Fantasy · Fiction · Young Adult

Hero at the Fall

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Title: Hero at the Fall

Author: Alwyn Hamilton

Performer: Soneela Nankani

Length: 13 hr, 21 min

Series: Rebel of the Sands, Book 3

Publishing Date/Publisher: 2018 by Recorded Books

Format: eAudiobook

Review: This was a gripping conclusion to a fantastic trilogy.  I highly recommend this series to fantasy readers, and really anyone who enjoys YA fiction.  It is a clever, action-packed adventure with just the right amount of romance (whew that final love scene was steamy).  The author does an excellent job building characters and setting in her first two books, so this final book was deeply satisfying and thrilling as it wraps up the series.  I really like the way Hamilton incorporates legend throughout the story because it really highlights the importance of oral tradition and the way that heroes are remembered.

For people who enjoy the audiobook format, I think that you will find this performance enthralling.

Reader: Bekah

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Fantasy · Fiction · Young Adult

Traitor to the Throne

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Title: Traitor to the Throne

Author: Alwyn Hamilton

Performer: Soneela Nankani

Length: 15 hr, 22 min

Series: Rebel of the Sands, Book 2

Publishing Date/Publisher: 2017 by Recorded Books

Format: eAudiobook

Review: I loved this book, and just as I suspected, it is a five star rating for me.  Everything about this book is well done.  The pacing is excellent, the character development is fantastic, and the attention to detail is impressive.  It is like looking at a stunning tapestry of interwoven story threads.  Hamilton is truly a masterful storyteller and I cannot recommend this series enough.  The first book was very enjoyable, but Hamilton takes her story telling to another level with this one.  I am really looking forward to the third and final book in this trilogy.

As mentioned in my previous review of Rebel of the Sands, the performer for these audiobooks is very good and her voice really brings Amani’s story to life.

Reader: Bekah

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Fantasy · Fiction · Young Adult

Rebel of the Sands

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Title: Rebel of the Sands

Author: Alwyn Hamilton

Performer: Soneela Nankani

Length: 9 hr, 35 min, 55 sec

Series: Rebel of the Sands, Book 1

Publishing Date/Publisher: 2016 by Recorded Books

Format: eAudiobook

Review: I have been on a fantasy kick lately, and I am very excited about this series.  More often than not I will read the first book in a fantasy series, and then move on.  Not the case with this series.  I was downloading the second book before I even finished this one in anticipation of continuing the story.

Sometimes it takes awhile for a story to really rope in the reader.  This book had me hooked from beginning to end.  Although I am not quite behind the rebellion itself 100% yet, I am 100% behind the heroine of the story, Amani.  This book had just the right amount of action and romance to keep me invested, and it has really set the stage for the books that follow.  I can only imagine that the story will getter better as it continues to build.

The performer they picked for this book was very well chosen.  Her melodic voice is an absolute pleasure to listen to, and I was very happy to discover that she is a woman of Indian/Ghanaian descent.  I looked up a photo of her online, and she is very much what I would have pictured the main character to look like, sans the unnaturally blue eyes.

On a completely different note, I LOVE the cover art featured above.  I was a bit dismayed when I saw that the cover art had been revamped for more recent editions, and I was shocked when I realized that the new cover art for the first book is a bit of a spoiler!  One of the most critical reveals in the story is actually evident on the new cover.  This surprises me, as I would think that such things would be vetted by the publisher BEFORE release.  I’m just glad that I got to the reveal before I started browsing for the second book and saw the new cover art.

Reader: Bekah

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