“Don’t lock yourself away from those who care about you because you think you’ll hurt them or they’ll hurt you. What point is there in being human if you don’t let yourself feel anything?”
The plot is thicker, more intense and sophisticated, the settings more imaginative, wide ranging and explorative and even though the romance is hot and palpable, it doesn’t overwhelm the plot. The romantic tensions between Eliasand Laia are always there leaving me excited and giddy over what might happen next. But bleeding skies! , I understand Laia is weak and fragile but, ten hells! …
Good thing, the book is more than the romance and objectionable love triangle and I’m thankful for the enlightenment about the meanings of both “An Ember in the Ashes” and “A Torch against the Night”. I was like “ooooh” and “aaaah” on the parts where these symbolisms came through.
The richness and complexity in characterization of both major and minor characters is topnotch and the three POVs made the plot more gripping and colorful although I have to admit, my fear of the Commandant sort of diminished. I was scared the crap out of her in the first book but for some reason, I didn’t find her general aura very impressive in the second which sort of reduced the thrill I felt over the plot as a whole. But overall, it was an interesting, adventurous and gripping fantasy/dystopian read and I wouldn’t mind seeing the series through the end.