Hero at the Fall by Alwyn Hamilton
Series: Rebel of the Sands #3
Publisher: Faber & Faber
First published January 30th, 2018
Genres: Fantasy, YA, Romance
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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?
So… The thing is, I love this trilogy. But, there’s always something that doesn’t fully satisfy me…
The world in these books is fantastic and I personally really enjoyed seeing more of it in this book. It’s one of the things that kept me gripped in the first place… But others…
So, first of all, and I’ve mentioned this before but the books are really different from each other, which made it more difficult to connect. Secondly, the writing seems to have less emotionally impact on me than I desired. I mean I cried in it and all, – which is not that difficult for me to do but still – but the thing is that along the book I’m gripped but not emotionally attached, although I do care about the characters. Have you guys felt that? I can’t really explain it better… And lastly, and more particularly to this book, I really enjoyed all the action in it but more to the end it felt a bit flat. I was expecting a bit more tension and so on.
I also love the characters, Djinnies and Demdjis. I love magic and powers and all those things that spice up reality. And these books have some amazing ones! And this last book was better than the one before in that sense. But in terms of romance, the first one is still the best. All that tension that I was hoping to see again disappeared. And although I love Amani and Jin, it was just not the same… Plus Amani herself was much more badass back then, while in this book half of it is her doubting herself and comparing herself to others… It annoyed me, it felt too much like teenage drama and not in a good way. I do understand why she was like that, I just don’t agree with it.
There are just some things I would have preferred differently, although I did like the book.
I really love the idea of these books and I think they could have been 5 stars but sadly they weren’t… I still do recommend them, and I think they are definitely worth reading. Plus, the covers are some of the best I’ve seen!
Have you read this book? What did you think of it? Let’s discuss it in the comments below!
4 thoughts on “Hero at the Fall by Alwyn Hamilton”
I’m so sorry that you didn’t enjoy as much as you had hoped to! I have an ARC of this book, and I just ordered the first two books of the series since I was hooked by the first few pages of Rebel of the Sands. Plus, Alwyn Hamilton is going to a book fest near me in a couple of weeks and I cannot wait to meet her and have her sign my books! 🙂
I read Hero At The Fall not too long ago & I completely agree w/ what you said about how different each book is from each other. That’s something I noticed that made each book feel disconnected from each other. Great review!!
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