Eight Will Fall by Sarah Harian
Published by: Henry Holt
Release date: 26/11/2019
Summary: 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 a light in Amias, a fellow outlaw with a notorious past. Soon Larkin and Amias realize their fates are entwined. The eight of them were chosen for a reason.
But as the dangers multiply and her band of felons are picked off one by one, Larkin must confront a terrible truth: They were never meant to return.
I received this book in the December FairyLoot, and I had never heard of it before it came in the box, which actually made me super excited to read it. I have found some really good books through FairyLoot that I never would have picked up or even heard of otherwise, so I was keen to see if this book would be another hit. In case you didn’t guess from my 4 star rating, it was.
I found Larkin character annoying at first. She kept doing things without thinking of the consequences, not just for her but for everyone, including the people she cares about. I was really happy when she grew out of that towards the end of the book, and realised that she was having to make decisions that affected so many people, and she had to think beyond her own wants.
I also found the first 100ish pages a bit slow. Once I got past the first 100 pages, and they got into the cave system, it really picked up for me. It was so atmospheric and there were parts that were really suspenseful and creepy. It had me on the edge of my seat, and I got absolutely lost in the story. I couldn’t put it down, it was so gripping.
I really loved the magic system, especially as we got to learn more about it, and see how it was used and also how it could be abused. I loved all the magic and monsters that we saw down in the caves, I thought it was super creative and interesting to read about.
This book also taught me that I really like the trope of forcing people who have never met each other do a dangerous mission together, and also that I really love books set in caves or other enclosed, dark spaces.
I really can’t wait to see what Sarah comes out with in the future in the fantasy genre.
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