Thursday, November 23, 2017

A Torch Against the Night (An Ember in the Ashes #2) by Sabaa Tahir (audiobook)

This book is a sequel, and for sure you should read the first book, Ember in the Ashes, before starting this one. It’s really good and I highly recommend it :-)

Laia and Elias are out of the clutches of The Commandant, but just barely. They know that their goal is to break Laia’s brother Darin out of Kauf prison but it is a task that's more than daunting. Not only is it a very long journey, but Helene is hunting for Elias and it’s not safe for scholars anywhere. The Warden of Kauf is ruthless and cruel and to get Darin past him will take a vast network of people to help, and even then there is no way to guarantee success. It seems like an almost impossible goal but to Laia, her brother is worth the attempt.

Second books tend to not be as thrilling, in general, as the first and third in a trilogy but this was really well done. There is a lot of new, dark and deep magic that we learn about there are many twists along the way that make it an exciting story in and of itself. Some characters are so twisted and violent that it is upsetting at times. It is suspenseful in all the good ways and I liked that this time we also heard the story from Helene‘s point of view. All three narrators are absolutely phenomenal. Their interpretation and voices really added to the story for me. This is a series that I will absolutely follow to the end.

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