A Torch Against the Night
Tahir’s sequel picks up right where her bestselling An Ember in the Ashes (2015) left off. Elias and Laia have barely escaped Serra with their lives and are heading north to the Kauf Prison. They're determined to rescue Laia’s brother Darin whose knowledge of steelmaking secrets could potentially bring an end to the Martial Empire. Their journey will be extremely dangerous because Helene Aquilla, the new emperor’s Blood Shrike and Elias’ best friend from childhood, has orders to hunt down both of the fugitives. They're also trying to evade Elias' unspeakably evil mother, the Commandant, who is scheming to seize power and is willing to poison her own son to achieve her ends. Hunted by Empire soldiers, manipulated by the Commandant, and haunted by the ghosts of their pasts, Laia and Elias must outsmart their enemies and try and save the Scholars from extinction.
Don't You Trust Me?
Kindl (A School for Brides (2015) shifts her focus from historical fiction to the present day in this fast-paced thriller about fifteen-year-old Morgan who is not like most girls. She has always been a “cold one,” amoral and uninterested in anyone but herself. Even her parents are afraid of her and decide to enroll Morgan in a boarding school for troubled teens. At the airport she meets Janelle who is being sent to upstate New York to live with relatives she hasn’t seen in years. She convinces Janelle to swap places with her and helps the lovelorn teen sneak off with her boyfriend in exchange for her plane ticket. Morgan fits right into her affluent "family," and creates a new life in which she manipulates the entire community into thinking she's a selfless, upstanding citizen. But time is running out and when the real Janelle shows up, Morgan discovers she's not as clever as she thought.
Eight Rivers of Shadow
In Hunt’s high stakes sequel to Thirteen Days of Midnight (2015), reluctant necromancer Luke Manchett thought his paranormal problems ended months ago when he banished his father’s Host of powerful ghosts. Aside from the haunting dreams spawned by his father’s Book of Eight and worrying about a deal he made with the devil, Luke is right. All he wants is to blend into the background at high school and enjoy time with his girlfriend, Elza. But then an American exchange student, Ash shows up at his school in northeast England. She is also a necromancer and wants to use Luke’s magic and his highly dangerous Book of Eight to save her twin sister from certain death in the spirit world. Luke soon learns that Ash hasn't told him the entire truth. She knows more about necromancy than he does and it appears Ash knows what she’s doing, but can she be trusted?
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