Review: Hero at the Fall by Alwyn Hamilton

Review: Hero at the Fall by Alwyn HamiltonHero at the Fall by Alwyn Hamilton
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Pages: 506
Series: Rebel of the Sands #3
Published by Faber & Faber on February 1, 2018
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult

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 series has been a little hot and cold for me. I wasn’t completely blown away by the first book and it took me until the release of Hero at the Fall to even think about picking up Traitor to the Throne. I was pleasantly surprised with the plot of Traitor and so I quickly purchased the final book.

I found this to be a decent ending to a alright trilogy. Hero was by far the most-action packed of the three and definitely the fastest to read through. The world building has to be the strongest aspect of the entire series – rarely do I see a young adult book engage in discussions of religion, bias and nature versus nurture. These are things we see in our news feeds and to have them ensconced in a fantasy setting that melded the American wild west and Middle-Eastern customs created the perfect setting to bring these issues and discussions to light.

However, this series fell big time to a series of predictable tropes common in YA story-lines. I think overall this series falls into a higher category of YA books because the predictable aspects were balanced with interesting twists, unlikely heroes and a few surprises. I also didn’t feel as invested in the characters lives as I have with other series.

Overall this series rates slightly above other YA fantasy novels and is definitely embracing a different trend in some areas. Worthwhile read if you are looking for something slightly outside of the norm.

“She was all fire and gunpowder, and her finger was always on a trigger.”

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