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Publisher's Summary

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 Heart

ONE OF THE MOST ANTICIPATED BOOKS OF 2022—Book Riot

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

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2022 Saara El-Arifi (P)2022 Random House Audio

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Everything I wanted from a fantasy series.

The final strife manages to hit all of my favorite aspects of the fantasy genre without letting the plot lines feel stale because of overused tropes and character traits. The worldbuilding is impeccable and the characters are heartbreakingly human. Every character is allowed their own unique strengths, weaknesses, and moral failings and no one is reduced to stereotypes, even when the characters themselves have to work through their biases against eachother. I love the romance and the heartbreakingly realistic way that the high stress of revolution gets in the way of it constantly.
Additionally, I can't not rave about how refreshing it is to have a predominantly black fantasy series given how white the genre seems to skew. And as if that wasn't enough for me to pick it up, there are so much beautiful queer representation in this book, including the romance btw the two main characters and a couple of trans and nonbinary characters as well.

In short,
Saara El-Arifi I'm obsessed with what you created.

And to anyone thinking about it-
YOU SHOULD ABSOLUTELY READ THIS BOOK.

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I can't wait for book two, and in the mean time I'll be here, re-reading and waiting for the fandom this book deserves to emerge.

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Twisted & Mysterious World

What a twisted, mysterious world. The amount of reveals in this book totally made my head spin. I enjoyed every minute of this book. I got sucked right in. Pick this book up immediately.

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Wow… you won’t put this down!

Soo many twist and turns was great! There were points in the story where I felt apart of the world. Like can book 2 be out like yesterday lol!

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Unique intriguing storyline w great narration

I was totally drawn in to the story from the beginning. The depth of the characters and the alternating points of view are perfect at moving you along for the ride. I can’t wait to listen to what happens next.

The narrator does a great job as well. Her voice is beautiful. Her accents are spot on and her singing is eerie. Totally recommend.