That night, the three teenagers are hailed as heroes in the city. Zélie is called “The Immortal,” Tzain “The Commander,” and Amari “The Lionaire.” Amari feels like an imposter. She is disturbed by the fact that she killed someone, an echo of King Saran’s commands.
Amari also feels heartened that they are closer to bringing back magic and to avenging Binta. Tzain tries to convince Amari that she should go home to avoid having to kill again. But thinking about how she’s followed her family’s orders all her life, Amari rejects his suggestion. She tells him she wants to stay, to fight for what’s right. She’s also heartened when he says that he wants her to stay, too.
Amari also recognizes that in certain moments violence is warranted, especially in a fight to bring justice and peace. Hoping to continue on the path of fighting for what she believes is right rather than following her father’s wishes, Amari decides to stay and help Tzain and Zélie.