A Torch Against the Night

Sabaa Tahir. Razorbill, $19.95 (464p) ISBN 978-1-101-99887-8
The sequel to Tahir’s bestselling An Ember in the Ashes picks up where the last installment left off: Laia and Elias, fresh from the Trials that made them both traitors, barely escape the city of Serra with their lives as a Scholar rebellion tears the city apart. Elias is sworn to help Laia rescue her brother, Darin, from the prison of Kauf, held there for his knowledge of steelmaking secrets that could bring the end of the Martial empire. But Helene Aquilla, the new emperor’s Blood Shrike and Elias’s best friend from childhood, has orders to hunt down both of the fugitives or forfeit her own family’s lives. Watching them all is the commandant of Blackcliff, ruthless in her hatred and hiding a sinister agenda of her own. The shifting network of alliances and betrayals can almost be too elaborate to follow at times, but Tahir’s skill with her characters is more than enough to hold readers’ attention. This sequel has a darker tone and even higher stakes than its predecessor, setting the stage for a thrilling conclusion. Ages 14–up. Agent: Alexandra Machinist, ICM Partners. (Aug.)
Reviewed on: 06/06/2016
Release date: 08/30/2016
Genre: Children's
Compact Disc - 978-0-14-752503-1
Hardcover - 978-1-4104-8925-8
Pre-Recorded Audio Player - 978-1-5094-1505-2
Prebound-Glued - 480 pages - 978-0-606-40085-5
Paperback - 480 pages - 978-1-101-99888-5
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