A Torch Against the night
“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.“ -Goodreads
Do you ever read a book that is just so epic, that even days later you can’t voice your thoughts on it? Well that is me with this one. Three days ago I finished the audiobook for A Torch Against the Night, and it was fantastic. The same narrators came back to bring Laia and Elias to life, and then another narrator brought Helen to life. I really liked that Helen was a perspective we got to see in this novel because there is so much she had to go through and to understand about her.
The characters are very well developed throughout the book. Sabaa Tahir is a very talented author. The world itself was well designed to bring out the steps in these characters’ journies as well.
There are a couple twists I was not expecting, but that added great content to the story.
I recommend this series to those who love fantasy and dystopian novels, or just love a good rebellion.