Hero at the Fall, Alwyn Hamilton – Book Review

Morning mortals! (I know for some it isn’t morning, just pretend it is unless you’re not a morning person, you do you, friend). ANYWAY. Hero at the Fall was one of my most anticipated releases for early 2018, in fact, it was my first preorder to arrive this year (I love getting book post). I’ve been so excited to read the end of Amani’s story and now that I have I can safely say it was worth the wait.

Goodreads Summary:

When gunslinging Amani Al’Hiza escaped her dead-end town, she never imagined she’d join a revolution, let alone lead one. But after the bloodthirsty Sultan of Miraji imprisoned the Rebel Prince Ahmed in the mythical city of Eremot, she doesn’t have a choice. Armed with only her revolver, her wits, and her untameable Demdji powers, Amani must rally her skeleton crew of rebels for a rescue mission through the unforgiving desert to a place that, according to maps, doesn’t exist. As she watches those she loves most lay their lives on the line against ghouls and enemy soldiers, Amani questions whether she can be the leader they need or if she is leading them all to their deaths.

Find Hero at the Fall on Goodreads

If you haven’t read Rebel of the Sands or Traitor to the Throne there may be some spoilers for those in this review, but I’ll try to keep this spoiler free for the final book!

This is everything I need from the conclusion to a trilogy. It has that wonderful coming together of strands of story that I need in a third book. What I appreciated about this book is that it beautifully flows from the first two books, nothing feels like filler in this trilogy. But, unlike some finales, this didn’t devote half the book to the final battle (I’m not against that as a concept, but I rarely see it done well). From the beginning, these books have been about journeying, about finding a safe place and the camaraderie that can come from traveling. It is therefore quite fitting that the plot of this book takes place in a plethora of different locations. It also adds to the worldbuilding, enriching and developing things only hinted at in previous books.

Amani continues to be a great character. I’ll grant that she has changed a lot since the first book, but given all that she goes through, I think that it would be odd for her to be the same? Of all the characters, it’s her development across the trilogy that really spoke to me. Gone is the girl who just wanted to get out of Dustwalk and in her place is someone willing to sacrifice everything, and at the same time completely aware of her own limitations.

Alwyn brings back all of our most favourite characters, it’s kind of like a reunion of sorts. Since one of the big selling points of this series is the range of characters, this was to be expected. What I wasn’t anticipating was how Hamilton would RIP MY HEART OUT AND THEN STAMP ON IT REPEATEDLY. No spoilers of course, but prepare to be on an emotional knife edge for the entirety of this book.

When I think back to the first book in this series what I remember is that it was fast paced and left me wanting more. Hamilton’s writing style has improved and developed so much since then, this book is a testament to her abilities and to the way trilogies can get better and better with each book (though I know some people will disagree because they didn’t like Traitor to the Throne). I was hooked from beginning to end but left feeling satiated.

Should you read this? If you liked the first two books in this series I would definitely recommend reading the conclusion as it is wonderful. If you’re wondering if this series is for you – it probably is.

I bought this book myself, all opinions are my own.

My rating: 5/5 stars

What say you? Which book in the trilogy was your favourite? Let me know in the comments below!

J

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