‘Tahir spins a captivating, heart-pounding fantasy’ Us Weekly
The sequel to the explosive New York Times bestselling debut AN EMBER IN THE ASHES, that’s captivated readers worldwide.
A TORCH AGAINST THE NIGHT takes readers 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.
‘Tahir does political intrigue very well’ Guardian
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, #1 New York Times bestselling 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 bestselling 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 bestselling 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 bestselling author of FROZEN and THE RING AND THE CROWN
About the author
Sabaa Tahir grew up in California’s Mojave Desert at her family’s eighteen-room motel. There, she spent her time devouring fantasy novels, raiding her brother’s comic book stash, and playing guitar badly. She began writing An Ember in the Ashes while working nights as a newspaper editor. She likes thunderous indie rock, garish socks, and all things nerd. Sabaa currently lives in the San Francisco Bay area with her family.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
An Ember in the Ashes introduced us to Laia and Elias, a slave and assassin who join forces and rebel against the brutal Martial Empire, inspired by ancient Rome. In this sequel, Sabaa Tahir cranks the action and suspense up to ten, pitting the unlikely allies against murderous and horrific antagonists. Tahir’s writing is dense and beautiful, evoking a world that’s shrouded in mystery and intensely dangerous. We were absolutely invested in Laia and Elias’ fate.