This review may contain minor spoilers- I have done my best to avoid spoilers whenever possible, however I may have let little details slip here or there!
After the tumultuous finale of An Ember in the Ashes, I, like most readers, couldn’t wait to get my hands on A Torch Against the Night. I simply needed to know where it was all going, and I simply needed more of Laia, Elias and Helen (no, I don’t, and never have, liked Keenan). So, as expected, I headed over to my local bookstore and picked this up the day it came out (they were actually still putting them out on the “New Releases” shelf when I showed up). But let me tell you – the wait was worth it – because this book is absolute perfection.
Elias and Laia are running for their lives. Following the events of the Fourth Trial, an army led by Masks hunts the two fugitives as they escape the city of Serra and journey across the vast lands of the Martial Empire. Laia is determined to break into Kauf—the Empire’s most secure and dangerous prison—and save her brother, whose knowledge of Serric steel is the key to the Scholars’ future. And Elias is determined to stay by Laia’s side…even if it means giving up his own chance at freedom. But Elias and Laia will have to fight every step of the way if they’re going to outsmart their enemies: the bloodthirsty Emperor Marcus, the merciless Commandant, the sadistic Warden of Kauf, and, most heartbreaking of all, Helene—Elias’s former friend and the Empire’s newest Blood Shrike. 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.