A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir

A Torch Against the Night

An Ember in the Ashes #2

Sabaa Tahir

fiction Fantasy Romance Young Adult
adventurous emotional tense fast-paced

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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 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.

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adventurous 98%
dark 74%
emotional 62%
tense 62%
mysterious 32%
challenging 24%
sad 24%
hopeful 16%
inspiring 12%
reflective 8%


medium 65%
fast 26%
slow 7%

Strong character development?

Yes: 91% | It's complicated: 4% | No: 4%

Loveable characters?

Yes: 73% | It's complicated: 21% | No: 4%

Diverse cast of characters?

Yes: 93% | It's complicated: 2% | N/A: 2% | No: 2%

Flaws of characters centre-stage?

Yes: 88% | It's complicated: 4% | N/A: 4% | No: 2%

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