The sequel to the explosive New York Times best-selling debut, An Ember in the Ashes, that's captivated readers worldwide.
A Torch Against the Night takes listeners into the heart of the Empire as Laia and Elias fight their way north to liberate Laia's brother from the horrors of Kauf Prison. Hunted by Empire soldiers, manipulated by the Commandant and haunted by their pasts, Laia and Elias must outfox their enemies and confront the treacherousness of their own hearts.
In the city of Serra, Helene Aquilla finds herself bound to the will of the Empire's twisted new leader, Marcus. When her loyalty is questioned, Helene finds herself taking on a mission to prove herself - a mission that might destroy her instead.
©2016 Sabaa Tahir (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers
Praise for An Ember in the Ashes: "Game of Thrones fans will relish Tahir's debut set in a brutal Rome-inspired empire. It follows Laia, a slave and Elias, a young soldier, whose lives are unexpectedly intertwined in this story of freedom, loyalty and love." (Independent)
"The writing is as smooth as silk and keeps one reading long after the lights should have been out." (Robin Hobb)
"With An Ember in the Ashes, Sabaa Tahir shows us light in darkness, hope in a world of despair, and the human spirit reaching for greatness in difficult times." (Brandon Sanderson, number one New York Times best-selling author)
"I fell in love with Laia and Elias from the moment we met. This is a story you'll read with your heart in your throat." (Lauren DeStefano, New York Times best-selling author)
"A heart-pounding story of love and loss, with the most original world-building I've read all year. Deeply felt and deeply moving, I could not put it down." (Margaret Stohl, New York Times best-selling author of Beautiful Creatures)
"This electric debut is a pulse-pounding, action-packed Romeo and Juliet story in a richly imagined world with a great twist and heroic characters you'll root for and won't stop thinking about." (Melissa de la Cruz, New York Times best-selling author of Frozen and The Ring and the Crown)
"An Ember in the Ashes is a spectacular page turner that asks readers to consider how far they'd go to save the ones they love. Sabaa Tahir is the next superstar in young adult fiction and her debut is as cinematic as Gladiator and as high-stakes as Game of Thrones." (Holly Goldberg Sloan, New York Times best-selling author of Counting by 7s) and I'll Be There)
"Blew me away.... This book is dark, complex, vivid, and romantic - expect to be completely transported." (MTV.com) "Tahir spins a captivating, heart-pounding fantasy." (Us Weekly)
"Good story, disliked the performance "
Parts that are whispered mixed with loud ones - had to keep adjusting volume. It is inconvenient to do it constantly, as I listen to books on my commute.
The story itself is a nice change from the usual fantasy - as it is set in middle-eastern inspired universe. Can't wait for part 3.
"brilliant story well told."
Absolutely superb story enjoyed every minute of it will be looking for the next part shortly. My only complaint would be the two invented expletives of "skies" and "hells" are ridiculously overused and by every character in every race. Otherwise excellent all round
"Female narrator needs to change tone"
It is very difficult to work out who is speaking due to the female narrator for Laia not changing her voice at all when reading speech said by other characters.
Laia and Elias have long conversations where it is not specified which character is speaking, so you end up scratching your head trying to figure it out as the narrator doesn't change her voice at all for the different parts. I mean, she doesn't even subtly change her voice, she just doesn't try at all! It ruins what could have been a great audiobook.
She could at least make her voice a bit lower when she does Elias' parts. Really find it frustrating and don't think I can continue listening due to this, I would rather read it as at least on paper you can work out who is saying what due to the grammar.
The male narrator changed his voice for Laia's speech so I'm not sure why the female narrator didn't bother? I have listened to audiobooks where the narrator manages to make multiple male characters of the same age and background sound different.
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