Hero at the Fall by Alwyn Hamilton

Hero at the Fall (Rebel of the Sands, #3)Hero at the Fall (Rebel of the Sands #3)

Author: Alwyn Hamilton

Genre: YA, Fantasy

Publisher: Faber & Faber

Publication Date: February 1st 2018

Format: Paperback (480 pages)

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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?

My Rating: ★★★★★


I cried. I laughed. I scowled. I smiled. I felt every emotion under the sun but it was so flipping worth it. Hero at the Fall is just everything I wanted to end this trilogy; it honestly couldn’t have been more perfect. It is fast paced and action packed from the very beginning. I never knew what was coming next and every time I thought I did something was thrown Amani’s way that had me second guessing everything. The plot was SO strong and kept me flipping through those pages and I particularly loved the huge battle at the end – it was so exhilarating to know we were reaching the climax of the story and it did not disappoint in the slightest!

I mean, we’re talking sand pirates, Djinn, Demji and SO MUCH magical power. I just loved it so much that I could literally gush about it all day and night. I loved seeing all of the different powers that the Djinn and Demji had and learning more and more about the mythology that is very cleverly woven throughout this whole trilogy. I just adore all of the stories and legends although there were certainly a few that I read in this book that had me terrified for what was happening to some of the characters! The mythology of the world that Alwyn Hamilton has created is one of my favourite things about this trilogy. I’d happily read a book all about it! (HINT HINT)

I have to admit that every time I turned a page in this book I was terrified about who was going to die (and who was going to die next – sad face). There are some really, really sad moments in this book where I couldn’t help but let the tears roll down my face, at times I felt like my heart had been broken. Other times I felt like my heart had been completely stopped but the next moment it would be pounding away and leaping with joy too. It’s such an emotional roller coaster of a book!

I am, of course, devastated to be waving a fond farewell to some of my absolutely favourite characters. I’ve loved Amani since the very beginning and my love for Shazad has also always been strong but after reading Hero at the Fall you can turn that love up x10000. These ladies are absolute badasses but my favourite thing about them is their bond and love for one another. OBVIOUSLY I cannot write this review without mentioning JIN. My gorgeous, fictional husband Jin. Gosh do I love him and that love also increased tenfold during this book. There are some really touching moments between him and Amani that had my heart bursting with joy.

Basically, what you need to know is this: Hero at the Fall is the PERFECT end to this trilogy. It is heaped in gorgeous mythology, rammed full of action and brought to life on the pages by the most wonderful host of characters you could dream of. PERFECTION.


Have you read Hero at the Fall or any books from the Rebel of the Sands trilogy?

What are your favourite YA fantasies?


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5 responses to “Hero at the Fall by Alwyn Hamilton

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  2. I enjoyed the first two books in this trilogy so much! I can’t wait to see if Hero at the Fall delivers in the same way – great to see that it lived up to your expectations, Kelly!

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