Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Book Review: Hero at the Fall by Alwyn Hamilton

Hero at the Fall
Author: Alwyn Hamilton
Series: Rebel of the Sands (Book 3)
Publication: Viking Books for Young Readers (March 6, 2018)

Description: The breathless finale to the New York Times bestselling Rebel of the Sands series will have you on the edge of your seat until the dust from the final battle clears!

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.

My Thoughts: The Rebellion has hit a low point when this story begins. Amani and just a few remaining revolutionaries are trapped in the Sultan's city surrounded by a ring of fire fueled by an invention Leyla made and powered by the death of a djinn. They need to find a way out of the city and rescue Prince Ahmed, Shazad, and other revolutionaries imprisoned by the sultan in the same prison that holds the Destroyer of Worlds.

But rescuing the imprisoned revolutionaries is only one step to overthrowing the sultan and stopping the conquest of the desert country of Miraji by greedy neighbors who want to wipe out magic. Amani being a demdji herself must battle herself and all sorts of enemies to reach her goal. I love the way she has to make decisions that she doesn't feel at all confident to make. When she frees a djinn on her journey, he promises to help her get what she wants in return for his freedom. But Amani isn't sure what she wants and knows that the djinn is just looking for a loophole to get his revenge on humanity.

I liked the writing style in this book. I liked that there were chapters that turned their adventures into heroic stories that would long be told in Miraji. I liked the way the stories rewrote the characters to make their battle cleaner and sanitized while at the same time seeing how the battles really went. I cried. I laughed. I help my breath in fear for the characters and breathed many sighs of relief when things worked out. This was an excellent ending to a wonderful fantasy trilogy.

Favorite Quote:
Jin's compass pointed south, toward Eremot if Leyla was to be believed. But even I wasn't reckless enough to think we could pull off a rescue with only eight of us -- seven now, I reminded myself. A Blue-Eyed Bandit and an imposter Blue-Eyed Bandit, a Foreign Prince, a reluctant one-time friend, shape-shifting twins, and an enemy princess. Not exactly an army.

We needed help.
I bought this one. You can buy your copy here.

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