Welcome to my stop on the A TORCH AGAINST THE NIGHT Blog Tour!
This amazing sequel is OUT so if you haven’t yet picked up your copy, you should totally do so. It is even BETTER than the first book in the series. And with two more planned books to come, it’s the perfect time to meet Elias, Laia and Helene, learn about the Empire, uncover the secrets, and take the journey.
And, if you’re like me, fall in love with Elias.
Which is why I have the perfect post to share here on the blog – the top 10 reasons why I love Elias!
So if you’d like to know why I adore him, or want to know more about the books in this series, or discover more about the author, or enter the giveaway, keep reading!
About A TORCH AGAINST THE NIGHT
Title & Series: A TORCH AGAINST THE NIGHT (An Ember in the Ashes #2)
Author: Sabaa Tahir
Release date: August 30, 2016
Formats: Hardcover, audio, eBook
Read an EXCERPT
Elias and Laia are running for their lives.
After the events of the Fourth Trial, Martial soldiers hunt the two fugitives as they flee the city of Serra and undertake a perilous journey through the heart of the Empire.
Laia is determined to break into Kauf – the Empire’s most secure and dangerous prison – to save her brother, who is the key to the Scholars’ survival. And Elias is determined to help Laia succeed, even if it means giving up his last chance at freedom.
But dark forces, human and otherworldly, work against Laia and Elias. The pair must fight every step of the way to outsmart their enemies: the bloodthirsty Emperor Marcus, the merciless Commandant, the sadistic Warden of Kauf, and, most heartbreaking of all, Helene – Elias’s former friend and the Empire’s newest Blood Shrike.
Bound to Marcus’s will, Helene faces a torturous mission of her own – one that might destroy her: find the traitor Elias Veturius and the Scholar slave who helped him escape… and kill them both.
10 Reasons Why I Love Elias
I just couldn’t help myself and opted to share a few of my favorite quotes and passages to back up why I adore Elias. But please note that some quotes are spoiler-y for AN EMBER IN THE ASHES. So if you haven’t yet read that book you may want to skip ahead…
#1 Elias is brave
Death is coming for me. Death is nearly here.
I am ready for him.
#2 Elias is honorable
“I’d rather die than live with no mercy, no honor, no soul.”
#3 Elias is loyal
I pull a cloak off a woman in the crowd–she doesn’t even notice its absence–and muscle my way through, my only thought to get to Helene, to pull her out, to keep her from being beaten or trampled to death. Why, Elias? She’s your enemy now.
The thought sickens me. She was my best friend. I can’t just throw that away.
#4 Elias is selfless
My body knows what to do before my mind, and I dive in front of Laia. If I can place myself between her and the others, she might have a chance.
Because I don’t care what I saw on that nightmare battlefield. I won’t kill her. And I won’t let anyone else kill her either.
#5 Elias is fierce
In my mind, the knives have already flown, already found their marks. I burst from the alcove and let them loose. The first four legionnaires go down quietly, one after the other, as easy as scything grain. The fifth drops with a sweep of my scim. Warm blood sprays, and I feel my bile rising. Don’t think. Don’t dwell. Just clear the way.
#6 Elias is compassionate
“I don’t want to hurt you. I don’t want anyone else hurt because of me.”
#7 Elias is remorseful
“The battle will end when you defeat or are defeated by the leader of the enemy. If I’d been willing to die first, Tristas would still be alive. Leander. Demetrius. All of them…”
#8 Elias is devastating
“I miss you.” I hope she hears what I’m truly saying. I love you. I’m sorry. I wish I could fix it. “I’ll always miss you. Even when I’m a ghost.”
I release her and take a step away. Then another. I turn my back on her, my heart clenching at the strangled sound she makes, and walk out of the alley.
#9 Elias is heartbreaking
I pull away from her slowly, holding her eyes as I do it, so she knows it’s the last thing I want. Hurt washes across her eyes. Confusion.
I am glad she understands. I can’t get close to her — not in that way. I can’t let her get close to me. Doing so will only bring grief and pain.
And she’s had enough of that.
#10 Elias is smoldering
He steps toward me, backing me into the smooth, worn wood of the cabin. His breath goes as ragged as mine, and he brushes his fingers against my wrist, his warm hand trailing sparks up my arm, my neck, and across my lips.
He cups my face in both of his hands, waiting to see what I want, even as his pale eyes burn with need.
About AN EMBER IN THE ASHES
Title: AN EMBER IN THE ASHES (An Ember in the Ashes #1)
Author: Sabaa Tahir
Release date: April 28, 2015
Formats: Hardcover, paperback, audio, eBook
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Set in a terrifyingly brutal Rome-like world, An Ember in the Ashes is an epic fantasy debut about an orphan fighting for her family and a soldier fighting for his freedom. It’s a story that’s literally burning to be told.
LAIA is a Scholar living under the iron-fisted rule of the Martial Empire. When her brother is arrested for treason, Laia goes undercover as a slave at the empire’s greatest military academy in exchange for assistance from rebel Scholars who claim that they will help to save her brother from execution.
ELIAS is the academy’s finest soldier— and secretly, its most unwilling. Elias is considering deserting the military, but before he can, he’s ordered to participate in a ruthless contest to choose the next Martial emperor.
When Laia and Elias’s paths cross at the academy, they find that their destinies are more intertwined than either could have imagined and that their choices will change the future of the empire itself.
About Sabaa Tahir
Sabaa Tahir grew up in California’s Mojave Desert at her family’s 18-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.
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The Tour Schedule
Aug. 29th |Buttermybooks – Fancast
Aug. 30th | Once Upon a Twilight – Top 5 Moments While Writing
Aug. 31st | Fiction Fare – Top 10 Reasons Why We Love Laia
Sept. 1st | My Friends Are Fiction – Review
Sept. 2nd | Forever Young Adult – A Book Inspired Cocktail
Sept. 5th | A Perfection Called Books – Gif-y Review
Sept. 6th | Bookish Lifestyle
Sept. 7th | Fiktshun – Top 10 Reasons Why I Love Elias
Sept. 8th | Two Chicks On Books – Favorite Quotes
Sept. 9th | The Fandom – A Torch Against the Night Playlist
Sept. 12th | Icey Books – A Torch Against the Night Wallpaper
Sept. 13th | Oh, the Book Feels! – Gif Review
Sept. 14th | What Sarah Read – Review
Sept. 15th | The Young Folks – Sabaa Tahir’s Favorite Fan Art
Sept. 16th | Mundie Moms – 10 Reasons to Love Helene