[Book Review #74] ARC: A Torch Against The Night by Sabaa Tahir [Global Blog Tour + Giveaway]


A Torch Against the Night takes readers into the heart of the Empire as Laia and Elias fight their way north to liberate Laia’s brother from the horrors of Kauf Prison. Hunted by Empire soldiers, manipulated by the Commandant, and haunted by their pasts, Laia and Elias must outfox their enemies and confront the treacherousness of their own hearts.

In the city of Serra, Helene Aquilla finds herself bound to the will of the Empire’s twisted new leader, Marcus. When her loyalty is questioned, Helene finds herself taking on a mission to prove herself—a mission that might destroy her, instead.

Book Specifications:

Author: Sabaa Tahir

Format: ARC

Part of a Series: An Ember In The Ashes #2.

Release Date: August 30, 2016

Publisher: Razorbill

No. of Pages: 464 pages

Price: $19.95

Genre: Young Adult, Fiction, Fantasy, Action, Romance

For PH readers, you may purchase your A Torch Against The Night copies at National Book Store! Check this out for more details.

Book Review:


I received an ARC of this book from Penguin Random House / Razorbill Books which in no way swayed my opinion on the story.

After I read An Ember In The Ashes a month ago, all I could think about was getting a breather. That book is so intense and action-packed, that I literally needed to take a minute (or a month) to catch my breath so I could fully and normally function again. The characters were so endearing, and easy to root for. The world was vividly built right in front of your eyes, and the plot was unique and is a treasure all on it’s own! Today, I’m sharing my thoughts on, A Torch Against The Night, in participation with the Global Blog Tour that Penguin Random House is hosting!

Obviously, the story picked up where EMBER left off. I expected no less than for it to be just as action-packed, if not more, compared to the first book. It’s unbelievable how Sabaa endlessly tells the story of our protagonists, Laia and Elias, while they escape the ruthless clutches of the empire, towards their pursuit of a better tomorrow. After reading Ember, I actually thought that the worst was over. Only to be surprised as to how Torch basically just took the story to the next level. It’s much more action-packed. We get to see the Empire in a bird’s eye view. We also meet and dive into other people’s backstories. It’s everything a reader looks for in a sequel.

I also wanted to point out how the story intricately, but explosively developed from the first book. I mean, the author’s way of writing was so intense, but it also was, in every way, graceful in terms of moving forward. I’m not really sure if I’m making any sense, but if I am, please tell me in the comments below, because I really want to make my point clear that Sabaa Tahir is a very impressive author. She had me on the edge of my seat while I was reading her book, and I would like to thank her for showing me the value of true freedom in a world filled with sham and drudgery.

And lastly, I must commend Sabaa Tahir for being able to leave me a hundred percent intrigued as to what is in store for our main characters Laia and Elias. Lots of stuff happened, changed, and improved about them that I just can’t seem to wait for another year to get my answers. Of course, I can’t go into too much detail without spoiling both the first and second book in the series, but to add one last thing that I really want to get off my chest is how I’m really (REALLY) looking forward to seeing what Helene is actually planning to keep her family safe. After everything that transpired in A Torch Against The Night, I’m pretty sure that Helene has a few tricks up her sleeves left just to make sure that she stays alive.

“A Torch Against The Night is basically an even better, and even more intense version of An Ember In The Ashes. The stakes are higher. The action is a lot more profound and intense. The world was deeply expanded to give readers vivid descriptions of how it truly is to live in The Empire. Believe me, you need to continue reading the series. This will definitely not disappoint.”


Characters – 4.00

Plot – 4.00

Writing Style – 4.00

Pacing – 4.00

Ending – 4.00

TOTAL – 4 Stars

Quotable Quotes:

“True suffering lies in the expectation of pain as much as much as in the pain itself.” – The Warden

“Willpower alone cannot change one’s fate.” – The Soul Catcher

“Fools pay attention to words in a fight, warriors take advantage of them.”

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

“Children are born to break their mother’s hearts, my boy.” – Mamie


Penguin Random House is giving away TEN FINISHED COPIES of A Torch Against The Night to celebrate it’s release! Don’t let your chance to win one pass by! Join their giveaway here.

About the Author:

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 while working nights as a newspaper editor. She likes thunderous indie rock, garish socks and all things nerd. Sabaa currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her family.

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Many thanks to my friends at Penguin Random House for inviting me to be a part of the global blog tour for A Torch Against The Night by Sabaa Tahir!


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