Hero at the Fall by Alwyn Hamilton
“The Rebel Prince will rise again. He will bring a new dawn. A new desert.”
I received a free copy of this book from Allen and Unwin in exchange for an honest review. All my thoughts and comments are entirely my own.
Hero at the Fall was action-packed, badass, atmospheric and bloody emotional! Wonderful finale to a kickass trilogy!
Since this is a review of the third book in the trilogy, below may contain spoilers for Rebel of the Sands and Traitor to the Throne, if you haven’t read either of these, don’t read any further. You have been warned.
Miraji is a desert country at war, with threats inside and outside it’s boarders and a tyrannical Sultan sitting on the throne, it is time for the desert to rise.
The rebellion is here, with the Blue-Eyed Bandit in control of the rebels, she must fight for the desert that runs through her veins. The Sultan’s armies and inventions are advancing but with the Rebel’s strewn across the desert, how will the fight for the throne end?
Oh my goodness guys… It’s over, the final book in the Rebel of the Sands trilogy is here and it’s all I could have hoped for. I laughed, I cried, I was on the edge of my seat the whole time, and I was ultimately really emotional about the journey that we have been taken on in this trilogy. Alwyn Hamilton has created a story that was an absolute joy to read, even though the emotional roller-coaster was 100% real! Rebel of the Sands was the first book I read when I started book reviewing and book blogging, and I am sad that the ride is over, but it was a fantastic one!
The writing within Hero at the Fall really stepped it up a notch from the previous books in the trilogy. Amani’s point of view was still a wonderful view to read from, however the added storyteller sections in this novel were a perfect addition! I loved getting a behind the scenes look at past events, and I think it added a fairy-tale element to the story which drew me in! Alwyn’s writing feels very effortless, and mythology is weaved beautifully into the story.
As with the first two books in the series, Hero at the Fall is fast paced and action packed. I am a huge fan of fast paced novels, and this one definitely did not disappoint. However, weirdly enough, what I enjoyed most in this novel was the slow moments. I felt like this was Alwyn’s chance to delve into the characters and ensure their dynamics as a group could shine. This is definitely my favourite book of the trilogy in that respect, it was crafted very thoughtfully and everything worked harmoniously together.
The characters within Hero at the Fall are beautifully written, layered and complex. Alwyn has a way of connecting the reader to the characters, and I felt such an emotional bond to all of the characters within the story!
Amani was a fierce fighter, who could be equal parts selfish and selfless. The complexity to her character intrigued me and one moment I was yelling at her while reading, and other times I was nearly in tears at the battles she faced. Amani is a leading lady that you want to follow, she’s not flawless, but she developed so much through the books which I loved to see. While Amani and I had our ups and downs, Jin I loved from the beginning. He is the perfect male lead within the fantasy genre, gentle but deadly, strong and sweet. His character is accepting of others choices, and doesn’t try to change them, but lets them be free to make their own decisions and supports them throughout. The romance in this novel didn’t take away from the main plot, and what I LOVED was that it didn’t have any unnecessary drama. It just developed beautifully along with the story, and it had me in tears many times! It’s too beautiful my heart can’t handle it!
I want to note right now that if I could have a story based on Jin from his perspective, I definitely would fight for that! However, I have one more favourite character that I need to mention, and that of course is Shazad! She’s just an overall badass, and I cannot rave enough about her. Her dynamics with Amani are what I live for, and I think as a character she is so underrated!
Overall, this book was a magnificent ending to a wonderful, unique, diverse and entertaining trilogy. It was an emotional but perfect finale, and I love how everything rounded off. It felt like the story was complete, and I am very sad it’s over. I would highly recommend this to YA Fantasy readers!
Favourite Quote: “Once there was a boy from the sea who fell in love with a girl from the desert… He feared that she might burn him alive or that he might drown her. Until finally he stopped fighting it and set himself on fire for her.”
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