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A Torch Against the Night


Series
An Ember in the Ashes

by
Sabaa Tahir

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Penguin
Imprint
Print
ISBN
9781101998878

Awards and Honors
Goodreads Choice Awards 2016, Young Adult Fantasy & Science Fiction
BuzzFeed Best YA Books of 2016
POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Violence: War/Harsh Realities of War, Violence: Mild Violence, Sexual Content: Strong Sexual Content/Themes
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Helene’s mission is horrifying, unwanted, and clear: find the traitor Elias Veturius and the Scholar slave who helped him escape—and kill them both.

POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Violence: War/Harsh Realities of War, Violence: Mild Violence, Sexual Content: Strong Sexual Content/Themes

Details

Format

Print

Page Count

464

Trim Size

9" x 6"

AR

5: points 19

Lexile

HL670L

Genre

Fiction

Scholastic Reading Counts

28

JLG Release

Dec 2016

Book Genres


Topics

Fugitives from justice. Brothers and sisters. Fantasy. Romance fiction. Prisons. Rebellions.

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Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Booklist*, Kirkus Reviews, Publishers Weekly*, School Library Journal, Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)

School Library Journal

In this sequel to An Ember in the Ashes, Martial Elias and Scholar Laia are trying to escape from Serra and reach the prison of Kauf, where Laia’s brother has been imprisoned for having secret knowledge of Martial weapons. Their journey will be extremely hazardous, since Helene Aquilla, childhood friend and fellow Mask, who is now Blood Shrike for the Emperor, has been ordered to hunt Elias down. Elias and Laia are also trying to evade Elias’s ruthless mother, the Commandant, who is scheming to seize power and is willing even to poison her own son to achieve her ends. Most dangerous of all, however, is the grim prison of Kauf, where their attempt to rescue Laia’s brother leads to further horrors and some surprises. Told in the alternating voices of Elias, Laia, and Helene, this book is even darker and grimmer than the first, which readers will need to be familiar with in order to follow the twists and turns of the plot. Strong and compelling characters, particularly Helene, who is fleshed out more than in the previous volume, and a number of action-packed sequences help keep things moving. VERDICT This one is bound to be popular with fans of the first installment, making this a must-purchase.—Kathleen E. Gruver, Burlington County Library, Westampton, NJ

Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

In this sequel to An Ember in the Ashes, Martial Elias and Scholar Laia are trying to escape from Serra and reach the prison of Kauf, where Laia’s brother has been imprisoned for having secret knowledge of Martial weapons. Their journey will be extremely hazardous, since Helene Aquilla, childhood friend and fellow Mask, who is now Blood Shrike for the Emperor, has been ordered to hunt Elias down. Elias and Laia are also trying to evade Elias’s ruthless mother, the Commandant, who is scheming to seize power and is willing even to poison her own son to achieve her ends. Most dangerous of all, however, is the grim prison of Kauf, where their attempt to rescue Laia’s brother leads to further horrors and some surprises. Told in the alternating voices of Elias, Laia, and Helene, this book is even darker and grimmer than the first, which readers will need to be familiar with in order to follow the twists and turns of the plot. Strong and compelling characters, particularly Helene, who is fleshed out more than in the previous volume, and a number of action-packed sequences help keep things moving. VERDICT This one is bound to be popular with fans of the first installment, making this a must-purchase.—Kathleen E. Gruver, Burlington County Library, Westampton, NJ

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