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In a land where magic is outlawed, eight criminals led by seventeen-year-old Larkin are sent on a mission to kill an ancient evil that plagues their kingdom. Descending into an underground realm full of unspeakable horrors, Larkin and her party must use their forbidden magic to survive what lies in wait, teeth sharp and jaws deadly.

As she fights for her life, Larkin finds
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published November 26th 2019 by Henry Holt
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Sarah Harian When EIGHT WILL FALL was acquired, it was announced as book one of a duology. Since then, things have changed (as they often do in publishing :-) ),…moreWhen EIGHT WILL FALL was acquired, it was announced as book one of a duology. Since then, things have changed (as they often do in publishing :-) ), and the novel was revised as a standalone. (less)

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Every YA fantasy ever: Yes, we know you are here for the action...but’s 50 pages of info-dumping...and 100 pages of our protagonist’s boring everyday life...and 50 pages of the action creeping ever closer but not quite arriving...and then 100 pages of some action and then it’s done. Read the second book, coward.

This book: NO THANKS.

Turns out the only solution I needed for 100% of my issues with boring fantasy beginnings is...standalones.

Except unfortunately, that apparently
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
December Fairyloot, We got this book and an advanced readers copy of another book. Click on the GOODIES LINK to see the goodies. This will be my last posting of book unboxings as I'm tired of doing it as well as reviews. Thank you guys for looking! Love, Mel

Sarah Harian
Feb 06, 2019 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
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Release Date: November 26, 2019

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Eight Will Fall is about eight teens traversing a subterranean realm in search of a god they've been ordered to kill. They must quickly learn to use their inherent (and illegal) magic in order to get the job done.

The magic system is based off of emotions, and magic users--Empaths--can channel emotions to conjure or destroy.

Nov 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Seventeen year old Larkin is a miner who comes from a family of Empaths, magic users who can channel other people's emotions and use them to create or destroy things. Not that they get a lot of practice doing that. Magic is absolutely forbidden by the law. Empaths are all but enslaved by non-magic users and their queen Melay, who can break their families by sending some members to farms while others earn meager wages mining luminite, a rare mineral that suppresses the Emapath magic by blocking ...more
Cindy ✩☽ Savage Queen ♔
Pitched as Six of Crows meets...
Forget the rest, Six of Crows is all I care about lol.

I really like multiple PoVs but eight seems like a bit much. I hope, if we do get that many perspectives, it is well done.
Candace Robinson
Awesome writing and world building but I just couldn’t connect with the story and 8 characters was a lot. But the horror type stuff is awesome.
✨Brithanie Faith✨
Jul 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
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4.5/5 stars .5

ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Eight Will Fall by Sarah Harian follows a group of eight criminals led by seventeen-year-old Larkin who are sent on a mission to destroy an ancient evil that's been plaguing their kingdom. The further they descend into the underground realm known as the Reach- the higher the stakes become, and Larkin and the others must soon confront a terrible truth; The eight of them were chosen for a reason, and it's entirely
Rachel E. Carter
Ummm, this sounds amazeballs. "Pitched as Six of Crows meets Suicide Squad, this dark YA fantasy follows eight criminals as they battle their way through a subterranean realm of horrors and certain death." source >>
Amy (libraryofamy)
DNF on page 70.

I received this book from my first ever Fairyloot box, and I honestly had not heard of it or seen it until I pulled it out of the Fairyloot pouch. I wanted to read it as soon as I got it, because I knew that since I had no previous excitement about it I would probably quickly forget it was on my shelves.

I probably just should have forgotten it was on my shelves.

I know 70 pages isn't necessarily a fair chance, but I could not get through this book any more than that. I told myself
3.5/5 stars

***This book was originally sold as a duology, but it is being published as a standalone novel.***

First off, I'd just love to mention that this is a heavily described dark-fantasy novel. I adore dark fantasy, and I'm always on the hunt for more, especially in YA. I tend to be extremely picky in what I read in that genre, and I heavily rely on a strong main character.

With that said, this book was actually quite well done in terms of overall story. I thought the plot, the world
☆★Tinja★✮ A Court of Pizza and Laziness

rachel ☾
Review copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Jay G
Oct 13, 2019 rated it liked it
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In a land where magic is outlawed, Empaths are forced to mine a mineral called luminite, which hinders their powers. A group of 7 criminal Empaths and 1 guide, led by 17-year old Larkin, are sent to the Reach by the Queen to kill a great evil threatening her Kingdom. The deeper they go, the more dangerous it gets. The
Beatrice in Bookland
Jan 11, 2020 rated it it was ok
"There is no such thing as courage without fear, after all."

This book is pitched as "Six of Crows meets Suicide Squad" and let me tell you, the publisher is a fucking liar.

First of all, this book wishes it had a squad half as good as Leigh Bardugo's. Here, we have 8 protagonists, but not really tho: the entire book is from Larkin's pov and she's clearly the protagonist. She's also bland and uninteresting. But were we supposed to feel something for these 8 characters? According to the author yes,
Dec 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Oh, I really liked this one. It's like those cool vintage dungeon games where you walk around various levels trying not to get eaten by monsters. Cock full of gore and horror, and somehow reminded me of early 90s fantasy books too. Definitely one to re-read.
Celia McMahon
Jul 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thank you to Edelweiss and the publisher for the chance to review this title ahead of its release date.

Contrary to what many of you are posting, this book has only one POV with Larkin. It is written in the third person.


EIGHT WILL FALL follows Larkin who, as an Empath, is suppressed by the queen of her kingdom, along with others like her. She and her brother are forced to work the mines to survive. Larkin has a bit of a temper (for good reason) and one day she uses magic against an
Ashlee » Library In The Country
Read the synopsis on Edelweiss ... this sounds awesome!
*Source* Publisher
*Genre* Young Adult, Fantasy
*Rating* 3.5


Eight Will Fall, by author Sarah Harian, is pitched as Six of Crows meets Suicide Squad, but actually shares no similarities with either. The story follows 17-year-old Larkin who lives in the Demura Isles with her family. Larkin is an Empath, a person who has the ability to project emotions called destruction magic. In this reality, empaths have no rights. They can't get an education. They can't be caught using any magic since
DNF at page who cares because I can't stand it.

Professional reviewers and writers need to stop comparing six of crows to every stupid book that just happens to involve of group of people engaging in criminal activity!

This hook has lost its worm. Truly.

The writing is awful. I feel it in my bones that I have read this same story again and again in so many YA books and I just don't care to read it again.

Maybe, one day I'll be bored out of my mind and get back to it, for now just get it out of my
Technically 3.5 stars.

"Though I have fallen, darkness will rise."

Ahh, I had hopes for this one - not high, but hopes nonetheless.
Unfortunately, I found myself feeling let down. And bored. So, so bored.
seinfeld shrug

Sarah Harian said she was influenced/inspired by things such as Skyrim, Stranger Things and The Descent. The story takes place deep (deep) down in the mines. There are creepy monster things that eat eyes and grow extra limbs. Cool. Cool cool cool.
I'm not scared.
real scared
... ok, maybe
This book took so much effort to read, I feel like I ran a marathon in 350 pages.

Eight Will Fall follows Larkin, an Empath miner living on an island country where her magic is outlawed. Allowed to live as long as she's documented and does the jobs the crown demands, she lives an impoverished life with her family until she breaks the law by using magic. She is immediately arrested and her brother is held in prison while she is forced to traverse the deep caverns of The Reach with six other
2 Stars

Trigger Warning for; graphic violence | gore | body horror | torture | character death | emotional abuse (off page) | scenes of war (Taken from Sarah Harians page)

Okay, I don't even know where to begin. I think because this came in a subscription box, and all of the books but one had been very good... with two or three making it into my favourite reads last year I thought nothing could go wrong with this surely? However I was sadly wrong. I think my issue was that I just wasn't invested
Jan 08, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-fantasy, 3-stars, 2020
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Shelby (Grace with Books)
I thought this book was inventive and interesting! Sarah did a wonderful job world-building and I thought the plot was interesting and the character development was well fleshed out. However, this book just really was not for me. I appreciated the innovative plot and writing style, I just couldn't really get myself to care for the characters or feel sadness when they died. Also since this was standalone, I did feel as though the ending was very rushed, I think if she had taken more time or even ...more
Cora Tea Party Princess
I didn't know what to expect going in (one day I will read blurbs. Maybe) but I was definitely not prepared. In a good way.

This is an excellent YA fantasy horror and it ticked all the right boxes for me. It was gruesome without being too graphic, shocking and scary, and I loved the world that was built.

Full review to come.
2.5 stars
Forever Young Adult
Graded By: Mandy C.
Cover Story: Mind Cave
BFF Charm: Yay
Swoonworthy Scale: 6
Talky Talk: Gory Fantasy
Bonus Factors: Journey to the Center of the Earth, Stand Alone
Relationship Status: Intrigued

Read the full book report here.
The Nerd Daily
Oct 30, 2019 rated it liked it
Originally published on The Nerd Daily | Review by Nathalie De Felice

With a nightmare inducing underground realm (really though, don’t read this before bed), this story was definitely a perfect October/fall read for me. Larkin’s fight for survival as she descends into the madness that lurks beneath the kingdom intensifies at each turn of the page. I was glued to my seat as I read this story, wondering just what dangers Larkin and her party will be facing next. If you’re easily triggered by gore,
Aug 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
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ARC received through #booksfortrade on Twitter.

Eight Will Fall was a totally fun adventure. The premise follows eight criminals sent into an underground labyrinth with a mission to defeat a magical ancient god that has been destroying their kingdom. Sarah Harian compared it The Descent meets The Goonies and that is such a clever and accurate description of this book!

The worldbuilding was so good. It was pretty simple and easy to follow without being
rin ( ̄ヘ ̄)	 read/watch mo dao zu shi
this sounds awesome i guess we'll see
(i have soft spot for squads okay)
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Sarah Harian grew up in the foothills of Yosemite and received her B.A. and M.F.A. from Fresno State University. She spends her free time listening to movie scores and dreaming up monsters, and lives with her husband in Portland, Oregon.