A Torch Against the Night is the sequel to An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir. The story picks up with Elias and Laia as they race to escape the Martial soldiers and the Commandant’s iron fist. Both new and old enemies are at their every turn.
In the Empire, Helene faces the struggles of her new position as Blood Shrike. Bound to Emperor Marcus, Hel is forced to hunt her closest friend, Elias. Facing threats from inside the Empire as well as those in her own circle, she is left with only one choice, and it haunts her.
All three of our main characters face bitter betrayal, heartbreak, and pain, but the light stays on thanks to new allies and their own strength of spirit.
My rating: 7/10
I actually really enjoyed this book. It took me a while to finish it because Sarah J. Maas blessed me with ACOWAR and I read that about 20,000 times in between. Still, I loved seeing the character development as the story went on. Laia became much stronger on her own and as a leader, Elias is beginning to learn that he can still be more than the terrible things he did in his past, and, most heartbreaking, Hel is on route to being the Blood Shrike the Empire desperately needs, even though the road there was paved with her own loss.
- Something was always off for me about Keenan. Yeah, he’s definitely a scumbag. Regardless of the big reveal we get about his character, the way he tries to dominate and save Laia just ruins him for me.
- IZZI 😦
- DON’T MESS WITH MAMIE RILA
WHAT NEEDS TO HAPPEN IN BOOK 3
- Cook’s character has left all kinds of WTF’s in my mind, but I’m pumped to learn more about her.
- Going off that, we have to get more on Laia’s power in the next book. She’s definitely more than meets the eye.
- (chants) Empress Hel, Empress Hel. Also more about her healing powers.
- Save Mamie
- Elias + Laia
- What’s up with Soul Catcher Elias?
The next book on my list is American Gods by Neil Gaiman.
Jesus replied, “What is impossible with man is possible with God. Luke 18:27