Saara El-Arifi w/ Tasha Suri and Samantha Shannon for THE FINAL STRIFE

Loyalty is thrilled to welcome Saara El-Arifi in conversation with Tasha Suri and Samantha Shannon for a release day celebration of The Final Strife! This event will be held digitally via Crowdcast. Click here to register for the event with a donation of any amount of your choice. You can also order the book below to be added to the event's registration list. Donations will go to the Women's Reproductive Rights Assistance Project. There will also be an option to snag the book during the event.


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


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. 


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.


Tasha Suri is an award-winning author, a writing tutor, an occasional librarian and a cat owner. She has won the Best Newcomer (Sydney J. Bounds) Award from the British Fantasy Society, the Starburst Brave New Words Award, and has been nominated for the Astounding Award and Locus Award for Best Fantasy Novel. Her debut novel Empire of Sand was named one of the 100 best fantasy books of all time by TIME magazine. When she isn't writing, Tasha likes to cry over TV shows, buy too many notebooks, and indulge her geeky passion for reading about South Asian history. She lives with her family in a mildly haunted house in London.

Samantha Shannon is the New York Times and Sunday Times bestselling author of The Bone Season series. Her work has been translated into twenty-six languages. The Priory of the Orange Tree was her fourth novel and her first outside of The Bone Season series, and was a New York Times and Sunday Times bestseller. She lives in London.

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Event date: 
Tuesday, June 21, 2022 - 6:00pm
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The Final Strife: A Novel By Saara El-Arifi Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593356944
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Del Rey - June 21st, 2022

The Jasmine Throne (The Burning Kingdoms #1) By Tasha Suri Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316538510
Availability: Not In Store - Available to Special Order
Published: Orbit - June 8th, 2021

The Oleander Sword (The Burning Kingdoms #2) By Tasha Suri Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316538565
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Orbit - August 16th, 2022

The Priory of the Orange Tree By Samantha Shannon Cover Image
ISBN: 9781635570304
Availability: Not In Store - Available to Special Order
Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - February 18th, 2020