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The Final Strife

By Saara El-Arifi
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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.

“A game-changing new voice in epic fantasy . . . There are no Chosen Ones here, only bad choices and blood.”—Tasha Suri, author of The Jasmine Throne

ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR: Oprah Daily, Autostraddle


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. 
 
Book One of The Ending Fire Trilogy

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Thumbs Up“At first this seemed like a less entertaining Red Rising. But it made its own mark and was an enjoyable read. I didn't like many of the characters, but some grew on me. There are some mysteries, many of which remain unresolved presumably until the next installments. I am glad this world, which has such rampant oppression and classism, also has thought out elements of lasting subterfuge and multiple uprisings against such power. Something that always bothers me in dystopian books is when they have people enduring the unendurable (like taking their children, maiming, etc.) without ANY recent uprising beyond the MC "rebellion" that was apparently just waiting for them for, uh, a couple hundred years. May read the next books when available.”
Characters change and growMulti-layered charactersEasy to readMagical settingViolence
Characters change and growDiverse charactersLikable charactersMulti-layered charactersDescriptive writingTwisty

About Saara El-Arifi

Saara El-Arifi's heritage is intrinsically linked to the themes she explores in her writing. She was raised in the Middle East until her formative years, when her family swapped the Abu Dhabi desert for the English Peak District hills. This change of climate taught her what it means to be Black in a white world. The Final Strife is Saara El-Arifi's debut novel, the first part of a trilogy inspired by Ghanaian folklore and Arabian myths.

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