|A Torch Against the Night
Contributor(s): Tahir, Sabaa
ISBN: 1101998873 ISBN-13: 9781101998878
Binding Type: Hardcover - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: August 2016
Annotation: Laia and Elias fight their way north to liberate Laia's brother from the horrors of Kauf Prison, a mission that is complicated by hunting Empire soldiers, the manipulations of the Commandant and lingering ghosts from their pasts. Simultaneous eBook.
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|Library of Congress Subjects: |
- Fugitives from justice; Fiction.
- Brothers and sisters; Fiction.
|Academic/Grade Level: Grade 10-12, Age 15-18|
|Series: Ember in the Ashes|
|Book type: Juvenile Fiction|
|Physical Information: 9.50" H x 6.50" W x 1.50" (1.52 lbs) 452 pages|
|Accelerated Reader Info|
|Quiz #: 184057
Reading Level: 5.0 Interest Level: Upper Grades Point Value: 19.0
|Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.
Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2016 June #1)
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.)[Page ]. Copyright 2016 PWxyz LLC
Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2016 August)
Gr 9 Up—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[Page 117]. (c) Copyright 2016 Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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