You read the title right, my friends.
I literally had to beg for my brother to go near the bookshelf let alone actually choose one. But I think he enjoyed himself.
Okay, so basically the idea for this ‘series’ started on the 1st of January, 2020 (HOW THE FUCK ARE WE ALREADY IN A NEW DECADE WHAT THE FUCK), when I began to low key freak the fuck out because I didn’t know what to read. To bring some context, I had just finised what has now become one of my new favourite books of all time, The Secret History by Donna Tartt on the 30th of December and had also just finished The Guinevere Deception by Kiersten White. Last year, I began the year by re-reading one of my all-time favourite series, The Guildhunter series by Nalini Singh so I felt as though I began 2019 off to a great start. But here I was, on the first day of a new year, hell, a freaking new decade, and I was not ready.
So, having some anxiety because I couldn’t choose a book was just how I responded to everything, but especially the fact that it was a new year.
Thus, my brother comes into the picture. I asked him if he could choose a book for me to read, he said no, I said please, he said no, I then said “come on bro, help me out” and he rolled his eyes and pointed to We Hunt The Flame by Hafsah Faizal. I looked at him, apologetically and stated,”I’ve already read that, sorry” which resulted in him pointing to the book sitting next to We Hunt The Flame which was Eight Will Fall by Sarah Harian.
It was slightly funny though, when I said I haven’t read that yet. I saw the light in his eyes spark.
Don’t lie bro. You had fun for like, the two seconds this took you to do.
He even agreed to choose one of my TBR’s for a month! Look at us bonding.
I then embarked on this epic reading journey. Eight Will Fall by Sarah Harian is a book I recieved for the December Fairyloot Book box. Previous to recieving the Fairyloot box, I had never heard of this book at all. So I was intrigued upon opening it. For those, who like me, didn’t know about this book, here is the synopsis from Goodreads:
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 Larking and Amias realise 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 engaging read that honestly had me on the edge of my seat for most of its story. The premise itself was incredibly unique and creative, as well as the setting in which it took place. Larkin and her squad, that never really gets to become a squad as most of them freaking die, are tasked with the mission to find the man who was the reason as to why Empaths are oppressed and their magic suprressed which results in them journeying literally to the centre of the earth, dubbed the Reach (like the underworld prison of the Kingdom of Demura) to kill Kyran. In the Reach, horror is personified with montrous creatures who used to be humans, but whom Kyran stripped their humanity and in most cases, their flesh and organs to keep his immortality. Kyran is embedded within every nook and cranny of the Reach so he literally knows everything that occurs and that aspect of the story was incredibly creepy!
In terms of the characters, I enjoyed the characters but I honestly didn’t connect with them. Larkin was an interesting main protagonist but she fell slightly flat. Her personality, and the personalities of the other characters as well, were not really given enough time to be explored. Instead, you reach the end not really invested in the wellbeing of the characters which kind of sucked.
In terms of the world building, it had incredible potential. I found that the execution of the world building did not reach that level- the society and its culture were again, flat. I wanted more, as the premise was so interesting! This is also how I felt with the magic system- I think slightly more explanation was needed. I still had questions in the end pertaining to the abilities of Empaths and there somewhat limitless power. Empaths are able to siphon emotions from others and utilise that to destroy or create – literally anything. There is no limit to what they can or can’t do and I though this aspect of the magic was strange in the sense that, if that was the case, then why isn’t every single Empath just using their limitless might and overthrowing the Queen? There was an attempt to explain this in terms of familial lines, that is, the power of your ancestors go into the familial line when they die. But this didn’t really make sense. SPOILER. We find out that Kyran is Larkin’s direct ancestor through her mother’s line. When Kyran was killed, the power went straight to Larkin…but why didn’t it go to Larkin’s mum? Or Larkin’s little sister? Why Larkin? I didn’t quite understand how the power was handed down and if anyone is more clearer on this than me, please tell me because sometimes I’m a dumb bitch, I ain’t gonna lie.
Overall though, Eight Will Fall by Sarah Harian was an engaging book and I rated it 3.5 stars out of 5. Eight Will Fall is one that I would recommend to those who enjoy young adult fantasy, gore, quests and magic.
That’s it for today, friends!
Let me know what you’re reading at the moment, I need some recommendations!
Until next time, happy reading!
Lots of love,