Let it be known that I work in the publishing industry and hard as I tried, I was not able to get my hands on an advance copy of A Torch Against the Night. So you can understand how excited I was once this book went on sale. Definitely worth the wait!
Here’s the rundown: Elias and Laia are on the run. They absolutely blew shit up at the end of the first book, An Ember in the Ashes, and the Commandant is on their tail. They barely managed to escape the city, and set out on their way to Kauf, the empire’s most dangerous prison, to rescue Laia’s brother. However, as these things go, their journey isn’t an easy one and the love triangles and danger continue full force in the second instalment of this series.
Weirdly – and I mean very weirdly because this almost never happens – I liked the second book better than the first. The first book started off slower, but this one started right in the middle of the action. Elias and Laia also get more face time with each other, which was probably the best part (if you’re team Keenan – please leave). We get a much deeper understanding of the world they live in, and what they are capable of. The overall arc of the story was better, the plot seemed to be substantially stronger, and Sabaa Tahir has really improved her writing style. I found that I was a lot more caught up in this novel, and there were so many surprises! I don’t want to give away any spoilers but Elias… ELIAS! WHAT!!! That’s all I will say for now. For those who have read it, you know exactly what I’m talking about. For those who haven’t – go to your nearest bookstore and get your hands on this right now!
Overall, I was really pleased with the second book and can’t wait for the third!