Book Review: A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir

A Torch Against the Night

When a teenage girl escapes enslavement at an egregious warrior academy, she partners with a warrior who himself is in danger from the corruption within. Monsters, human and inhuman, haunt them, threaten them, and take lives and souls on their journey to free her brother from a high security prison amidst a bubbling rebellion in the empire.


  • Just as book 1 was eloquent, well-developed, and intriguing, so was book 2.
  • The outcome of the love triangle was incredibly satisfying to me as someone who dislikes romance tropes like that.
  • The inclusion of Hel’s perspective rounded out the story and provided a humanizing element to several important characters.
  • The devastation of war and the role of political corruption in the plot was enthralling and heart wrenching.

Least Favorites:

  • Can’t say that I liked Keenan, but I guess I shouldn’t have…

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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