A Torch Against The Night - Sabaa Tahir
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.
4/5 stars (really liked it)
I didn't think I would like this book as much as the first one, but I was wrong. I love the developing story and love between Elias and Laia. I was not too crazy about Helene in the last book and in this one I really grew to understand her and love her. Keenan and Izzy both come back in this book and I love the things we find out about them. The bad guys, Marcus, Commandant and Warden are all really, really bad guys. I cannot wait to see what happens to all the characters in the next book.