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Hero at the Fall

(Rebel of the Sands #3)

4.35  ·  Rating details ·  16,040 ratings  ·  2,173 reviews
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 rebe ...more
Hardcover, 463 pages
Published March 6th 2018 by Viking (first published November 15th 2017)
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Hilly ♡
Mar 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you’re considering picking this series up DO IT NOW.

Please don’t read the comments if you don’t want to be spoiled. In my review I have spoilers under tags but not in comments as I can do nothing about those. Hope this helps.

I’ve lost the ability to produce proper sentences.
Now I probably really need to sit in a corner and cry of both sadness and joy. I’ll miss everybody so freaking much! I started reading this series in 2015 and I’ve loved it ever sinc
yay! i cant believe i actually finished a series i recently started. what an accomplishment for me! haha.

for this concluding installment, it was nice to see amani and jin back together again after being separated for an entire book. however, its criminal how little page time jin gets in this.

and its that frustration that made me realise that i slowly started to care for the side characters more than amani. i loved her in the first book but, over time, everyone else became more interesting and
Jul 03, 2017 marked it as to-read
Gimmee gimmee gimmee gimmee!!!!! 😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍

Want to see my collection?

Dalziel Mapp
Feb 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm never going to ever forget this story


Secondly, thank you Alwyn Hamilton for giving me this amazing series that feels so much like home every time I delve back into this world. You have not let me down once. HOWEVER, H
Aug 19, 2016 added it
It really angers me that this book, which is the third in the series, has an average 2 star rating when the second book hasn't even been released yet. People anger me! ...more
Jul 30, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
2.5 stars

Hero at the Fall could not level with the preceding installments and thus did not meet my expectations. Its ending was rushed and anti-climactic, and some solutions to problems seemed way too easy for my taste. Another reason this book fell flat for me was my emotional detachment from the characters, which had already commenced in the sequel. Despite some enjoyable and entertaining chapters, this book was not my cup of tea.

Simona B
Jan 21, 2017 rated it it was ok
I still believe this trilogy to be qualitatively a little above your average YA series, but this finale didn't fully satisfy me. A bit on the smoke-and-mirrors side, if you ask me, and it comes with filler drama aplenty—case in point, pretty much everything that goes down in the last chapters (but not only there) and, particularly, (view spoiler). This necessary (?) (view spoiler) (which didn't even happen in the end... ...more
Aug 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was absolutely amazing and definitely one of the best books I've read this year so far! The plot of "Hero at the Fall" was incredibly interesting and I was just glued to the book. It made me laugh and cry and kept me on the edge of my seat. Overall, it was simply everything I hoped it would be and it's definitely a new favorite of mine. It's been some time since I've been this sure about rating a book five stars but "Hero at the Fall" deserves every single one of them!

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Anja H.
Sep 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own

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

I loved absolutely everything about this!

I’m in for a major book depression guys, I'm not ready to say goodbye to all these wonderful characters.

Whatever Alwyn Hamilton is writing next, I'm definitely reading it!
Beatrice in Bookland
Nov 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
"Once there was a boy from the sea who fell in love with a girl from the desert.
But he wondered if a boy from the sea and a girl from the desert could ever survive together. He feared that she might burn him alive or that he might drown her. Until finally he stopped fighting it and set himself on fire for her."

I loved this finale but in my opinion it wasn't as good as Traitor to the throne.

Amani is still the headstrong demdji we've been following since the beginning but now she's the leader of
Bright Star
Nov 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: best-of-2017
"A new dawn, a new desert."

Another series has come to an end, and I'M NOT OKAY.

Hero at the Fall was the perfect conclusion to an incredible series! I fell in love with Rebel of the Sands from the first page and my love only grew more and more! Each book is amazing and unique, and you can't help but adore everything and everyone (Amani and Jin, my babies ♥).
And now that the story is over all I can feel is emptiness because I already miss all of them! *cries*
If you haven't started this series yet
Apr 25, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: quarantine-tbr
I am not sure if it's because I have been in a slump for so long or because I read the second book more than a year ago, I didn't end up enjoying this as much as I had hoped. Maybe I have outgrown the whole rebellion storyline but I still wanted to finish this series and see what the ending would be like. I am upset that two of the most interesting characters to me didn't get the ending I hoped they would so that's one of my reasons for being salty. Although I have to say I really liked the endi ...more
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Read the full review and more at Blame Chocolate.

🧞 A big thank you to Faber & Faber for the review copy. This has not influenced my opinion in any way. 🧞

This book just didn’t do much for me, unfortunately. I enjoyed the mythology, writing style and character dynamics well enough, but I didn’t care much for the lack of character development, inability to feel emotionally invested or connected, and subpar ending.

Also, as a trilogy, it wasn’t very cohesive and each book felt disconnected from the o
Feb 13, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: first time YA fantasy readers.
Actual review: 3.5

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

I found this to be a decent ending to a decent trilogy. Out of all the books in this series, this instalment is the most action-packed novel, and therefore, the fastest to read. It was fun, it was interesting, but like the past two books, this was so close to what it could have been, but failed in a few aspects.


For me, this was the strongest aspect of the entire book, and of the entire
Larissa (Book Bosomed Blonde)
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There is little left to say after loving the first two books in this trilogy either than again, i am not disappointed! There couldn’t have been a better conclusion to this swirling desert tale. There’s blood, war, death and magic but all loose ends are wrapped up and we get one hell of a story!

Alwyn Hamilton still has her whimsical, almost poet like writing style that i love so much but she has pushed through with a serious amount of action in this final
Sandra (LadyGrey Reads)
We would be stories long after we were gone. Imperfect, inaccurate stories. Stories that could never even come close to reality.

It's over? The series is over?


Honestly, I thought this was the perfect ending to this series. Alwyn Hamilton wasn't afraid to give us a few broken hearts along the way and kept going with the twists and turns, making us question if there could ever be a happy ending. Or, if there was, if that ending would stay happy.

Following the shocking reveal at the end of Traitor to
May 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
This series is amazing and I can’t believe how it’s not more well publicised!!
Everyone who is a fan of The hunger games; divergent etc needs to read these!!
The ending had me ready to riot for a second.
But it was so bittersweet.
We meet Amani as the rebellion is all but dead; literally and figuratively.
You could literally feel the tension and omg Amani was just a real character - not some out of reach not in this real world woman.
The road back to victory took so many twists and turns - and so m
Jeann (Happy Indulgence)
THAT WAS SO GOOD IMMA CRY. But seriously all the magic, the mythical Arabian setting with the Western twist, the rebellion and the wonderful friendships, I loved everything so much!

I loved how all the way through the series it kept its super fast, action packed pace and so much happened. There's never a dull moment as we're taken to the sandswept desert setting, small towns, luxurious imperial palaces, mythical caves... The setting is so rich and evocative.

I'm going to miss the vibrant cast of c
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Beware spoilers ahead!

Trigger warning: War and death. The LGTBQ characters have been killed off.

Buddy read with Tova ! Click on her name to keep an eye out for her review. Part of this book was read during Kimi's (GR friend) 24 hour read-a-thon. Tova and I also buddy read Traitor to the Throne. Considering how much I enjoyed that one, naturally I finished the sequel. I am happy to say that I enjoyed it!

Amani is woken up from her nightmares and told to follo
Dannii Elle
First read: June 2019, Rating: 4/5 stars
Second read: January 2022, Rating: 4/5 stars

This is the third and final instalment in the Rebel of the Sands series.

Myths and legends are born from truths, but these truths get muddled in the telling and the stories that survive often only bare the barest resemblance to the original. This is a shame as sometimes it is only these stories that hold the key to saving your life.

Amani and the Rebels are still fighting to claw the throne away from the destructiv
Mar 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing

Amazingly fast-paced conclusion! I found this book (and trilogy) to be vastly entertaining with amusing characters and a well-built world. There was richness to the culture created in this trilogy by the author. For some reason, the culture she created in these books really gained my interest. First and foremost, I am happy with the conclusion though there are parts that were tough to accept (not going to lie, we do get connected with characters after three book) but that being said, it was
4/5 stars

“The Rebel Prince will rise again. He will bring a new dawn. A new desert.”

What a fantastic finale! Wow! This series has been absolutely wonderful from start to finish, and now I'm just so heartbroken that it's over. I was initially worried about starting this book because normally I don't seem to enjoy the last book in a series much; but this definitely wasn't the case here. Hero at the Fall was an action-packed, thrilling finale that had me fully captivated by the story. The world
Hero at the Fall is the third and last installment of the Rebel of the Sands series. It was a really good book but I'm kind of sad to see it all end.

Amani is probably my favorite character that I've ever read.. this week. I can't say forever.. because that would be a lie. However, she is such a bad ass that she would definitely stay in the top 10. Now she has a lot on her plate in this book. She's the leader of the rebellion and trying to save Ahmed and basically everyone else. While keeping ev
Jan 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5 stars

This was an interesting one this book.
A bit like the whole series really

In the end though it's a great read and a very interesting series

The world building was a bit light on early as it tended to focus more on the characters
Thats ok but in the second book I loved the world building so I was hoping or more of that
And then wow it really lifted and I was just thrust right into the most vivid and amazing world.
And it was all from one amazing scene
No spoilers but you will know it when you g
Dec 24, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2021-reads
Great finished of the series.
May 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
i have zero words to explain how much i fucking loved this
Sophie "Beware Of The Reader"
This is the story legends are made of. Epic. Brilliant. Stunning conclusion to a riveting fantasy trilogy!

5 flawless stars

Why did I wait months before reading this one??????

I had been lucky to get the first two books via Netgalley. They were so smart and enthralling that I bought them in French for my kids who are now both addicted.

The third one has been pre-ordered months before its release but it was patiently waiting on my shelf as I was drowning in ARCs and new releases.

The incoming
Jun 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: better-than-food, ya
“We would be stories long after we were gone. Imperfect, inaccurate stories. Stories that could never even come close to reality.”

Definitely my new favorite series!
The final book in the rebel of the sands trilogy left me a little ....sad. In this book, there was a war going on and a lot of characters (characters I liked) died. If I could say something about this trilogy is that is violent and merciless but at the same time, I could understand the reasons behind every death, it was a believable scenario.


This book is full of painfull moments.

The thing that I liked a lot is that troughout the books there were stories and legends about
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