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Thoughts On: Hero At The Fall by Alwyn Hamilton

on March 14, 2018

Hero At The Fall (Rebel of the Sands #3)
Alwyn Hamilton
Faber & Faber
2018, 506p
Purchased personal copy

Blurb {from the publisher/Goodreads.com}:

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?

This is kind of not really a review, more just a bunch of thoughts. I bought the first book in this series on a whim because I thought the cover was awesome. All 3 books have beautiful covers and they look amazing together on the shelf. This was one of my most anticipated 2018 releases.

I haven’t reviewed the other books in this series and I have to admit that when I picked this up, I had to take a few moments to skim the previous book just so I could remember where the story left off and what had happened. I had actually forgotten the dramatic moment that ended book #2 so I was glad I took that time to refresh my memory and get up to speed before I started this one.

I love the way these books are written – throughout this one there are chapters that deviate from the main story to flesh out stories from the past, myths, moments, etc. There is even a chapter towards the end that details the future (which I loved, because I am that person that always wants to know what happens in the -after-). The world is so vivid as well. The heat is almost constant, the sun casting its shadow over the book’s desert setting. I like Amani’s connection to the environment, the way she feels so out of her comfort zone when she’s near water and how she and the sand are often as one. Her gift (actually all the gifts of the Demdji) is so interesting and I always loved seeing what they could do.

In this book, Amani is thrust somewhat unexpectedly into a leadership role. She assumes the role willingly but it’s something that she definitely struggles with. Making decisions not just for herself, but for the betterment of the entire rebellion, often in seconds. She comes to appreciate Ahmed’s position, the role that he has undertaken but Amani also proves herself very capable of making those decisions herself, even though she agonises over some and also has nightmares over some of the repercussions. This is the sort of series where not everyone is going to get out alive and sometimes some of those are because of decisions made by either the group as a collective, or by the leader of the group.

This book has a pretty big curve in it – I feel as though it definitely manipulated the reader for most of it. It builds and builds towards this one particular thing and you think that there’s going to be a way out of it but then it happens anyway. I have to admit, even though I knew I was being manipulated I still enjoyed it and I think that’s because the characters went into that situation thinking there was no way out. None of them had some last moment trick up their sleeve – they both went in willingly, knowing the consequences. I think it worked for both the story being told and also the two personalities of the characters involved.

I really fell in love with Amani and Jin over these three books, but I think I loved them the most in this one, even though they’re not always on the same page. In fact that has kind of shaped their relationship, that push-pull sort of feeling. They gave me all the feels and this one is very intense, whether they’re going through a period where they’re not really interacting much or whether or not they’re declaring themselves, talking about the future etc. The two of them fit together so well.

I really loved this whole series – I think this book probably feels a fraction slow at the beginning, as what’s left of the alliance is trapped within a city but once they get out, the pace picks up and it’s non stop action and events until the end. The whole overthrowing an evil leader/rebel prince/etc sort of story isn’t really new but this felt so fresh and different to ones I’d read before. All of the characters are so well drawn, even the antagonists. Even ones we only spend a brief amount of time with. Now that I have all 3 of them, I’d like to sit down one day soon and read them all together, instead of a year apart for each volume! Sigh. Sometimes I wish I didn’t have so many new books to read because I used to reread an awful lot and now it’s not something I do very often.

I actually kind of agonised over what I was going to rate this one….my head said one thing, my heart said another. In the end I went with my heart/gut. So.

9/10

Book #45 of 2018

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3 responses to “Thoughts On: Hero At The Fall by Alwyn Hamilton

  1. does this one have a love triangle, I mean the whole series? I’m worried but I hav ethe books already. :0

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