Hero at the Fall: Rebel of the Sands Review

Hero at the Fall: Rebel of the Sands (Book 3) [including Tales From Sand & Sea: Rebel of the Sands (Book 3.5)]

by Alwyn Hamilton

Once, there was a desert under siege, and no one to defend it…

The rebels are crushed: most are captured, burned out or dead. Except Amani, and it’s up to her to protect the survivors.

But how can one girl save a whole rebellion?

Then foreign armies begin advancing across the desert plains and the Sultan starts hunting the rebels through the streets of Izman.

Now Amani must prove that she’s not just a desert girl any more, that she’s learned a few tricks since then…

Here begins the final battle for the throne.

Who will lead, who will triumph, who will live and who will die?

All heroes are mortal in the end…

After reading Rebel of the Sands and Traitor to the Throne, I knew I had to know how Amani’s story ends. Then after meeting Alwyn at YALC in the summer, when I saw she was holding a book launch in London, I just had to go! I had a great time meeting a couple of people from an event in November and seeing quite a few faces from bookstagram and YALC. I would say that you need to have read the first two books to get a full understanding of the background.

Hero picks up straight after the events of Traitor, Amani and Jin have to work out how to save the rebellion and how to get everyone back. However, this is made harder by Leyla and her machinery.

Oh my! This is one of the best conclusions to a series I have ever read, I honestly loved every word of it. Although I would love to have more about Amani and Jin, but I know that it is not meant to be. I was hooked straight away, I wanted to devour it but also wanted to take my time, so I ended up reading it in one sitting.

My favourite characters have to be Amani, Jin and Shazad. Although I have grown on a few characters more since the second book. Some of the characters are just as despicable as before, which I loved. I also loved getting to see more of Bahadur.

My favourite part, do I have to pick? I cannot pick one part over the rest, I loved every single second and I would love to read the whole trilogy again for the first time. Although know that I think about it, that one scene in a tent is pretty damn good. I went through plenty of emotions and after a warning from Samantha Shannon about the last 50 pages or so, I was really worried about it and I was not disappointed! The ending was to die for.

Hero at the Fall does wrap-up because it is the end of the trilogy.

While reading this book, I described it as the epic conclusion to a fabulous trilogy, where heroes were made and monsters fell. I would recommend it to teenagers and adults. 5 out of 5.


At the launch for Hero at the Fall, I got a goodie bag which contained Tales from Sand & Sea, this is four short stories from the history of Rebel of the Sands.

I really enjoyed reading this book and the short stories are the backstories I always wanted to know from Rebel, Traitor and Hero! I loved getting to know more about Jin and Ahmed, including about their mothers. Also about Princess Hawa and Attalah, and Amani’s mother.

I would recommend this to anyone who can get their hands on it. 5 out of 5.

Hero at the Fall





  • Storyline
  • Characters
  • First Person Narrative

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