Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Format Read: Paperback
Published by Faber & Faber on February 1st 2018
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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?
In the concluding book of the series, we join the rebel gang for one last hurrah as they fight against the odds with half the party captured at the end of the second novel. With Ahmed presumed dead and Shazad gone, Amani must step into the role of leader and strategist and ensure that the remaining rebels survive as enemies close in on all fronts.
Alywn Hamilton is a wonderful storyteller — never once did I feel like her words were there for the sake of beefing up the pages. Each word added to the story and left me breathless as we followed Amani and Jin across the desert to find their captured friends and end the war once and for all.
Aside from the flawless storytelling, Hamilton has introduced me to a bunch of characters over the course of the trilogy that has truly captured my reader’s heart. From the fierce and badass Amani, to protective Jin, to the military-minded Shazad, to beautiful Hala and the shapeshifting twins, there wasn’t a single character that felt filler. That in itself is an accomplishment in itself — having a cast of characters that are beloved by your readers. Safe to say that not only did I feel joy and excitement, but also sadness as we met with hiccups along the way.
I’m going to miss this world — the mix of the Arabian and western setting made it a captivating journey from start to finish. I really hope Alwyn is planning to add to this world as I would love to read more about Jin’s mother’s country and its folklore.
Loose ends were tied up, my favourite couple found happiness — what a satisfying ending overall. An epic conclusion to a beloved series, Hero at the Fall did not disappoint at all.
Thank you to Allen & Unwin Australia for providing a copy in exchange for an honest review.