Welcome back to the re-read campaign for the EMBER Quartet leading up to the release of the highly anticipated Reaper At The Gates by Sabaa Tahir! This week we’re re-reading book two, A Torch Against the Night, and sharing some of our favorite moments from the series thus far. Check out our favorite moments below and let us know what your favorite moments are:
-The beginning of An Ember In The Ashes: this might seem like an easy choice but the way Sabaa introduces the world and the main characters (Laia! Elias! Helene! Darin!) is so captivating and well-done. The first chapters of AEITA create an engrossing foundation for the rest of the books.
-In An Ember In The Ashes when Elias helps Laia while she has an infection: this is the first real moment of connection between the two of them. Laia has to get over her distrust of Elias (because he is the Commandant’s son) and Elias’s good character gets a chance to shine. It’s a brief moment in the span of the book but shows that Elias is more than his bloodline.
-The Keenan reveal in A Torch Against the Night: I’m going to try to avoid spoilers but…. Be warned that this is a major turning point. My reaction when this reveal was made was something along the lines of “WHAT? HOW CAN THIS BE? SABAA IS AN EVIL GENIUS. POOR LAIA. WHAT HAPPENS NOW?!??!” When one of the seemingly trustworthy characters suddenly shows his true colors, the plot of A Torch Against the Night really begins to accelerate. I did not see this moment coming and that made it all the more surprising and enjoyable.
-When Mamie Rila protects Elias and Laia from Helene in A Torch Against the Night: Mamie Rila plays a huge part in saving Elias from Helene as he and Laia are on the run. Both Helene and Elias were basically raised by Mamie and she has to choose which one to protect and which one to lie to despite her love for both. It’s one of the most heroic moments of the series.
-When Elias accepts his new role at the end of A Torch Against the Night: Again, I’m trying to avoid spoilers but WHOA was this character evolution surprising. Elias’s deal with the Soul Catcher leaves him in a very unique place and I can’t wait to see how it plays a role in A Reaper At The Gates.
About the book:
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.
What are your favorite moments from the EMBER series so far?
Blog tour schedule:
AN EMBER IN THE ASHES
April 30 – PageTravels – Creative Bookstagram Picture
May 1 – My Friends are Fiction – Review
May 2 – YA Books Central – Graphic Pictures
May 3 – Star-crossed Book Blog – Review + Creative Instagram Picture
May 4 – ButterMyBooks – Review
May 5 – Icey Books – Creative Instagram Picture
May 7 – PaperTrailYa – Reasons to Start Reading The Series
May 8 – The Book Feels – Review + Creative Cover Instagram
May 9 – A Perfection Called Books – Reasons to Start Reading The Series
May 10 – ABibliophilesbkm – Creative Instagram Picture + Observations Blog Post
May 11 – The Young Folks – Reasons to start reading the series with GIFS
May 12 – @DarkFaerieTales – Creative Instagram Picture
A TORCH AGAINST THE NIGHT
May 14 – PageTravels – Creative Bookstagram Picture
May 15 – My Friends are Fiction – Review
May 16 – YA Books Central – Graphic Pictures
May 17 – Star-crossed Book Blog – Favorite Moments In The Series + Hopes For Book 3
May 18 – ButterMyBooks – Helene Aesthetic
May 19 – Icey Books – Creative Instagram Picture
May 21 – PaperTrailYa – Theories About Book Three
May 22 – The Book Feels – Review + Creative Cover Instagram
May 23 – A Perfection Called Books – Helene Appreciation Post
May 24 – ABibliophilesbkm – The character’s choices, consequences, and expectations
May 25 – The Young Folks – Favorite Moments
May 26 – @DarkFaerieTales – Creative Instagram Picture
May 28 – Fiction Fare – Reasons Why You Should Be Reading The Series
May 29 – Book Is Glee – Creative Instagram Post
May 30 – That’s Normal – Catch Up + Book Three Predictions + Fan Art
May 31 – Bibliophile Gathering – Favorite Moments From Book 2
June 1 – The Fandom – Author Interview
June 2 – The Eater of Books! – 100 Thoughts I had While Reading Book Two
A REAPER AT THE GATES
June 4 – PageTravels – Creative Bookstagram Picture
June 5 – My Friends are Fiction – Reasons to Read the Series
June 6 – YA Books Central – Graphic Pictures
June 7 – Star-crossed Book Blog – Elias Appreciation Post
June 8 – ButterMyBooks – What to do after reading the book
June 9 – Icey Books – Creative Instagram Picture
June 11 – PaperTrailYa – Theories About Book Three
June 12 – The Book Feels – Review + Creative Cover Instagram
June 13 – A Perfection Called Books – How our lives will never be the same
June 14 – ABibliophilesbkm – Creative Instagram Post + Character’s Playlist
June 15 – The Young Folks – What to read after you’ve finished REAPER AT THE GATES
June 16 – @DarkFaerieTales – Creative Instagram Picture
June 18 – Fiction Fare – Books To Tide You Over While You Wait For The Next Book
June 19 – Book Is Glee – Creative Instagram Post
June 20 – That’s Normal – Review + What To Read Next
June 21 – Bibliophile Gathering – Favorite Character Appreciation Post
June 22 – The Fandom – Top 5 Most Important Moments in the series so far
June 23 – The Eater of Books! – Top Ten Reasons to Stan Laia