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Publisher's Summary

The sequel to the explosive New York Times best-selling debut, An Ember in the Ashes, that's captivated readers worldwide.

A Torch Against the Night takes listeners 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.

©2016 Sabaa Tahir (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers

Critic Reviews

Praise for An Ember in the Ashes: " Game of Thrones fans will relish Tahir's debut set in a brutal Rome-inspired empire. It follows Laia, a slave and Elias, a young soldier, whose lives are unexpectedly intertwined in this story of freedom, loyalty and love." ( Independent)
"The writing is as smooth as silk and keeps one reading long after the lights should have been out." (Robin Hobb)
"With An Ember in the Ashes, Sabaa Tahir shows us light in darkness, hope in a world of despair, and the human spirit reaching for greatness in difficult times." (Brandon Sanderson, number one New York Times best-selling author)
"I fell in love with Laia and Elias from the moment we met. This is a story you'll read with your heart in your throat." (Lauren DeStefano, New York Times best-selling author)
"A heart-pounding story of love and loss, with the most original world-building I've read all year. Deeply felt and deeply moving, I could not put it down." (Margaret Stohl, New York Times best-selling author of Beautiful Creatures)
"This electric debut is a pulse-pounding, action-packed Romeo and Juliet story in a richly imagined world with a great twist and heroic characters you'll root for and won't stop thinking about." (Melissa de la Cruz, New York Times best-selling author of Frozen and The Ring and the Crown)
" An Ember in the Ashes is a spectacular page turner that asks readers to consider how far they'd go to save the ones they love. Sabaa Tahir is the next superstar in young adult fiction and her debut is as cinematic as Gladiator and as high-stakes as Game of Thrones." (Holly Goldberg Sloan, New York Times best-selling author of Counting by 7s) and I'll Be There)
"Blew me away.... This book is dark, complex, vivid, and romantic - expect to be completely transported." (MTV.com) "Tahir spins a captivating, heart-pounding fantasy." ( Us Weekly)

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Great sequel

Riveting from the first moment. Fast paced and with some great twists and turns. A fun read!

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Good story, disliked the performance

Parts that are whispered mixed with loud ones - had to keep adjusting volume. It is inconvenient to do it constantly, as I listen to books on my commute.

The story itself is a nice change from the usual fantasy - as it is set in middle-eastern inspired universe. Can't wait for part 3.

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  • Gary W
  • 05-04-17

My First Ever AudioBook

This was my first ever audiobook. I am so glad I listened to A Torch Against The Night on Audible, the second book in the An Ember in The Ashes Series. I had high hopes for the sequel considering I loved the first book and it definitely didn't disappoint. It carried on the fast pace and excitement from the first book. I also enjoyed that each POV character had their own voice actor. There was in my opinion no bad points for this audiobook. All I can say is I NEED THE NEXT BOOK IN THE SERIES, whether that be physical copy or audiobook or both :)

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  • Ms. E. L. King
  • 02-04-17

Brilliant story, brought to life well

I started to read this book on my kindle, but got a bit stuck at one point. When I saw this in the sale I hoped it would help me to get over the bit of the book I didn't enjoy. It definately did that. The story became gripping, and I found myself making excuses to put my audio book on. The voice acting was really good too. It really added an extra dimension to the story.

I whole heartedly recommend this audio book to any fans of the first book in the series. The only thing you will find disappointing will be that like all good things, it had to end.

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  • K N
  • 06-08-18

Pretty dark for YA, but overall average

'A Torch Against the Night' is much darker than most YA novels. However, it is plagued with pointless love triangles (pentagons?) that feel desperate. Characters lack unique voices and sound too much like each other at times. The plot is full of conflict and drama but fails to be interesting. Overall, it was an average book at best.

Performance: I never understood what I'm supposed to do when the performers start whispering. Am I expected to keep adjusting the volume? I can really not hear them without. I think It's a typical sign of performers not understanding the medium they work in. Moreover, almost every character (male or female) sounds the same. During the dialogue between Helene and Laia, for several minutes, I had no idea who was saying what.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-07-18

loved it

This book series has been amazing so far, with gripping story and characters. Can't wait to digg my teeth into the next one!

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  • Zemap
  • 12-24-16

brilliant story well told.

Absolutely superb story enjoyed every minute of it will be looking for the next part shortly. My only complaint would be the two invented expletives of "skies" and "hells" are ridiculously overused and by every character in every race. Otherwise excellent all round

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  • Zoe
  • 10-10-16

Female narrator needs to change tone

It is very difficult to work out who is speaking due to the female narrator for Laia not changing her voice at all when reading speech said by other characters.

Laia and Elias have long conversations where it is not specified which character is speaking, so you end up scratching your head trying to figure it out as the narrator doesn't change her voice at all for the different parts. I mean, she doesn't even subtly change her voice, she just doesn't try at all! It ruins what could have been a great audiobook.

She could at least make her voice a bit lower when she does Elias' parts. Really find it frustrating and don't think I can continue listening due to this, I would rather read it as at least on paper you can work out who is saying what due to the grammar.

The male narrator changed his voice for Laia's speech so I'm not sure why the female narrator didn't bother? I have listened to audiobooks where the narrator manages to make multiple male characters of the same age and background sound different.

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  • Anna G
  • 11-15-16

Gets better

The story and performances get better in the second half of the book. Almost didnt finish listening to this but glad I did.

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  • Lena
  • 11-07-16

Amazing story line and narrators

absolutely amazing story. cannot wait for the next book. The narrators were amazing and really gave it life.