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 by Sabaa Tahir
Author: Sabaa Tahir
Publishing Date: August 30th, 2016
“So long as you fight the darkness, you stand in the light.”
I can’t explain how much I am loving this series. This book was as amazing as the first one. Sabaa Tahir again surprised me with her writing skills and storytelling. The way she made this fantasy unique, how it isn’t filled with cliches, how every character development is strong and perfect.
“Failure doesn’t define you. It’s what you do after you fail that determines whether you are a leader or a waste of perfectly good air.”
I love that moral is as important as anything in this book. I loved that parents are always there for their children even if it is a fantasy even if children are 19-20. They didn’t abandon them, parents are not filler…THEY ARE PARENTS…and they’ll always support their children. I love that every character has as a family and we know about them, which makes them more real.
“Fools pay attention to words in a fight. Warriors take advantage of them.”
I loved that everyone is so strong head and willing to do what they want, in the process, they make mistakes, lose the loved ones but still, they act like a human, not some heartless assassin. They realize things, are guilty on mistakes but rather than dwelling on those they move on they try to move ahead in life.
In short, I love everything about this series. This book is showing a completely different Love, a love which made you let go of things rather than clinging to them.
“True suffering lies in the expectation of pain as much as in the pain itself.”
P.S. It is the first book my husband gifted me, so It’ll always be close to my heart.