Teen Reviews

Read + Review: A Torch Against The Night by Sabaa Tahir


Laia and Elias are on the run from the Empire, and Helene must track them down. The key to victory is Laia’s brother, and it is imperative that they save him. When the Commandant poisons Elias, the clock is ticking down. Seeking help from the Tribes, they soon are on their way to attempting a prison break at Kauf. When Elias realizes they’re not going to get there soon enough, he sets out on his own–leaving Laia with Keenan, whom Elias doesn’t trust. With dark secrets and new revelations at every turn, the second book chronicling the adventures of Laia, Elias and Helene surprises everyone and leaves nothing as it seems.

I was quite disappointed with this. The first book left me breathless, but this book left me wondering what the characters were thinking. What was the Commandant thinking? Who is Helene truly loyal to? What are Marcus’s motives? This book left me with more questions unanswered than previous questions solved. My favorite part about this book is the beautiful world constructed. I’ll definitely come back for the next book, but I hope it’s not as much of a letdown as this one.

This book was definitely very memorable, although I won’t say if it’s a bad or a good sort of memorable. Most of the surprises were memorable. (I am still recovering from more than one, despite knowing how they turned out.) One very memorable non-spoiler is Helene’s narrative. She’s always torn between allegiance to Elias and to the Empire, knowing that either way, someone she loves will be hurt.


Reviewed by Ashley, Grade 8, Libbie Mill Library

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