Monday, February 25, 2019

A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir - OPTIONAL

A Torch Against the Night (Ember in the Ashes, #2) by Sabaa Tahir, 452 pages.  Razorbill (Penguin), 2016.  $20.  

Content: Language: R (117 swears); Mature Content: PG-13; Violence: R.  



Elias and Laia have run away from Blackcliffs and plan on rescuing Laia’s brother from prison, but they are being hunted by Elia’s best friend Helene.  Helene has to capture Elias or her family will be killed and although she doesn’t want to bring him in, she has sworn fealty to Emperor Marcus.  Helene is also certain that the commandant is brewing up war and that she is on a fool’s errand chasing Elias.  Behind the actions of both the good and the bad is an other-worldly presence that is threatening to put the whole kingdom into war.  

This series completely pulls me in and this book was even better than the first book.  I love the chemistry between Elias and Laia and the action is non-stop.  My biggest complaint about this book is the brutal, hopeless violence that usually involves torture, making it hard to recommend to young adults.  

Reviewer, C. Peterson

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