Title: EIGHT WILL FALL
Author: Sarah Harian
Publisher: Fierce Reads (Macmillan)
Release date: November 29th, 2019
Trigger warnings: some gruesome descriptions
(Thank you to Sarah Harian and Fierce Reads for sending along an ARC in exchange for my honest opinion.)
EIGHT WILL FALL is a thrilling tale of Larkin and seven companions who must travel deep underground - by order of the ruling queen - to find an ancient horror and see if he is still alive. Perfect for fans of The Suicide Squad and Teeth in the Mist, this YA “horror” book is a must-read for fans looking for some jump scares.
Here’s a short summary from Amazon:
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.
Overall, I did enjoy EIGHT WILL FALL! It’s not multi-POV like I’ve seen some reviews say, but rather from the main character’s POV. Larkin just talks about the other seven members, and it does NOT switch between eight POVs. Everything is seen from Larkin’s POV.
Plus, I had also seen some reviews say that it gave them Six of Crows vibes. While I might could see this, I didn’t understand where they were coming from. I see it as more of a Suicide Squad, dysfunctional army squadron type of thing, but in a good way.
Speaking of the characters, that was the one thing that I wasn’t a fan of in the book. Since we only hear about the characters from Larkin’s perspective, we don’t really understand their individual personalities since we see them solely through Larkin’s eyes. I felt like we were seeing the characters the way she was seeing them, and she could be prejudiced. Plus, I felt like Jacques and Elf were the only characters that I could sort of grasp a handle on. I felt like I did understand their personalities, but still wanted more of them. The bummer part of it was that I really didn’t care anything about the other characters, because I felt like I wasn’t attached to them in any way.
I really enjoyed the underground adventure type of book, since I hadn’t read one of those before. I got serious Tomb Raider vibes from the cover, and I wasn’t disappointed. Overall, I really liked the story and the whole idea of the Empaths. BUT, sometimes the blood and gore was a little much for me. I would definitely not read this book before bed (like I did).
I know this book was originally supposed to be a duology, so I wasn’t expecting the ending to be as rushed as it was. I was sort of disappointed in the ending just because it felt very fast, almost rushed. I wished that we had gotten more detail (no spoilers) and the climax was more resolved.
In conclusion, EIGHT WILL FALL is such an interesting concept. I liked the main character, the romance, and the magic system. I really, really wish that we had heard more from the individual characters. I think this could be solved by actually making it multi-POV, even if you only add POVs from one or two more major characters. It really was an exciting novel, though, and I recommend trying it for yourself to see what you think! If you enjoyed TEETH IN THE MIST or THE 5th WAVE, I think you’ll really enjoy EIGHT WILL FALL.
EIGHT WILL FALL receives 3.5 stars out of 5.