Behold, the one and only series I own in which I have a different edition for each installment 😂 + spoiler-free review!
Title: Hero at the Fall
Author: Alwyn Hamilton
My Rating: 4.25 stars! ⭐️
When gunslinging Amani Al’Hiza escaped her dead-end town, she never imagined she’d join a revolution, let alone lead one. But after the bloodthirsty Sultan of Miraji imprisoned the Rebel Prince Ahmed in the mythical city of Eremot, she doesn’t have a choice. Armed with only her revolver, her wits, and her untameable Demdji powers, Amani must rally her skeleton crew of rebels for a rescue mission through the unforgiving desert to a place that, according to maps, doesn’t exist. As she watches those she loves most lay their lives on the line against ghouls and enemy soldiers, Amani questions whether she can be the leader they need or if she is leading them all to their deaths.
A fantastic end, to a fantastic trilogy. This is one of those series in which I am so not ready to let go of yet.
The development of this world is incredible. In book one, everything seems so small and narrowed into this one section of the world, but as the series continues, you become so captivated with all the new settings and the new characters you meet along the way. It’s what makes the story so amazing and heart-wrenching at the same time.
Since book two was focused more on what was going on in the palace and the politics of Miraji, Hero at the Fall was more centered on the knowledge of this, and how they can use this information to not make the same mistakes that the current Sultan is implementing.
The characters in this book are definitely a favorite part of this series for me. The good guys are written so well, but so are the bad guys! Everything about the Sultan is so complex and different in a way that really gets you thinking. Also the friendship between Amani and Shazad most definitely holds the number one spot for female friendships on my list, because they are so positive and so supportive of each other! I love every single scene with them together. I really need more amazing female friendships exactly like Amani and Shazad in YA!
While this was not my favorite book in the trilogy (Traitor to the Throne still holds my heart) this is definitely a close second. The ending was so satisfying, something I feel like RARELY happens in books. Everything wrapped up pretty close to perfect, and while I did have problems with certain characters not getting enough story time in the book, the way the epilogue was written kinda sorta made up for it.
I also struggled through the first 100 ish pages of the book, because it didn’t really feel like anything was happening. Once I pushed past that, the story flew right by me.
Overall, I highly recommend this series if you haven’t already had the chance to read it. I’m so sad that it’s the last book, but I’m happy enough with the way things ended that I can manage not to be too upset about it being the finale.
I hope you guys enjoyed this review, and I hope that I convinced some of you to add Rebel of the Sands to your TBR, because it’s soooooooo good!
Thanks for reading!