The final strife A novel

Saara El-Arifi

Book - 2022

"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 dust always rises in a storm. 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. 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"--

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Series
El-Arifi, Saara. Ending fire trilogy ; bk. 1.
Subjects
Genres
Fantasy fiction
Lesbian fiction
Published
New York : Del Rey [2022]
Edition
First edition
Language
English
Item Description
Maps on endpapers.
Physical Description
593 pages : color maps ; 25 cm
ISBN
9780593356944
0593356942
Main Author
Saara El-Arifi (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

Sylah was raised to lead a revolution, but that was a long time ago. She's the only one left now, and she uses her training to make money fighting in rigged, late-night brawls, spending all of the profits on her Joba-seed addiction. Anoor is one of the elites, but her deeply abusive mother, the most powerful in the kingdom, has made sure she knows her own weakness. When Anoor decides to compete to be the next Warden of Strength, Sylah agrees to tutor her in order to steal secrets from the heart of the empire. El-Arifi's book, the first in a trilogy inspired by Ghanian and Arabian folklore, drags somewhat at the very beginning, but once the main characters are established, the narrative rushes by. Sylah, Anoor, and the mysterious Hassa are compelling protagonists who slowly unravel the truths and intrigue behind the Embers' seemingly unshakeable power. The undercurrents of friendship, betrayal, and sapphic love, and the twists and turns of the competitive trials and political intrigue, come together to kick off a magnetic and appealing new series. Copyright 2022 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

El-Arifi debuts and launches the Ending Fire series with a fast-paced epic fantasy inspired by Ghanian and Arabian folklore. The Wardens' Empire maintains a violent social hierarchy based on the color of one's blood. There are three classes: the Embers, the red-blooded elite; the Dusters, a blue blooded second class; and the Ghostings, clear-blooded slaves with virtually no rights. Scrappy heroine Sylah lives among the Dusters, working in their fighting rings while struggling with addiction to deadly joba seeds. But Sylah has a secret: she was born an Ember. She and 12 other Ember children were stolen as babies by a Duster-led resistance called the Sandstorm, who hoped to raise them "to destroy the empire from within." A brutal massacre of Sandstorm's ranks left Sylah the sole survivor, and she's lost all hope of a revolution—until someone she'd thought long dead walks back into her life. Now Sylah works to pick up the pieces of the rebellion with help from her friend Hassa, a clever and resourceful Ghosting, and Anoor, the Duster with whom she was switched at birth. El-Arifi keeps the pages flying even while building an intricate secondary world, allowing readers to learn its rules through action rather than exposition. This sets a high bar for the series to come. Agent: Ginger Clark, Ginger Clark Literary. (June) Copyright 2022 Publishers Weekly.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

"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 dust always rises in a storm. 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. 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"--

Review by Publisher Summary 2

In the first book of a visionary fantasy trilogy with its roots in the mythology of Africa and Arabia that “sings of rebellion, love, and the courage it takes to stand up to tyranny” (Samantha Shannon, author of The Priory of the Orange Tree), three women band together against a cruel empire that divides people by blood.“The Final Strife is the real deal: epic fantasy turned on its head in the most compelling way imaginable.”—Kalynn Bayron, bestselling author of Cinderella Is Dead and This Poison HeartONE OF THE MOST ANTICIPATED BOOKS OF 2022—Book RiotRed 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.  Book One of The Ending Fire Trilogy