Hero at the Fall

Hero at the Fall

A Rebel of the Sands Novel

Book - 2018
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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.
Publisher: New York, New York : Viking, 2018
ISBN: 9780451477866 (hardcover)
0451477863 (hardcover)
Branch Call Number: Y HAMILTON
Characteristics: 452 pages : map ; 22 cm


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Nov 09, 2018

I loved the premise of this series, and I really enjoyed the first two books, but this last one was a bit of a let down. It's still a thoroughly enjoyable read, it just doesn't hold a candle to its counterparts unfortunately.

Jun 01, 2018

As far as series finales go, this one was kind of boring and unsatisfying.

DCLteens Apr 24, 2018

This series keeps getting better with each book. I loved the character growth and all the plot twists.

Apr 17, 2018

I thought this book, nay, this series, has been absolutely amazing! From beginning to end, Amani Al-Hiza's character development is stunning, and Miraj is absolutely beautiful. This is a good book for adolescent teenage girls and boys, with amazing role models for each.

PLOT: A well-based storyline, with twists and turns that kept me on the edge of my seat during math class. Nothing you want to miss out on, but be careful you don't read it too fast, otherwise you'll miss the important details! ;)

CHARACTERS: Amani is an amazing character, she is strong, willful, clever, and has moments where she just wants to let everything go, but she sticks through it. Her development is completed, from selfish to selfless, sacrificing everything for the greater good. Sam, Jin, Shazad, and Bahadur are also developed, and we see moments of strengths and moments of weakness from each of them.

ACCURACY: I have thought, throughout the series, that the melding of desert magic and firearms has been exceptionally well done. I am no expert in Arabic studies, but I know that Miraj does not perfectly mirror our Middle East, especially in terms of religion. This is what I liked about these books: While women seemed to take a back seat as they did in European cultures, these books are full of women and girls breaking the mold. As to the firearms, I would guess that Miraj is in its 10th century of being (by our reckoning), because that's when our firearms appeared. Yet Miraj is full of magic and Djinni, so I can't be sure. Either way, well done!

RECOMMENDATION: Read this series! You will love it! I would recommend this to girls looking for strong female characters and to everyone else! Please read it! So good!

Apr 03, 2018

A very satisfying end to a great series. I was so excited for this book and it did not disappoint. Watching Amani's journey from a gunslinger in Dustwalk to leader of a rebellion, as well as her personal journey, has been so much fun. This book kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time. I'm not ashamed to say I was emotional upon finishing it. I will miss Amani and the amazing ensemble of characters from this series- definitely one I wish I could read again for the first time!

MelifluousView Feb 23, 2018

I loved Amani's journey in the trilogy from self-centered to selfless. Her gut-wrenching choices throughout this book prepared her for the hardest choice of all. Even knowing it would be a good ending, I cried as she went through it. I am blessed that I got an Advanced Reader's Copy of this book since I was anxious to see how it all would end. Great series!


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