Hero at the Fall by Alwyn Hamilton

THE FINAL BATTLE TO AN EPIC TRILOGY!!!

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… who will triumph???

First of all.. I love Jin.. This was a great conclusion to one of my all-time favourite trilogies. Just as great as the first instalment, Rebel of the Sands and the second instalment, Traitor to the Throne this story really took me back to the desert and my love for the Arabian nights tales and stories of djinn, battle and magic. Following on from “Traitor to the Throne” it picked up nicely, even a year later, it brings back memories of the first 2 stories and I was able to immerse myself so quickly into this book. Although parts of the story slowed down to gear us up for something significant – like the final show down – it was still fast paced and there was always something happening in each chapter, parts even made me ‘wide eyed’. This final instalment, this final battle for the throne, was a stunning conclusion that gave me closure on the characters I came to care about, it tied it up so neatly we know of each character’s destinations in the end and it also answers that compelling yet dreadful question – who will survive and who will die? I am so sad this series is over, I thoroughly enjoyed all three books!!!

Hint hint, nudge nudge to the author: I would LOVE to read a Novella about Jin or Ahmad *wink*

Special thanks to Allen & Unwin publishers for sending me an Advanced Review Copy.
-Annie

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Rebel of The Sands by Alwyn Hamilton

Collective Blog from some avid readers in Read3r’z Re-Vu who engaged in an epic “whattsapp read along” What is a whattsapp read along you ask? it’s a tech savvy way to enjoy a read long with friends in a group chat on the app “Whattsapp”.. Ground rules: updates are spoiler free – use emoticons when can – updates are feels + page or chapter number – engage in full discussion upon everyone’s completion of the book… Here are the reviews…

Rebel of the Sands (synopsis found on Goodreads.com)
She’s more gunpowder than girl—and the fate of the desert lies in her hands. Mortals rule the desert nation of Miraji, but mystical beasts still roam the wild and barren wastes, and rumor has it that somewhere, djinni still practice their magic. But there’s nothing mystical or magical about Dustwalk, the dead-end town that Amani can’t wait to escape from. Destined to wind up “wed or dead,” Amani’s counting on her sharpshooting skills to get her out of Dustwalk. When she meets Jin, a mysterious and devastatingly handsome foreigner, in a shooting contest, she figures he’s the perfect escape route. But in all her years spent dreaming of leaving home, she never imagined she’d gallop away on a mythical horse, fleeing the murderous Sultan’s army, with a fugitive who’s wanted for treason. And she’d never have predicted she’d fall in love with him… or that he’d help her unlock the powerful truth of who she really is.

Magic, Adventure, Myth and Legends – 4.5 stars!
After reading The Wrath and The Dawn, I wanted to read another middle-eastern fairy tale inspired story containing heroic characters, adventure and plot twists; Rebel of the Sands did not disappoint. It’s action-packed, easy to read, contains witty characters that make you want to read on,  plot twists that I did not see coming and mystical beasts which made the world sensational. Highly recommended for YA fantasy  readers that like a plot-driven story, adventure quests, strong characters and magical powers. The cover is also gorgeous, I loved the texture, it really enhanced the reading experience!
– NJ

Another epic read to add to a list of 2016 favourites.. Although I was the last to finish, I enjoyed the read along I did with members of Read3r’z Re-Vu! For this book, you can judge a book by the beautiful cover!!! From page 1, the story really pulls you into a world where you’re thinking Arabian nights meets quick draw at a Texan saloon.. Where you meet a girl who dresses up as a boy and enters shooting games to simply to get away from a life that is dictated to her and win enough money to escape.. A tale that keeps you on the edge of your seat , turning the page and even hating some characters!!! I highly recommend this story to YA fans, particularly fans of fantasy fiction and those who have yet to tap into the Arabian nights theme.. I am yearning for the sequel now!! A 5 Star Read!!!
-Annie

I bought a copy of this book because of its sunning cover and I was not disappointed!! The story is a cross between an Arabian nights adventure and a Western with a tough heroine and some (but not a lot) of romance to boot. What it also has is gunslinging, good pacing and plenty of twists and turns plus a healthy dose of Middle Eastern Folklore and magical creatures! If that sounds right up your alley, pick this up because I sure can’t wait for book 2!!!
-Queenie

OK.. WOW!!! I am speechless… Rebel of the Sands draws you in and doesn’t let you go. I loved this book, I was the last to start and one of the first to finish this read along.. I found this to be a YA about coming of age story as the character was figuring out who she is.. A classic mix of Arabian nights and fantasy fiction, waiting for the sequel now..
-Meredith

This fantasy-western I rate 4 stars pulls you in rom the first few pages and doesn’t let go. Amani is trying to write her own story within her misogynistic world. This action packed novel had me turning the pages, eager to find out what was going to happen next. I really enjoyed this story. The only thing that stopped it being a 5 star rating was at times, I felt the pacing was a bit off. However, Amani’s story had my full attention and I have high hopes for the next book in the series!!!
-Amanda

I guess my tastes are different as I couldn’t really get into this book – the world didn’t seem real to me and the characters seemed a bit out of place. For a country which was at the heart of industrialisation, it didn’t seem like it. The American wild west + magic with Arabian names didn’t exactly grab me either. I would say this more suited to YA fans who enjoy fantasy fiction – it was worth reading though, I gave it at least a 3 star rating..
-Vaughan

The Rose & the Dagger by Renée Ahdieh

“It was because they were two parts of a whole. He did not belong to her. And she did not belong to him. It was never about belonging to someone. It was about belonging together.” – The Rose & The Dagger

Book 2 of The Wrath and The Dawn – 4 stars!

Epic and a great ending to the love story of Shazi and Khalid. After reading The Wrath and The Dawn, I was really interested and excited to read the final book and see where it all leads. Without giving away any spoilers, all I can say is that the ending is filled with emotion, twists after twists and a captivating retelling of Arabian Nights. I enjoyed the plot, the sharp biting dialogue between the characters and the magic weaved throughout the story really shined through in this final book. Recommend if you have enjoyed the first book, like strong characters, magic, plot twists and thought-provoking dialogue.

– NJ