I don’t know why but I picked up this book, read a few chapters, put it back down, and then forgot about it. Now that I finally finished reading it, I could kick myself for tacking so long!
The Plot (according to 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 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.
This book dives straight into the action. Instead of spending a hundred pages on world-building, and situating the reader, here we start in medias res. It was a nice change after reading many other books that dragged on at first. Naturally, you’ll have a few confusing moments but you’ll soon be able to figure things out.
The story is rather interesting, and we learn along with the characters as they make their journey. I like the backstory/mythology Sarah Harian came up with and was immediately fascinated by the concept.
I was also rather excited to read more but it appears while originally this was meant to be part one of a duology, the second book was canceled (?).
The ending came rather abruptly and I was a bit irritated when the book was suddenly over. I didn’t feel like a good conclusion and I fully expected there to be another novel picking up from there. Alas, I’m out of luck.
As for the characters, it took me a while to relate to them. Honestly, for me what made this book great was the story and the journey. The characters were mostly a side-note for me. So, keep that in mind if you need to feel really connected to a character in order to enjoy a book.
It’s a shame there won’t be another Eight Will Fall novel. Here the story really would have profited from another installment. Alas, what we got is fascinating enough and the world-building is pretty cool!
Did you read this book? Let me know in the comments what you think!