A Torch Against the Night: An Ember in the Ashes, Book 2

Book review by Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
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age 14+

Riveting fantasy sequel is a thought-provoking teen read.

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Based on 1 review

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age 13+

Based on 6 reviews

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age 14+

Just as good as the first one

A Torch Against The Night was high on my must-read list, and it did not disappoint. Here we get to delve deeper into Elias and Laia's character development, as well as Helene's (a great addition to the point of view narrators). I loved how artfully the author explored Elias' struggle with his inner demons, Laia's self-confidence, and Helene's loyalties. Most of the characters were fully fleshed out and they really drove the story. Violence: There is a lot of violence. The Empire is a totalitarian society that brutally murders opponents. The Commandant kills numerous Scholars, including children. A character is poisoned. Another is forced to watch the execution of her family, and a supporting character dies. Elias and Laia have to kill soldiers. Characters are brutally tortured. Blood is mentioned. Sex: Budding romance between Elias and Laia, as well as Laia and Keenan, lead to some kisses. Two characters have sex, but the scene fades out and doesn't describe it in detail. Language: "Hell" is used multiple times, as well as "bastard".

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