The sequel to Sabaa Tahir’s An Ember in the Ashes is one of our most anticipated books for 2016, so of course we loved catching up with her and talking Ember, her inspiration and the things that keep us coming back for more: the courage, hope, love and family in this series. And we just had to ask for a sneak peek into what we can look forward to for Elias and Laia in the sequel, A Torch Against the Night! Plus, we love hearing that Helene steps up front and center in this one!

A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir

Now 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.