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A Torch Against the Night

Posted by shorty on January 11, 2017
25558608 (1)Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir
Publisher: Razorbill
Pages: 464
Release Date: Aug 2016
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Riots. Cold blooded murder. Freedom. Laia is a fugitive who escaped the city Serra with Elias, another fugitive. Laia’s brother Darin was captured and is imprisoned in Kauf, the most dangerous prison in the Empire. Darin has knowledge of Serric steel, which the scholars’ need for their future. Elias is adamant that he stays with Laia, even if it means that he might risk his own chance of freedom. Laia and Elias have to fight some of the most brutal enemies: the commandant, the brutal emperor Marcus, the warden of Kauf, and worst of all, Elias’s former friend Helene. Helene is on a mission that is unwanted by anyone offered it. Her mission is to find Elias and Laia and kill them both. Will Elias and Laia be captured? And most importantly, will Laia rescue her brother before it’s too late?

I honestly really liked this book. At first, it kind of dragged along but it picked up speed pretty quickly. I really like fantasy books, so I figured it would be really good (I was right). Now, onto the characters.  I really liked Laia as a character. I thought she was well developed and her backstory was also well developed if not somewhat depressing. I honestly loved Elias. I thought he was a well developed character also, but I wish the author put more depth into his backstory. I honestly thought Helene was an okay character. I felt like the author didn’t put as much effort into her as the other characters. I thought her backstory could have used a little more depth because I feel that it barely scratches the surface. I absolutely hated the warden. He’s an evil, conniving, lying person. I hated him with every fiber of my being.

I liked the author’s writing style too. I feel like it wasn’t as descriptive as it could have been though. I liked that the chapters weren’t super long either. That meant that it was a short read. My only complain about the chapters was that they were in Roman numerals. I had no idea what chapter I was on. Overall, I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys fantasy or is looking for a new book to read. I would give this book an 8/10 on a scale of 0-10.

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