November 29, 2019

Eight Will Fall Blog Tour: Review

Eight Will Fall
Author: Sarah Harian
Genre: YA Fantasy
Release Date: November 26, 2019
Publisher: Henry Holt BYR


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.
Eight Will Fall is an exciting new young adult fantasy that fans of the genre are sure to enjoy. There were a lot of aspects that I really enjoyed, but one big thing that held me back from really loving this book was the writing style. If you've read my reviews before, you know how important writing style - especially the point of view the story is told in - plays a huge role in my reading experience. I almost always prefer the first person POV because it allows a deeper and more personal connection between the narrator and the reader. My least favorite is the third person POV, which is what this story is told in. I never seem to lose myself inside the story like I need to or connect with the characters on a meaningful level. Sadly, this was the case with this book. The description sounded promising and I was excited to check it out, but it fell short of my hopes mainly due to the writing style. Please remember that this is only my own personal opinion and not everyone is going to feel this way. I'm just giving my honest opinion.

The characters were rounded and pretty realistic, but I had an issue really connecting with them like I usually do (due to the writing style). I enjoyed getting to know each of them, learning everything I could about each one - their hopes and dreams, fears, memories, histories, thoughts and everything in between. I also liked watching the characters growing and changing themselves and with each other. Again, the story had a ton of potential and was incredibly intriguing. I did enjoy the plot - especially the magic aspect and the journey the characters have to embark on in order to save their kingdom. I wasn't able to get as deeply invested in the story - again due to my personal issues with the writing style. Overall, it was a interesting and thrilling YA fantasy that fans of the genre should definitely check out.
Sarah Harian grew up in the foothills of Yosemite and received her B.A. and M.F.A. from Fresno State University. She spends her free time listening to movie scores and dreaming up monsters, and lives with her husband in Portland, Oregon.  

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