Backlist Blast #9 – A Torch Against the Night!

July 5, 2018Victoria @ The Contented Reader

Happy Thursday, everyone! We’re coming close to another end of another week! I hope all my fellow Canadians had a nice, relaxing, long weekend. And, I hope my American followers had a nice Fourth of July yesterday!

Today’s Backlist Blast post features an epic fantasy series that I’ve heard rave reviews about – and after reading the first book recently, I can’t wait to continue!

For those of you who are unfamiliar, Backlist Blast is a weekly meme hosted by Flavia from Flavia the Bibliophile and Milana from A Couple Reads. The purpose of the meme is to showcase books that were published at least six months prior to the publishing of these blog posts. These books can either be past favourites, or just books on those huge TBR lists we have!

A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir

Publisher: Razorbill | Release: August 30th, 2016

Please Note: if you have not read the first book, you may not want to read the synopsis of the sequel, which is pasted down below.


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.

I can’t wait to read this book – I just can’t believe it has taken me this long to read this series. If you haven’t read it yet, definitely check it out!

What were your thoughts on A Torch Against the Night? Have you read A Reaper at the Gates yet?

Happy Reading!

- Victoria (1)


  • Bookish Pisces

    July 5, 2018 at 6:01 pm

    I just finished An Ember in the Ashes!!! I was so on edge that entire book I can’t wait to start A Torch Against the Night, I just bought the e-book. I hope you love it let me know how you like it 🙈

    1. Victoria @ Rocky Reads

      July 5, 2018 at 8:59 pm

      RIGHT? So full of suspense the whole time I read it! I will for sure 🙂 I hope you enjoy it too!

  • Flavia

    July 5, 2018 at 7:33 pm

    Ahhh I need to read this series so badly!!!! Thanks so much for participating 😀

    1. Victoria @ Rocky Reads

      July 5, 2018 at 8:59 pm

      YES! Seriously, it was so good, Flavia! I loved Ember so much!!

      1. Flavia

        July 6, 2018 at 11:55 pm

        Yay! That’s so good to hear!!!

  • Kelly W

    July 6, 2018 at 1:13 am

    The release of the final (I think?) book in the series has reminded me that I… still haven’t read this one. It isn’t that I disliked An Ember in the Ashes I just… somehow never got around to continuing on. It does sound really good though and I’m looking forward to picking it up again at some point.

    1. Victoria @ Rocky Reads

      July 6, 2018 at 1:35 am

      I think there is still one more coming out! I hope you pick it up at some point and enjoy it 🙂

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