A Torch Against the Night
by Sabaa Tahir
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Hardcover: 452 pages
Rating: 3.5/5 stars
Synopsis: 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)
Actual remarks I made reading this book:
Start: Oh my gosh. This author is amazing. Awesome conflict. How will this end? I have to find out? This can’t end well, but it has to. Ack, I’m dying!
16%: The action never ends. It’s just go go go. Makes for a fun read
25%: A Love triangle? NO! Seriously?
33% *grumble* love triangle *grumble*
43%: Oh great. And now he’s leaving. Remind me the point of this book?
67%: Eww, gross. Really? He’s Evil!!
80%: See I told you! Stupid Love Triangle.
80-99%: Hmm, I didn’t see that coming. Wait, he did what?!? Umm now what!?! So sad! Whoa, cool twist.
100%: Hmm, ok. I can go with that ending. And WHOA, there’s a lot to tie up. How many books is this series? The next one doesn’t come out until 2018? What? I can’t wait that long! Fine. I need a new book.
So there you have it. My non-spoiler review of A Torch Against the Night.
Ha, jk. But that really does sum it all up. I enjoyed the book. For the most part. Remember how I said I didn’t read at all in February (click here if you don’t remember)? Clearly I wasn’t dying to know the ending of the book because I knew I didn’t have much left to read and yet it took me 20 days to finally open the book and read the end.
Turns out I enjoyed the end.
But the middle dragged a lot for me. There’s only so much that can happen on a 2000 mile journey that takes the entire book. So yes, there was a lot of action, something was constantly happening, but I grew tired of it during the book.
And I was so bummed when she brought in the Love Triangle. I seriously groaned and almost turned it off. Unless I’m somehow rooting fort he underdog in a love triangle situation, I hate them.
So, read the book. The author really does a good job. But it only gets 3.5 stars because I didn’t think, “I love it and want to give it to everyone.”