waited so long in between the first book and the second or what.


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