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3.81  ·  Rating details ·  126 ratings  ·  81 reviews
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.

In a world where magic is illegal, eight criminals led by rebellious Larkin are sent on a mission to rid their realm of an ancient evil lurking beneath the surface. Descending into a world full of
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published November 26th 2019 by Henry Holt & Co. (BYR)
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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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okay so yeah maybe this book genuinely scared me on multiple occasions.

and what about it???

it's spooky season after all.

review to come / 3 stars subject to change b/c i'm a flaky gal


omg...finally a YA fantasy where the action starts in the first hundred pages...


my head: i KNOW this isn't six of crows.

my heart: eight teenage criminals sent on a mission...forbidden magic...entwined fates...multiplying dangers...THEY WERE NEVER MEANT TO RETURN...

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

Fun Facts:

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.

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.
Nov 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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  ·  review of another edition
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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 >>
☆★Tinja★✮ A Court of Pizza and Laziness

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

Jay G
Oct 13, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
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
Ashlee » Library In The Country
Read the synopsis on Edelweiss ... this sounds awesome!
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
*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
Celia McMahon
Jul 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Melanie (TBR and Beyond)
Not sure if I want eight POV's but it sounds cool!

Also, why the hell has someone already rated this three stars.....UGH!
Sabrina Ye
Mar 03, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
*See the words 'Six of Crows'*

*press to-read button*

That's how it works

Aug 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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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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,
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.
Nov 04, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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♠️ TABI ♠️
this sounds amazing and I hope it really is amazing
Apr 09, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, young-adult
While I never fully connected with the characters as much as I would have liked to, I would love to see more fantasy horror in this vein. There's not enough of it. EIGHT WILL FALL feels appropriately claustrophobic with a creeping sense of dread that permeates throughout the entire novel, but falls short when it comes to characterization. I loved the idea and the overall atmosphere more than the execution and I can see it resonating well with teens who love a decent thriller with maybe a magic ...more
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This is future you speaking. You need this. Six of Crows meets Suicide Squad meets in a subterranean realm that is dark and deadly.
Phoebe Jeziel
I will be hella impressed if people actually get killed off.
Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)
You can find the full review and all the fancy and/or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at Midnight

Oh dear, one of my most anticipated books of the year and well, it didn't go as great as I'd hoped. But there were some positives of course! So let us break it down.

What I Liked:

• The atmosphere was quite on point! So I mean, they're underground for a big ol' portion of this book. Under a city, basically. And there is alotof bad junk lurking, waiting to wreak all sorts of havoc. And
Amanda (MetalPhantasmReads)
DNF @ 63%
I've tried to read this book for just over a month now, which is a very long time for me and it just isn't keeping my interest. I was really interested in this book due to the dark fantasy plot, since I like darker YA fantasy books. I think the world is solid enough and parts were creepy for sure. The horror elements are described very well and older teens will really enjoy this if they read this genre. But for me, the Empath magic system is very underdeveloped to picture or even see as
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This blurb has made me fall in love!! COME ON 2019!!

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.


That's all I need to know!!


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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.