The third and final instalment of the Rebel of the Sands trilogy and my god I was not ready. It was glorious and brutal. With every book, somehow Alwyn's writing improves, becomes more beautiful and her plot twists even more incredible. I can't wait to see what she has in store next. I particularly loved the journey she took every character on but specifically Amani. From book one to three there has been so much development with her character. She's grown up, made hard decisions and made mistakes, but was always the first to admit when she was wrong. She didn't take anyone's crap and I loved that. I'm sad we won't be getting anymore books set in this world.
This is going to absolute chaos. I can't put my thoughts into a coherent order.
Firstly, so much death. Death everywhere!
Hala, Sam, Noorsham!
Of all of them it was definitely Hala's death that got to me the most. The fact that she'd made Amani promise to kill her should the Sultan get his hands on her. It was such a powerful scene and provided a great amount of tension for the book. It was something characters constantly asked about. Sam's was second, it was more so Shazad's reaction to it. I got a little teary, particularly because they finally kissed. FINALLY. And then he died. WHYYY. Noorsham, though I wasn't really invested in him as a character felt that his death was very moving. If there's one thing Alwyn does well, it's killing off her own characters.
There were so many moments that had me gasping. When Amani and Jin almost died, Izz and Maz flying above the battle, Shazad in the hole. So many twists and turns. I couldn't keep up.
But that ending. That is how an epilogue is done. It's very rare that once a book finishes we get to know what happened to the characters, in this we got to look at nearly another thirty years into the future. It was phenomenal. I adored this series.