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Book Review: The Final Strife by Saara El-Arifi (ARC)

"Red is the blood of the elite, of magic, of control.

Blue is the blood of the poor, of workers, of the resistance.

Clear is the blood of the slaves, of the crushed, of the invisible.

Sylah dreams of days growing up in the resistance, being told she would spark a revolution that would free the empire from the red-blooded ruling classes’ tyranny. That spark was extinguished the day she watched her family murdered before her eyes.

Anoor has been told she’s nothing, no one, a disappointment, by the only person who matters: her mother, the most powerful ruler in the empire. But when Sylah and Anoor meet, a fire burns between them that could consume the kingdom—and their hearts.

Hassa moves through the world unseen by upper classes, so she knows what it means to be invisible. But invisibility has its uses: It can hide the most dangerous of secrets, secrets that can reignite a revolution. And when she joins forces with Sylah and Anoor, together these grains of sand will become a storm.

As the empire begins a set of trials of combat and skill designed to find its new leaders, the stage is set for blood to flow, power to shift, and cities to burn."

Pages: 640


I received The Final Strife by Saara El-Arifi for free by Harper Voyager UK in exchange for an honest review. Thank you so much for my gorgeous advanced copy!

“Love gives you strength, but retribution gives you purpose”

Wow, Wow, WOW! I loved this book from the first page and was absolutely obsessed from this quote!

I LOVE our main character Sylah! She is determined and ruthless when she has to be in this harsh world but also has the most caring heart. The “chosen one” who totally misses her calling is such a FANTASTIC concept and it was executed brilliantly!!

The POV changes throughout the story were done so well and each character had their own strength and determination which made them all so interesting to read! I loved how everything wove together but there were also so many turns that it keeps you on your toes! The twists in this story were amazing and had me literally shouting “OH MY GOD” out loud multiple times!

The worldbuilding is absolutely extraordinary - it is so intricate and deliciously detailed! I was fully immersed into this world, it was a heart racing adventure that I devoured! The secrecy, betrayals, the adventure…I can’t wait to read even more from this series!

I enjoyed every single aspect of this story which you can tell by the fact that I flew through this chonky book in a couple of days! I feel like if I tabbed all of my favourite parts I’d be tabbing every single page multiple times! Plus the fact that it is sapphic is the cherry on the top! An amazing book to treat yourself to for Pride Month!

And if you think this proof is stunning have you seen the finished Waterstones copy?! The red foil and sprayed edges - GORGEOUS! I can’t wait for my copy to come!

The Final Strife is truly EPIC in every single way and Saara has definitely rocketed up to my favourite authors list - I am so excited to read even more from her!

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