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A Torch Against the Night

(An Ember in the Ashes #2)

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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
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Hardcover, 452 pages
Published August 30th 2016 by Razorbill
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Emily May
Oct 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016, fantasy, young-adult
I realize I am not staring into his eyes. I am staring into my future.
I see it for a moment. Pain. Suffering. Horror. All that I love, all that matters to me, awash in blood.

Oh my god. I loved it.

Last year, I read and enjoyed an advance copy of an unknown book from a debut author - An Ember in the Ashes. I sped through it, loved it, rated it five stars, and thought that was the end of that. On to the next one. Like most books I rate and review, I expected it to be forgotten in a sea of YA. But
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Renée Ahdieh
May 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
magnificent.

TORCH simply burns, in all the best ways. it's everything you've come to love and expect from the brilliance of Sabaa Tahir, except BETTER. twisty, turny awesomeness abounds on every single page. and you will not want to keep turning them until the tale is over.

the wonderful thing about A TORCH AGAINST THE NIGHT is that--though it never shies away from depicting cold brutality--the nuances of emotion are just as deeply felt. just as passionately rendered. you will yell at your favori
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Christine Riccio
Sep 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
You jump right into things in Torch and I loved it! Here's my full booktalk https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UkQME...
Andreea Pop
“So long as you fight the darkness, you stand in the light.”

A Torch Against the Night is the very glorious sequel I had expected from Sabaa Tahir. But what distinguishes itself from its prequel is the otherworldliness of it. The breath of Death on our characters' necks. The villain(s) that are evil incarnate. The idea of a prescribed destiny. The new abilities and powers. The demons, the stories, the souls -- everything combines with a well-built plot, an expanded universe and realistic, flawe
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karen
Oct 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
congratulations! semifinalist in goodreads' best YA fantasy & science fiction category 2016!

"Force won't work," Harper murmurs. "You need to outwit them. You need secrets."

"Secrets are a snake's way of doing business."

"And snakes survive."


i didn't love this as much as An Ember in the Ashes, but it's a seriously fun book regardless. the problem is that the first one was so strong, it's a tough act to follow. this one is certainly not lacking in action or worldbuilding or interesting character
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Lola
Jan 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is Helene’s book.

Well not quite, but she plays such a grander role than she did in the first book. In fact, she annoyed me to no end in the latter, but in this sequel we learn more about her and are shown different facets of her personality.

The fact that her family is in danger is not a positive thing, but somehow it made Helene look more humane to my eyes. She isn’t the rigid, rule-abider soldier I saw her as before being witness to her softer, vulnerable side anymore.

There’s much running
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Dana Kenedy (Dana and the Books)
This review can also be found on my blog, Dana and the Books.

An Ember in the Ashes was one of my favourite books from the past few years so it's only natural that I counted down the days to the sequel. In fact, I found out my local book shop had it stocked a couple days before the UK release date, so I frantically ran over and recruited the bookseller to help me find it. Poor guy must have thought I was insane - I don't think I even brushed my hair I was so desperate to get my hands on it. Well,
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Hailey (Hailey in Bookland)
Sep 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned, fantasy
I'm really liking where this series is going!
Rose
Jul 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
S A B A A
T A H I R
R U I N E D
M E.


Side effects if reading ATATN: dizziness, fatigue, lightheadedness, clammy skin, cold sweat, P A I N.

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If you’ve read any of my updates, you’d know how terrified I was going into this- that I was expecting the worst.. and now I’m just sorry that I even doubted Sabaa Tahir. Because absolutely every part of this book was brutal, but also perfection.

All the best parts of An Ember in the Ashes were still a part of this story; the complexity of each and every chara
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Dorreh
Apr 13, 2017 rated it it was ok
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Sean Barrs the Bookdragon
Sep 09, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fantasy, y-a, 1-star-reads
To keep up with the times, and not fall into a dark chasm of old school fantasy, nineteenth century literature, Buddhist philosophy and postcolonial theory, I make sure I read one popular Y.A book a year. I mean I’ve got to keep my cool trendy hip image going right? I wouldn’t want you guys to think I’m some kind of reclusive romantic poetry obsessed bookworm who sits around reading books all day then writes about them on a book review website. Cool, I’m glad we’ve cleared that up.

So I did have
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Wendy Darling
Don't hate me, karen.

Excited to be reading this--and PS, Penguin is giving away 10 ARCs of this book here! http://bit.ly/1XseFCc

You can catch a sneak peek of the ARC + Laia's arm cuff on my Instagram, too: https://instagram.com/p/BGIFIxiTiHt. I can't seem to insert images here lately, otherwise I'd post a photo.
Katerina
Dec 10, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, 2018-reads
I’m deeply, truly underwhelmed.

An Ember in the Ashes is one of my favorite YA fantasy debuts; Sabaa Tahir’s world was mesmerizing yet brutal, and it was so easy to lose myself in the bloody story of an Empire inspired by Greek and Roman culture. Sadly, in A Torch Against the Night I didn’t manage to fully grasp that flare of magic I was confident I’d find.


“So long as you fight the darkness, you stand in the light.”

A Torch Against the Night follows Elias and Laia’s quest to free Laia’s br
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Adam Silvera
May 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This sequel is NEXT LEVEL. Elias's journey had an extra dash of supernatural that I loved so much. Laia becomes bolder with every chapter. I had a Laia theory that was 10% right and Sabaa twisted my theory into something far greater. And Helene's POV was such a welcome addition, and I'd easily read an entire book of just her alone. This is one of those rare novels where I'm SO happy in everyone's POV that I'm not impatiently dying to get back to someone's chapter--everyone has their own cliffhan ...more
jessica
Dec 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
is it possible to be simultaneously infuriated AND absolutely enamoured with a book? because im stuck in a constant struggle between wanting to throw this book across the room and clinging onto it for dear life. its making me begin to feel very emotionally unstable.

just to give you an idea, heres a basic summary of my reactions whilst reading this book:

*laia does something*
me: ughhhhh. you stupid, stupid girl. c’mon, get it together - im rooting for you!

*elias does something*
me: noooooo. i c
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Candace
Picking up where 'An Ember in the Ashes' left off, 'A Torch Against the Night' proved to be every bit as suspenseful and action-packed as the first book. Laia and Elias find themselves fighting to survive, as they try and evade the cruelty of the Commandant and the new emperor. There was never a dull moment.

One thing that you should know going into this series is that the author isn't afraid to kill off characters. There were several surprising deaths along the way. Don't be surprised if some of
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Maureen
Aug 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Well I wasn't planning on finishing this book tonight but here we are. This is the only book in a while that has kept me reading past my bedtime because I just needed to FINISH!
I really enjoyed ember when I read it but I think the hype got to me a bit too much and I didn't LOVE it. Not the case with this one. I. LOVE. THIS. BOOK. I was also not 100% on board with it becoming a 4 book series at first (I love duologies! I want more of them!) but after this book I so am. I need more. There is so mu
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Mikee Andrea (ReadWithMikee)
Jul 24, 2015 rated it really liked it


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❝You are a torch against the night — if you dare to let yourself burn.❞

I'm a little undecided on how I feel about A Torch Against the Night. I really liked it but at the same time I wasn't blown away by it...? I guess to put it simply, it was good but nowhere near as good as An Ember in the Ashes. Or maybe I was just expecting too much. I'm not too sure.

I loved some parts and some of the things I wanted to happen DID happen but other parts left me a little
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"But you... are no swift-burning spark. You are a torch against the night – if you dare to let yourself burn."

“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.”

Buddy read with my VK/GR besttie Tania Parvin

*Reread*
Simply AMAZING!!! Everything about 'A Torch Against the Night' was done so masterfully! It has everything that makes a book great and I couldn't love it more. From the plot to
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Sue (Hollywood News Source)

A Torch Against the Night is simply the superior YA Fantasy of the year. Hands down, there's no competition.

An Ember in the Ashes was merely a prelude to the sinister follow up. The story remains about oppression, but unlike the first book this is where readers could vividly see the resistance at first hand. The stakes are higher. There is more gore, and violence.

My heart is very delighted with the intricate political prose, but there are truths in it as well that parallels our past and cont
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Nazeefa
OH MY GOD.
Did I ever think Sabaa Tahir would let me down? Because if any part of me did, swiftly punch it to non-existence. Thanks.

I'm literally on the floor crying yet my heart feels so full.

An Ember in The Ashes lingered on suspense and brutality. The stakes have been high since the beginning. A Torch Against the Night is even more brutal, more heart racing and oh yeah, lots more deaths and twists that really had me worried for my heart.

The pacing is different to that of AEITA because there's
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Kainat 《HUFFLEPUFF & PROUD》
Full review to come. I might change my rating later. I need to process what i just read for a few days.

Another book with my favorite buddy reader: Hayley!!
Better get used to seeing her here. ;)



Simona Bartolotta
*Fellow readers, please, for your own good, go read Kat's, Sarah's, and Nastassya's reviews- I just did it, and I know I will be laughing for hours. Besides, you know I always mention them, and I don't do it only because we discuss the book together: it's because they know what it means to review a book and analyze it with humor and intellectual honesty. I was almost cut out from the world for the past week and the only reason I wanted to leave the wonderful place I'd gone on vacation to was to ...more
Ashley Nuckles
Jun 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I’m so glad I waited until right before the third books drops to read this because OH MY GOD. I’m dead. I can’t. I just—I ASPIRE TO WRITE STORIES AS GOOD AS THIS ONE. SABAA YOU ARE FOREVER MY INSPIRATION!
Helen 2.0
GOT MY COPY *happy dance* (which means I can stop giving ARC owners the evil eye haha... ahem.)

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Seems like everyone and their grandma has already got an ARC of this book and I'm just sitting here like...
Warda
Jul 15, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Okay, as much as I am loving how fast paced these books are, I’m getting tired of the constant heart palpitations. I need proper character arcs, development, background, detail! Basically, more focus on the characters!

We’re in their head for 2 seconds, whilst they’re expressing their worries and insecurities, but I still can’t fully connect to them.

I loved the first half of the book. I was speeding through it, like you do with these books, but man, my heart isn’t connecting to the characters an
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Jaclyn
Dec 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
5 BIG BRIGHT BLAZING STARS FOR THIS ONE!

So long as you fight the darkness, you stand in the light.

GUYS

THIS BOOK!!!!!! GET HYPED BECAUSE ITS A FANTASTIC SEQUEL!! AHHHHH!!!

THANK YOU SO MUCH PENGUIN FOR SENDING THIS TO ME!

*deep breathes*

Okay let's start from the beginning..

let me list my feels

This one picks up right where we left off with Elias and Laia running for their lives from Blackcliff. They're on the run with nowhere to go, just this mission of breaking Laia's brother out fro
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The Burning Rose (Jess)
Aug 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I want to cry 😭 (review to come)
Brittney ~ Reverie and Ink
Okay lets all agree on one thing- just ignore my actual stars rating because I have no clue how to rate this book.

THIS. WAS. SO. INTENSE. Pretty sure I still have whiplash??

If you think you're gonna get a breather or a nice little break in this book from the craziness of book one, think again. This book picks up literally moments after the first ends. Laia and Elias are running for their lives and being chased. Marcus is the Emperor, and Helene the blood shrike. Lets not forget about Elias's l
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Chelsea ❤Peril Please❤

Released today!! Enjoy everyone!


*3.5 stars*

…“We should talk about it."
Oh skies. “Talk about what?”
“Whatever it is that’s bothering you. I can take a guess, but it might be better if you tell me.”
“You want to talk now? After weeks of not even looking at me?”
“I look at you.” His response is swift, his voice low. “Even when I shouldn’t.”


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So…this might be the hardest review I’ll ever have to write. It’s never easy when something lets you down so harshly that you actually want to throw the book ac
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Sabaa Tahir grew up in California’s Mojave Desert at her family’s 18-room motel. There, she spent her time devouring fantasy novels, raiding her brother’s comic book stash and playing guitar badly. She began writing An Ember in the Ashes
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