Tuesday, October 18, 2016
A Torch Against the Night Review
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.
This book really made me happy and fefilled my expectations for the sequel of one of my favourite books of last year, An Ember in the Ashes. I am hoping to make my reviews a bit longer so, let's get started in talking about my thoughts.
I am ninety percent sure that Elias gave me about fifty heart failures during the entire book. At the beginning of the novel he was poisoned, and was basically dying. His thought process and everything that was going on with him, was both scaring and very interesting. I am so interested to see how things end up for him in the next book.
Laia was dealing with so much during this book. She was on the run with a dying Elias to go save her brother who may or may not be dead. As well as a friends death and a big reveal, which I will talk about later, I am surprised she didn't like commit mass murder or some crap. I do believe things are going to get more difficult with Elias, and with her brother and everyone's hardships.
Helene was a badass, and I am so happy that we are seeing her point and view, because it shows stuff about her that, we didn't really know about through Elias' and Laia's point of views. I feel so bad for her because of what is going on with her family and now being blackmailed with her younger sister.
The storyline of this book in my view kept me into the story with all of the bullshit and everything that happened that could have went a lot worst than it ended up being. The story was pretty understood seeing the origin of what was happening in Helene's view and what was happening in Laia and Elias' view tends to show the what was happening to him.
The big reveal, so just in case you didn't know, I will not say who the topic is about. But for one I did not expect him to be the one person that seemed not one hundred percent trustworthy, but didn't seem like he was going to be evil. The ending was also something I can't wait to se being picked up in the next book.
The one relationship that I cannot wait to see more developed, is the one between Elias and Laia. If you didn't know, I ship these to with all of my soul. I just need to know how things are going to work out between them and how it is going to get to that point.
5 out of 5 stars