Dropping a truth bomb…
Dropping a truth bomb…
But you, Helene Aquilla, are no swift-burning spark. You are a torch against the night – if you dare to let yourself burn.
We pick up A Torch Against the Night where An Ember in the Ashes left off. Laia and Elias are running for their lives, the Commandant is up to her usual evil ways, and Laia’s brother is trapped inside Kauf prison.
Like all traditionally published YA novels, this was well-written and suspenseful, and it had me wanting to turn page after page even when I was exhausted. I really enjoyed the incorporation of the Tribes into the story, the relationship development between Elias and Laia, and the struggle that Helene, now Blood Shrike of the empire, goes through in trying to choose between her friend and her duty to the empire. Honestly, the development of Helene’s character in this book was in large part why this book rated so high with me.
However, there were a couple of story lines that did not feel complete to me, and I found that a bit surprising considering how many hands this went through prior to publication. I think this book may have tried to accomplish way too much in too few pages.
Despite these issues, I still enjoyed it very much, and want to know what happens with Elias and Laia in book three.
I picked this book to fulfill the Read Harder Challenge #20, A Book with a Cover You Hate. I know why Tahir wanted to change the cover design, and I respect that reasoning. I just think the execution (specifically the single color and the Throne of Glass knock-off style) was poorly done.
Which one do you prefer?
Anyone else spend way too much time trying to write the perfect sentence and then berating themselves for writing garbage? Well, I’m starting to think that’s ridiculous. The hardest part of writing for me is getting the whole story out on paper. So, no more agonizing. I’m just going to remember this:
I am obsessed with coffee. It is quite possible that I drink way too much of it. Ah, well. C’est la vie! Every time I come across photos like this one — cozy sweaters or socks, mugs of hot, steaming coffee, books, or wintry scenes — I just want to post them everywhere. I also want to be the people in the photos. If I could stay snuggled up with a mug of coffee and a book all the time, I would be in heaven. What about you guys? What’s your perfect scene, perfect day, idea of heaven?