captavating & unputdownable // A TORCH AGAINST THE NIGHT REVIEW

TITLE: A Torch Against The Night

AUTHOR: Sabba Tahir

RATING: ★★★★.5

TRIGGER WARNING: lots of murder that is detailed.

WHERE DID I RECEIVE THIS?: HarperCollinsNZ sent this to me in exchange for an honest review!

GENRE: Fantasy


The sequel to the explosive New York Times bestselling debut AN EMBER IN THE ASHES that s captivated readers worldwide.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.

my thoughts

I keep thinking this next book won’t tear my heart out, that whatever next book I pick up, I’ll be better equipped with the stories of books past to handle whatever tale is woven into its pages, that never seems to be the truth.


A torch against the night picks up almost immediately after An Ember in the ashes, following Elias and Laia as they escape through the tunnels under one of the darkest places known, to the far reaches of this magical world that Sabaa Tahir has created as they rush against time to save Darin, Laia’s brother.

I gave an ember in the ashes 4.5 stars, I loved my time reading it & it was in my top reads for January and when I went to pick up ATATN I was really worried it wouldn’t live up to the standard that ember had placed, but I was so wrong as Sabaa made this book just as beautiful as the one before.

This book might just be my more preferred one for two reasons. First, the beautiful mythology woven in this, there is the nightbringer, someone who holds so much power he terrifies even his own kind, smaller jinn whom wreck havoc & a poor girl tied to a fate of helping the dead for a mistake made thousands of years ago. This book alone is brimming with tales that feel dusty and old, tales that make you beg for more and it made the world all the brighter for it.

My second favorite part was the character development, mainly in the cases of Laia and Helene. For Laia, she learns to stand her ground, she still fears, but she knows what is at stake, she knows there is so much more than just saving her brother at stake now, that the whole world rests on bringing down the Martials and she steps up to the roles given to her. In the case of Helene, she is pushed and beaten and prodded into shape by unknown forces. Forced to do horrible things, to become something dark, she is left only as the blood shrike, there is nothing left in her heart and it is heartbreakingly beautiful.

Overall this book was magical, it left me wanting so much more and did not fail to deliver on a beautiful tale. I’m already highly anticipating A reaper at the gates.

– The ever-growing mythology behind this series
– The character growth
– The twists that I never anticipated

– I genuinely cannot think of anything

until next time,

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