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review 2017-10-22 10:25
#69 - A Torch Against The Night by Sabaa Tahir
A Torch Against the Night - Sabaa Tahir

I read an Ember in the Ashes last year (in november 2016) and I discovered an amazing new world. I felt in love with Elias, Laia, Helene and all the other characters. It was one of my favourite read of 2016. It took me quite a long time to pick up A Torch Against the Night, and I was not disappointed by it when I finally did.

I was a bit confused at times; there are many new developments that I did not see coming and that I did not know how relevant they were to the plot. Some of them were revealed during the book, but some other elements left me perplexed and I can’t wait to learn more about in the next book.

 

I love Laia, she must be one of my favourite female character of all time. She is strong and independent, but tend to rely on other people sometimes, before realizing she can control her own destiny and do what the hell she wants to do. She is sometimes conflicted between those emotions, and as I said in my review of the first book, it made her so realistic, I liked that a lot.

 

Elias can be annoying because he is really stubborn. I just want to slap him sometimes. But he has such a great heart you cannot help but love him. Elias struggles between two identities, he is trying to understand what defines him. He will also do anything to protect those he loved, which is good, but he never thinks about himself and that can be pretty destructive.

 

Helene is an amazing character but I did not get enough of her and it was a bit sad. I really enjoy this character and her struggle between being loyal to the Empire and saving her best friend’s life. Just like Elias, she tries to protect everyone and it is not always working… I can’t wait to see what is going to happen to her in the next book.

 

I really enjoyed the events of this book and I can’t wait to read more about all these characters in A Reaper at the Gates (April 2018).

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text 2017-10-08 13:52
Reading progress update: I've read 14%.
Elias & Laia - Die Herrschaft der Masken - Sabaa Tahir,Barbara Imgrund

Actually listening to it. And loving it so far.

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review 2017-10-07 00:00
A Torch Against the Night
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A Torch Against the Night - Sabaa Tahir

Wow there were some twists to that ending that I did not see coming. Great, deep character development and the three key POVs were well done.

 

This was definitely pushing the line for me of too dark/violent/depressing though, what with the level of dystopia and widespread murder and such. It pulls through on the strength of the characters, some unexpected developments and the extra splashes of magic around the edges. Also, some excellent use of language - keep an eye out for the awesome adjectives.

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review 2017-10-05 00:00
An Ember in the Ashes
An Ember in the Ashes - Sabaa Tahir It took me a lot to get into this book - I'd put it down and not really care about picking it back up for the first 1/3-1/2, which I think was due to a combination of the dual POV narrative and the dark and dystopian setting. However, when I did pick it up I'd get sucked into the story and by the end quite enjoyed it.

The author references being inspired by a sort of ancient Roman setting, which makes sense as there's quite varied representation in characters - I'd guessed sort of north Middle Eastern or Mediterranean - with blond hair, blue/grey eyes, darker skin and hair, tribesmen etc. all referenced. The tension seems as much class-based as racial, though I guess the classes are all based on different regional origins in the story world? It was fairly underplayed, which I was fine with. I'm more interested in character-based stories than fantasy that's too concerned with its political machinations and overly clever worldbuilding anyways.

And on that note, I appreciated the underdog/rebel character coming from a place of fear and weakness with a strong (albeit traumatic) growth arc, and being balanced by pair of sort of opposite supporting characters from the ruling class who display female dominance in different ways.

The amount, detail and frequency of the traumatic stuff right up front had a bit of an off-putting effect for me instead of feeling high-tension and dramatic, but the overall story has a lot of hope and character. Generally a good read, well executed, detailed and engaging. I'll stick around for the series.
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review 2017-07-20 00:00
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Untitled - Sabaa Tahir Untitled - Sabaa Tahir I'mma need a minute to think about this one. I just...yeah.
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