An Ember in the Ashes was one of my favourite books from the past few years so it’s only natural that I counted down the days to the sequel. In fact, I found out my local book shop had it stocked a couple days before the UK release date, so I frantically ran over and recruited the bookseller to help me find it. Poor guy must have thought I was insane – I don’t think I even brushed my hair I was so desperate to get my hands on it. Well, that wonderful man found the ONLY copy they received and IT WAS MINE.
For some reason I cannot possibly fathom, the UK edition doesn’t include a map.
Siobhan was lovely and sent me bunch of photos of her map-abundant Canadian edition and I am forever in her debt.
I was so eager to continue Elias and Laia’s journey I started reading straight away. Surprisingly, the first 100 or so pages didn’t excite me the way Embers did. I started to get a bit worried. Would this sequel pale in comparison to such a strong debut?
BUT, after I passed the 150 page mark and got over the map snubbing I got that same thrill I did when reading Embers.
We got some pretty awesome fight scenes and great character development.
AND THEN we got the mother of all MOTHER FUCKING PLOT TWISTS.
Okay, it probably wasn’t as shocking as I’m making it out to be but I never pick up on hints or foreshadowing so I was legitimately shocked.
My actual face:
While I think An Ember in the Ashes is the stronger novel overall, A Torch Against the Night was still a fantastic follow up. I can’t wait until the third one (2018?!?!).
Sabaa Tahir, I bow down to you and your wonderfulness.
This was a buddy review with Siobhan – don’t forget to check out her awesome review!