A Beautiful, Brutal Book
There is so much I love about this book. There is so much about this book that could have been better, and I don’t know how to start.
It was a year and three months after I put down the prequel did I get the chance to read A Torch Against The Night, and yet, for Laia and Elias and Helene and the rest of the billions living in the Empire, it was mere MINUTES. Needless to say, I was pulled in.
The beginning of Torch was SO SO Good, and it started falling flat in the middle, with a plot twist somewhere in there that was supposed to make me feel something, but didn’t, and then a very predictable ending, rather abrupt ending. Let me explain…
Things that made me SERIOUSLY Fangirl:
1. HELENE AQUILLA:
After reading TWO pages in her viewpoint, I knew I NEEDED MORE. I didn’t think much of her in book one, just thought she was an unnecessary complication to the inevitable Laia-Elias soul deep love but OH SAINTS ABOVE. Helene Aquilla is BADASS, LOYAL, BRAVE and in so much pain, I just wanted to reach in and hug her, despite the fact that she would probably run her scims across my throat, but still.
A truly WONDERFUL character development, and I absolutely loved (and hunted down) her POV Chapters.
Also, HELIAS SHIPPER HERE. Go away and drown somewhere Laia.
2. ELIAS IN ‘MASK’ MODE:
Yes, I’m evil. And possibly sociopathic, but some of my FAVOURITE Elias scenes were when he LET GO of his human side and let the years of intense Mask training take over, to protect and to survive. It was BEAUTIFUL to see such a well-tuned killer mind at work, and really gave it all this raw authenticity.
3. KERIS VETURIA:
Yes, she’s terrible. She tortured Laia, and she’s an all-around bully, but just TAKE A STEP BACK and ADMIRE the sheer genius of this lady’s mind, and her ability to PLOT and PLOT and have backup plans for her backup plans. She’s ruthless, power hungry and a terrible human being but WOW. #respect
Things that made me go “UM.”:
1. THE SOUL CATCHER:
UM. OKAY. SO. THAT happened. As soon as I she introduced herself, I KNEW what was coming, and I was DESPERATELY hoping for it not to. It’s just so DONE, this trope, that I hoped it wasn’t true. I hated this whole story arc. If you read it, you’ll know what I’m talking about…
2. THE ENDING:
THERE WAS SO MUCH CHAOS, ALL OVER THE PAGES, (Chaos = Plot Twists, Coups and DEATH) THAT I LOVED IT. I was so prepared for an ending that would DESTROY me, or hoping for it at least, but I flipped a page, and all the chaos had VANISHED. We were suddenly in a calm period that DID NOT go with the theme of the book and it made me want to cry.
All in all, a BRUTAL, BEAUTIFUL book that had the potential to be EVERYTHING, but fell slightly short of the mark.
4 stars. AND I’M WAITING FOR THE SEQUEL.