Hero at the Fall (Rebel of the Sands Trilogy) Paperback – 1 Feb 2018
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Highly anticipated conclusion to the epic Rebel of the Sands trilogy - a genre-busting Wild West meets Arabian Nights fantasy
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Once, in the desert country of Miraji, there was a Sultan without an heir.
The heir had been killed by his own brother, the treacherous Rebel Prince, who was consumed by jealousy and sought the throne for himself.
Or so it was said by some. There were others who said that the Rebel Prince was not a traitor but a hero...
In the final battle for the throne, Amani must fight for everything she believes in, but with the rebellion in pieces, and the Sultan's armies advancing across the desert plains, who will lead, who will triumph, who will live and who will die?
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Hero at the Fall begins maybe a few days or so from where we ended in Traitor to the Throne, with a very beaten down and broken rebellion. Their leader and general captured along with the majority of the rest, the few still free, now led by Amani, struggle to come up with a solid plan to retaliate against the Sultan. One thing they know for sure is that they need to save their friends, but with time clearly not on their side who will be left alive if and when they finally reach them.
My complete and utter love for this trilogy has seemingly come out of nowhere. I really liked Rebel of the Sands but it was definitely Traitor to the Throne that fully had me invested in this story and its characters. Since this is the authors first novels I had no idea what this final chapter would be like. Would Alwyn Hamilton be the author that kills everyone? Will she put them all in near-death experiences only to have them pull through at the last minute? Will she kill all my faves?
I didn't know.
I do now.
See, Alwyn Hamilton is one of the worst kinds of authors. She is constantly playing with your heart. Shame on you!
Honestly, there wasn't a page in this book that I read without gripping fear coursing through every part of me. The suspense and pacing was masterful. I didn't want to put it down because I needed to know, but I was also tentative to read it because I was scared of what I would find. This shows how much Hamilton has made me care for these characters over the course of these books. I just want them all to be happy and safe and alive! I didnt' think that was too much to ask.
The world just keeps getting bolder and bigger. With each book it has become more vivid and amazing in my mind. This is the first book in this trilogy to feature a map at the front and I'd be lying if I said I didn't spend a good 5 minutes, both before and after, just looking at the map and thinking of how far our rebellion has travelled. I would also flick to it at some points during the book to see where we were. The magic and the Djinni are amazing! I want to be a Djinni! Seriously Amani makes a boat sail over sand, that would be awesome!
I adore these characters. It was the main thing that stuck out for me a year and a half ago when I first read Rebel and I still love them now. I think if you're going to include things like war or a rebellion were the reader will pick a side you have to have characters the reader can really root for otherwise they may not pick the side they're supposed to. Trust me I was fully rooting for the other side in Zenith. With this trilogy I have never not been fully rooting for the rebellion and that is because the characters are extremely likeable and Hamilton never tries to make them what they aren't.
Something that stood out for me in Hero is that Amani never acts as if she knows what she's doing when it comes to leading the rebels in Ahmed and Shazad's absence. She is constantly thinking about what they would do and trying to be like them and it's a change from heroins seemingly knowing what to do in every circumstance. Every character has their strengths and each has their flaws, but they never try to hind them from each other. They admire each others strengths and support each others weaknesses and they feel like a family. There's nothing fake and the friendship and love they have each other is so well written.
I've always loved how it never felt like Hamilton was forcing Amani and Jin's relationship on you. it has never been the primary focus but it is there and it comes across so natural and I love that. I also love Amani and Shazad's friendship it is seriously underrated. I truly adore these characters and there was many a time I had tears in my eyes when reading. Sometimes it was when a character died, others it was just from the thought of one dying.
One thing I will say, is that if you are expecting this book to be one big battle you will come up a little short here. I didn't realise until after I had finished it, but the final battle is like 30/40 pages long. We spend the majority of the book searching for and trying to save Ahmed, Shazad and company from captivity. I'd be lying if I said I thought this was how the book was going to go. I thought we'd have everybody out within the first quarter, halfway at the least. However, that wasn't the case because, obviously, things would be too easy that way. But, like I said, I didn't realise this until after I had read the book so the lack of big battles does not slow the pace at all.
I will admit, I think I preferred Traitor so I may have to bump that one up to 5 stars.
I don't want to end this review, because then it makes this trilogy ending more real and I don't want to say goodbye to this yet. It is a very fitting conclusion. The final chapter is more like an epilogue and fully ties this trilogy up, ends it and lets you know the fates and lives of much loved characters. It's very satisfying. It's one of those ending that makes you sit there for about 5 minutes because you have no idea what else to do. I still don't know what to do and it's been about 4 hours since I finished it.
Following two books of Amani and her friends’ fraught and emotional journey, this book is the climax to all she’s learnt about herself and the world she lives in. This is a showdown of power, society’s rule and the individual relationships within. This made me laugh and cry, gasp and groan. I won’t give away any details but, suffice to say, it is an emotional rollercoaster of adventure that doesn’t disappoint in delivering the action or the quieter emotional moments.
Alwyn Hamilton’s writing style means she wastes no words, delivering vast detail and depth in an effortless way that is a delight to read. She’s brought the series to a masterful end. Yet, I was bereft that it was over. I can’t wait to read whatever she writes next. If you haven’t read this trilogy, I recommend you do.
I had been dying to find something to help cure my The City of Brass book-hangover, and these books did just that. Every fantasy lover should read them.
For those who have read the first two, you won't need any recommendations from me - it's as good as the others and a great end to the trilogy, and if you're looking at this third book in a trilogy, you really need to go and read the whole series. It's fast paced, with liberal amounts of magic and civil unrest and clashing cultures. Also, sass and sharpshooters.
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