Waiting on Wednesday: A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme, hosted at Breaking the Spine, which puts the spotlight on eagerly anticipated upcoming releases.

September 2016 is looking so promising for YA fantasy releases, especially sequels, so I had to decide on which one I was most looking forward to for this WoW post. Now drum roll please… Sabaa Tahir’s A Torch Against the Night won out in the end!

A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir

Publication date: 8 September 2016 by Harper Voyager (UK)

Genre: Fantasy, Romance, Young Adult

Synopsis: 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. (Goodreads)

Why I’m looking forward to it: I read the first in the series, An Ember in the Ashes, earlier this year (review here) and the series has totally made it’s way onto my top 10 YA fantasy series list. I had lots of questions, especially about the wider story arc, after the way the first book ended so I’m really looking forward to getting some more answers and seeing the fallout of Elias and Laia’s choices. Also really interested to see Laia and Elias interact more under different circumstances (some more romance perchance? Sue me.) and how they’ll have matured now that they’re more clued up about what they’re dealing with. 

There were also some great supporting and secondary characters, with intriguing back stories so I’m hoping to see some cameos in the book. A Torch Against the Night is the middle book in the series so I’m fully expecting to have more answers by the end, but if the first book is anything to go by, it’ll be quite the rollercoaster of drama and feels! 

What upcoming releases are you looking forward to?

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