Review: A Torch Against The Night

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

Title: A Torch Against The Night
Author: Sabaa Tahir
Publication Date: August 29th 2017
Genre: Fantasy
Format: Audiobook
Rating: ★★★★


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

I really enjoyed this book and I think that this series is quickly becoming one of my favorites. I’m really enjoying the characters as well as the story. If you want to read my review of the first book you can find it here.


There are three different POVs in this book whereas the first book only had two. I really enjoyed the multiple perspectives. I want to talk about Helene first. She is the love of my life and I only want the best for her. I don’t think that’s going to happen though. Throughout the course of the book she was faced with so many difficult decisions and each one ate at her. She goes through so much in this book and I can’t wait to see how she makes those who crossed her pay in the next book.

Next is Laia, she is also amazing. She is definitely one of the strongest characters in the book. She has such a good arc in this book as she goes about discovering exactly who she is and what it is she can do. I can’t wait for her to develop even more in the next book and to find out more about her powers.

Lastly, there’s Elias who is too sweet and too pure for the harsh world that he lives in. I really liked how he had to face himself and what he had done in this book. He’s another character who I want a happy ending for but with the way this book ended I don’t know if that’s possible. I’m excited to see what happens to his character in the next book.


Tahir’s writing is amazing. I love how she reveals things bit by bit and when you’re least expecting it. I really enjoy her dialogue as well. Every word she writes carries an emotion even if you’re not aware of it. When I grow up I want to be Sabaa Tahir. I’ll also settle for being her friend.

I was shook by everything that was happening. My mouth was open constantly throughout this book. The story is so captivating and the characters are so complex that I can’t help but be drawn into the world. Every time I thought I had figured something out, Tahir flipped it and introduced something I never saw coming. I can’t wait to see what happens in the rest of this beautiful series.

Overall Thoughts

This series is quickly becoming an all time favorite of mine. I have no idea why I didn’t read it sooner. I’m going to hold off on reading the third book until the release date of the final book is announced. I need to pace myself so I don’t get depressed after finishing the third book and having to wait an eternity for the last book.

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