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The Battle Drum

By Saara El-Arifi
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Publisher Description

Murder. Secrets. Sacrifice: Three women seek the truth of the empire’s past. And the truth they find will have the power to ignite a war, in the sequel to The Final Strife, the continuation of a visionary fantasy trilogy inspired by the myths of Africa and Arabia.

“[A] riveting high-fantasy series . . . intense and compelling.”—Booklist


Anoor is the first blue-blooded ruler of the Wardens’ Empire. But when she is accused of a murder she didn’t commit, her reign is thrown into turmoil. She must solve the mystery and clear her name without the support of her beloved, Sylah.

Sylah braves new lands to find a solution for the hurricane that threatens to destroy her home. But in finding answers, she must make a decision: Should she sacrifice her old life in order to raise up her sword once more?

Hassa’s web of secrets grows ever thicker as she finds herself on the trail of crimes in the city. Her search uncovers the extent of the atrocities of the empire’s past and present. Now she must guard both her heart and her land.

The three women find their answers, but not the answers they wanted. The drumbeat of change thrums throughout the world.

And it sings a song of war.

Ready we will be, when the Ending Fire comes,
When the Child of Fire brings the Battle Drum,
The Battle Drum,
The Battle Drum.
Ready we will be, for war will come.

Book Two of The Ending Fire Trilogy

99 Reviews

Surprised Face with Open Mouth
Believable charactersCharacters change and growDiverse charactersMulti-layered charactersDescriptive writingAddictiveTwistyUnpredictableMagical settingDark
Diverse charactersDarkAbuseBigotryViolence
Loudly Crying Face“The 👏🏾 Battle 👏🏾 Drum. El-Arifi did her thing with this one! The pacing was perfect. There were just enough twists and turns to make you audibly gasp, but not enough to break your neck. And the way she yanked on my heart strings with the theme of loss had me nearly in tears. I’m so excited to see how this will all end! Let the ending fire rage ! 🔥”
Multi-layered charactersTwistyHeartbreaking
Surprised Face with Open Mouth“A very solid second book. Way more characters and stories were introduced in book 2 and the story jumps between them a lot. I enjoyed and can’t wait to read the conclusion when it’s finally released!”
Multi-layered charactersDescriptive writingDark settingDark
Surprised Face with Open Mouth“I cannot belive this book ended I was so immersed that when I came to the last peg I was in shock. Another spectacular installment I thought I knew what was coming but everything surprised me and the characters are so authentic and enjoy to follow. LOVE LOVE LOVE. But please I need Anoor and Sylah to reconnect I can have them apart any longer 😫😫”
Characters change and growBeautifully writtenDescriptive writingOriginal writingAddictiveSuspensefulUnpredictableImmersive setting

About Saara El-Arifi

Saara El-Arifi is the internationally bestselling author of The Final Strife, the first part of a trilogy inspired by her Ghanaian and Sudanese heritage. She has lived in many countries, had many jobs, and owned many more cats. El-Arifi knew she was a storyteller from the moment she told her first lie. Over the years she has perfected her tall tales into epic ones. She currently resides in London as a full-time procrastinator.

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