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The Battle Drum

Tekijä: Saara El-Arifi

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Sarjat: The Ending Fire Trilogy (2)

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"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"--… (lisätietoja)
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#ReadAroundTheWorld. #United Arab Emirates

This is the second book in the fantasy series by Saara El-Arifi. Born in the UAE and raised in England, her world is built on the Ghanaian folklore and Arabian mythology of her parents heritage.

In this second story Anoor continues her training as the first ruler of the Warden’s Empire to secretly have blue blood. Her world is suddenly thrown into jeopardy when she is falsely accused of a murder and must solve it to clear her name.

In the meantime Sylah is on a voyage with her ex-lover Jond dealing with monsters, magic and threats to the entire empire. Sylah is a badass but the long distance relationship with Anoor felt like a trial.

The third leading lady, Ghosting, Hassa mysteriously moves around the castle and city uncovering the mystery of whether it is the tide wind responsible for a series of deaths or whether something else is at play. I enjoyed her friendship with Kwame and her character arc.

It’s always good to have strong female leads however thus book felt a bit “in-betweeney” to me, like the filler between a very strong first story and what will probably be a strong ending to the trilogy. I guess that is often the fate of the second book in a trilogy. I’m definitely still invested enough to want to complete the trilogy. 3.5 stars ( )
  mimbza | Apr 7, 2024 |
Yassss! This is, hands down, the most brilliant sophomore book of a debut author I have ever read. In this installment, we get to take a deep dive into the lore and worldbuilding of Empire and beyond and see how little twists of a people's origin story can absolutely change the course of humanity. I love watching the growing arcs of Anoor and Sylah, though they are growing away from each other and finding out who they each really are inside. You'll laugh with them, cry with them, scream at them (literally) and try to steer them with your passion for their story. A fast-paced, beautifully vivid shift to a focus on world-building without losing any of the magic of book 1s character driven awesomeness.

Don't forget Jond, Hessa and the crew either. They have some major parts to play in this unfolding time bomb!

You definitely want to read this one. What are you waiting for? Go get it. Now! ( )
  BreePye | Oct 6, 2023 |
Yassss! This is, hands down, the most brilliant sophomore book of a debut author I have ever read. In this installment, we get to take a deep dive into the lore and worldbuilding of Empire and beyond and see how little twists of a people's origin story can absolutely change the course of humanity. I love watching the growing arcs of Anoor and Sylah, though they are growing away from each other and finding out who they each really are inside. You'll laugh with them, cry with them, scream at them (literally) and try to steer them with your passion for their story. A fast-paced, beautifully vivid shift to a focus on world-building without losing any of the magic of book 1s character driven awesomeness.

Don't forget Jond, Hessa and the crew either. They have some major parts to play in this unfolding time bomb!

You definitely want to read this one. What are you waiting for? Go get it. Now! ( )
  BreePye | Oct 6, 2023 |
The Battle Drum by Saara El-Arifi is Ms. El-Arifi’s sequel to The Ending Fire trilogy and holy hell! I adored the first book in the series because it was fresh and exciting and completely unpredictable. The Battle Drum is all that and more, something I did not think was possible.

The action starts right away, with The Battle Drum picking up a day or two after the end of The Final Strife. Our three main characters, Hassa, Sylah, and Anoor, are still angry and still fighting against the injustices that plague their country. In any good sequel, the original quest changes, and the same holds true here. Sylah seeks a solution to the growing nightly hurricane problem. Hassa must balance her duties to her people with her growing friendships with those who are not her people. Anoor is the same mess as always, looking without leaping and judging before there is a shred of evidence, but her messes are even bigger and potentially more dangerous.

Much like the first novel, I had no idea in which direction Ms. El-Arifi was taking the women’s stories. I never wrapped my mind around the dual timelines, and I remained clueless about the story’s trajectory until I received that final puzzle piece. Looking back, I am so glad I was unable to guess anything. Not only were the reveals more effective because they were surprises, but I also enjoyed the story more as a result. The Battle Drum is a complicated story. There are a lot of moving pieces to match the large cast of characters. I appreciate how deftly Ms. El-Arifi weaves each piece into the larger story while keeping you guessing the entire time.

The other impressive aspect of The Battle Drum is that by the end of this second novel, who the villain is versus the heroes is unclear. Sylah, Hassa, and Anoor are morally gray. If there were doubts before, there are none by the end of the sequel. Each does things that cause harm to others as a direct result of choosing to be selfish instead of selfless. At the same time, we meet a new character who you could call the villain, but I have a difficult time sticking that label on her. Her actions are not any worse than those taken by the other characters, and, unlike them, her actions are completely selfless. It makes for a compelling drama as the lines of good versus evil blur and intermingle and even fade completely.

Another fun aspect of The Battle Drum is that it feels like the first book in a series. Yes, the characters are the same, and there is one key storyline from The Final Strife that remains pertinent in book two. However, Ms. El-Afiri introduces so many new places with new people and uncovers game-changing information that it has none of the stagnancies that plague so many sequels. All of it is new and exciting, and the answers you get leave you reeling.

While good sequels do exist, there are so many less-than-good ones that there is a reason why many readers approach sequels with caution. The Battle Drum suffers from none of that. I found everything about it compelling and became so engrossed in the story that the lines between reality and fiction blurred ever so slightly. If The Final Strife was impressive, The Battle Drum is awe-inspiring in its scope, its detail, and its execution. ( )
  jmchshannon | May 23, 2023 |
TW/CW: Death, murder, execution, sex, injury

RATING: 4/5

REVIEW: I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley and Del Rey and am voluntarily writing an honest review.

I was very excited to be approved for this book since I really loved the first one. This one was very good too, although it suffered a little from ‘middle book syndrome.’ I’m going to try to write this review without spoilers, since I don’t want to ruin the first book OR this one, but that’s probably going to mean I can’t get very specific on the plot.

The Battle Drum begins where The Final Strife ends, following the journeys of both Anoor and Sylah, both dangerous and deadly in their own ways. Along the way, we learn more about the world introduced to us in The Final Strife, and we see characters taking sides for the battle that is sure to come in the final book.

This book is, without a doubt, interesting and well written. The characters, while not always loveable, are fascinating and you can’t help but care about what happens next. The world and its mythology are unique and feel deep and as if there is a great deal more to explore.

I love the LGBTQIA+ representation in this book, something it embraces fully and I loved reading.

I did think, however, that at 560 pages, this book was a little bit too long. I also thought that – as I said before – ‘middle book syndrome’ was a bit of a problem. There’s no real beginning and no real ending, so while stuff does happen you finish it wanting the ~real~ ending.

All in all, I really enjoyed this book though, and I would definitely recommend to fantasy fans! ( )
  Anniik | Mar 26, 2023 |
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"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"--

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