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A torch against the night

by Tahir, Sabaa,

Format: Book on CD 2016
Availability: Available at 3 Libraries 3 of 3 copies
Available (3)
Location Collection Call #
Baldwin Borough Library Young Adult CD BK YA TAH
Location  Baldwin Borough Library
Collection  Young Adult
Call Number  CD BK YA TAH
Northern Tier Regional Library Young Adult YA CD/BK FIC TAHIR
Location  Northern Tier Regional Library
Collection  Young Adult
Western Allegheny Community Library Young Adult Audio Visual YA CDBOOK TAHIR
Location  Western Allegheny Community Library
Collection  Young Adult Audio Visual

Book two in the New York Times bestselling series
A USA Today bestseller
A Wall Street Journal bestseller

" Spectacular ." -- Entertainment Weekly

" Fresh and exciting ...Tahir has shown a remarkable talent for penning complex villains." -- A.V. Club

"Even higher stakes than its predecessor... thrilling ." -- Publishers Weekly , starred review

"[An] action-packed , breathlessly paced story." -- Booklist , starred review

Set in a rich, high-fantasy world inspired by ancient Rome, Sabaa Tahir's AN EMBER IN THE ASHES told the story of Laia, a slave fighting for her family, and Elias, a young soldier fighting for his freedom.

Now, in A TORCH AGAINST THE NIGHT, 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.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "*Starred Review* The sequel to Tahir's best-selling An Ember in the Ashes (2015) finds Elias and Laia on the run from Elias' mother aka the unspeakably evil Commandant and the vapid but vicious Emperor Marcus. Their destination: the Kauf Prison, where they hope to free Laia's brother, who knows the secret of serric steel, which just might save Laia's people, the Scholars, from extinction by the Empire. But Elias has been poisoned and his strength is ebbing, and their quest is further complicated by the presence of the rebel Keenan, who is Elias' rival for Laia's love. In the face of all this, how can they possibly succeed? Indeed, how can they survive? To answer these questions, Tahir tells her story from three first-person points of view, that of Laia, Elias, and interestingly Helene, once Elias' close friend but now, as the Blood Shrike, his sworn enemy, dispatched to capture him and Laia. Infusing her story with magic, Tahir proves to be a master of suspense and a canny practitioner of the cliff-hanger, riveting readers' attention throughout. As for her coprotagonists, they remain captivating characters who invite strong reader empathy, and their action-packed, breathlessly paced story is enthralling and surely thanks to unresolved loose ends to be followed by book three. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Major conference promotion we've already started seeing the skyscraper-size banners might push this to greater heights than the first book.--Cart, Michael Copyright 2016 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "The sequel to Tahir's bestselling An Ember in the Ashes picks up where the last installment left off: Laia and Elias, fresh from the Trials that made them both traitors, barely escape the city of Serra with their lives as a Scholar rebellion tears the city apart. Elias is sworn to help Laia rescue her brother, Darin, from the prison of Kauf, held there for his knowledge of steelmaking secrets that could bring the end of the Martial empire. But Helene Aquilla, the new emperor's Blood Shrike and Elias's best friend from childhood, has orders to hunt down both of the fugitives or forfeit her own family's lives. Watching them all is the commandant of Blackcliff, ruthless in her hatred and hiding a sinister agenda of her own. The shifting network of alliances and betrayals can almost be too elaborate to follow at times, but Tahir's skill with her characters is more than enough to hold readers' attention. This sequel has a darker tone and even higher stakes than its predecessor, setting the stage for a thrilling conclusion. Ages 14-up. Agent: Alexandra Machinist, ICM Partners. (Aug.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Series Tahir, Sabaa. Ember in the ashes. bk. 2.
#1 - An Ember in the ashes
#2 - A Torch against the night
#3 - A reaper at the gates
Subjects Fugitives from justice -- Fiction.
Prisons -- Fiction.
Brothers and sisters -- Fiction.
Publisher [New York] :2016
Edition Unabridged.
Contributors McEwan, Katharine, narrator.
Hardingham, Fiona, narrator.
West, Steve (Actor), narrator.
Participants/Performers Read by Katharine McEwan, Fiona Hardingham and Steve West.
Audience 9-12.
Language English
Notes Title from container.
Compact discs.
Description 13 audio discs (15 hr., 10 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
ISBN 9780147525031
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