I loved the first two books in the Rebel of the Sands series so I was really excited to jump into the concluding novel as soon as I could get my hands on it. The novel picks up almost immediately after Traitor to the Throne finishes so we are thrown straight back into the action. One of my favourite things about this series has been the pacing. It’s been great fun from the start of book one to the end of book three and Alwyn always seems to perfectly balance the fast paced action sequences with well timed rest periods which usually let us explore the world she has created for us. This leads me nicely to the world building. I mentioned in my review for Traitor to the Throne how much I enjoyed the step up in world building and how we got to see further reaches of the Sultan’s realm. This continues into Hero at the Fall and the details allow me to feel that these cities are tangible places that I could visit, although I’m not sure I’d want to what with wars and battles going on in the streets. I’ve always loved Alwyn’s writing style and her descriptions make it so easy for me to ‘direct the cast’ in my imagination. I cannot wait to see where she takes us after this smash-hit debut series.
Although I’ve had the second instalment of Alwyn Hamilton’s series sat on my shelf for quite some time (since October in fact), I’ve only just got around to it now and I’d completely forgotten how much I love this series! The press tour for the third and final book in this series is currently filling my twitter feed which gave me the kick I needed to jump back into this world.
Here’s another book I bought and read off the back of an event I attended at Waterstones Piccadilly. Alwyn was a really engaging panel chair and I loved the snippets I heard about her books so I thought I’d give this one a go.
First things first, DEBUT NOVEL ALERT. Yes, I’m new to the party as this was published in 2016 but let me have my moment. Rebel of the Sands doesn’t feel like a debut. It’s certainly a solid first novel. It took a little bit of warming up to but I’m now converted.
Good morning! Happy Monday (or not…we all have a grudge against this day of the week). Today I’m going to give you some book-spiration by telling you about the exciting YA event I attended in central London last week. It’s given me a couple of extras for my TBR (when doesn’t this happen…?) and hopefully you’ll see something you like too. I have read some of the books I’m about to mention here, and I will post reviews as soon as I can. For those I haven’t read, I will read and review those as quickly as I can. Until then…let’s get on with it!