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.
So I got the arc of A Torch Against the Night back in May at Bookcon, and didn’t have the chance to pick it up until a week ago. (I know, everyone thinks I’m crazy for not devouring it right away). Once I got into it, though, it was incredible!!!
There were a lot of things that baffled me when I was reading the book. Let me warn you that you are going to be mind blown (and a little sad but then again happy) about a MAJOR plot twist in one of the characters.
Aside from the characters, the plot was incredibly interesting as they were traveling on the road. We definitely get to see a new side to some of our old friends, so you can definitely look forward to that.
I will not spoil, but when you pick up this book and read it in one sitting on Tuesday, I warn you that there will be a few tears shed.
I was fortunate enough to receive the book early, so I thought that I would gift you all with this review two days before the release:).
Things I really enjoyed:
- Everything made a lot of sense when I was reading it because all of the details were laid out. Sabaa Tahir does a wonderful job with her descriptors, so I was grateful for that.
- The chemistry between all of the characters was magnificent. Every emotion that a character felt was displayed beautifully, so it was really refreshing and emotional to read. (I love a good laugh/cry in a book)
- The kids went on the road for some travel, which is always fun to read. The entire gang that finds themselves together is quite the bunch, so it was funny in a few instances but dramatic in most. (Not that that isn’t a good thing:))
- Getting to hear more from Elias was radical. I always loved his demeanor and character as I read the first novel, so reading more from his perspective was lovely.
The only thing I didn’t like was…
- Having Helene’s point of view in the book. I never really liked Helene because of the role she had in Elias’ life, so I am pretty biased, but I understood that her side of the story was integral in piecing together all of the parts.
If you have been waiting on your knees for this book to come out, I hope I brought you some sort of happiness during this review. I would recommend this to anyone who liked the first story, and maybe even to those who didn’t because the second book in this series may have topped the first in my book…