EIGHT WILL FALL, by Sarah Harian, Henry Holt & Company Books For Young Readers, Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group


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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.

Out November 2019

352 Pages Approx.

MY THOUGHTS:

I received this book in exchange for my honest review.

First, people who like books that are character-driven–don’t read this. You’ll complain that you didn’t connect with any of the characters. You shouldn’t– it’s not character driven… <coughs>

People who like strong fast-paced plot driven books–this one is for you! You’ll love it!

The MC is developed perfectly and the other characters help drive the MC toward her goals to resolution. The setting is vivid and elaborate, written in such a way that you are drawn in and can see what you’re reading about. There are intricate moments of setting affecting plot and I loved it!

Gore and gruesomeness is everywhere and the ick factor is thrown in to add a lot of grossness. I loved it! This is a fantasy/horror cross-over and worthy of the title.

The action never stops and the adventure keeps you riveted to each page as it turns. I loved this magic system and give Harian high kudos for originality. It’s thought-provoking and interesting and you are taken through how it all works and responds. It held my fascination right up to the end.

The ending is everything you’ll want in this genre cross-over.

I gave this book a well-earned:

5-star

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