…listed in easy, short bullet points (like all the best things are).
Author of Empire of Sand and Realm of Ash Tasha Suri’s The Jasmine Throne, beginning a new trilogy set in a world inspired by the history and epics of India, in which a captive princess and a maidservant in possession of forbidden magic become unlikely allies on a dark journey to save their empire from the princess’s traitor brother.
Imprisoned by her dictator brother, Malini spends her days in isolation in the Hirana: an ancient temple that was once the source of the powerful, magical deathless waters — but is now little more than a decaying ruin.
Priya is a maidservant, one among several who make the treacherous journey to the top of the Hirana every night to clean Malini’s chambers. She is happy to be an anonymous drudge, so long as it keeps anyone from guessing the dangerous secret she hides.
But when Malini accidentally bears witness to Priya’s true nature, their destinies become irrevocably tangled. One is a vengeful princess seeking to depose her brother from his throne. The other is a priestess seeking to find her family. Together, they will change the fate of an empire.
Rating: ALL THE STARS ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Oh but be still my aching heart, we have found a new love.
This is one of those fantasy books that hit every single mark for me. Actually it might be the fantasy book that hit every single mark for me to utter perfection. It built and built- a burning fever within me that consumed me wholly. It is the most brilliant fantasy I’ve read this year. And that’s saying a lotttt considering I’ve had many great reads already.
I’ve decided rather than writing a rambling review that is probably not going to convey all that is this greatness of a novel, I will instead use the classic bullet point method to list them all that I loved.
2. Multiple povs (noted) that introduce us to perfect specimens of morally grey agendas that are just *chef’s kiss*.
1. Beautiful writing that is everything that makes reading great for me. Short, daunting sentences that piqued my interest with every turn of a page and kept me beyond invested.
3. Characters that are all just as enchanting as the next with gripping backstories that moved me in a way I didn’t know possible. I genuinely loved each and every one I didn’t know who to root for.
4. ENEMIES TO LOVERS DONE RIGHT- yes my one true love, enemies to lovers that is tension, tension, and more tension filled scenes, banterish convos that had me CRYING, not to mention THE KNIFE TO THE RIBS SCENE YES FOLKS HOLDING THE KNIFE TO SOMEPLACE ON THE OTHERS BODY plus A WATERFALL SCENE so you know it’s good — it’s sapphic and it’s glorious.
5. A horrible, ruthless, evil emperor who deserves all the death- rebels and magic, a mysterious forest , a rot that targets the underlings of the caste system.
6. Ancient magical stories based on Indian folklore *chefs kiss chefs kiss chefs kiss* and an age of flowers, phenomenal world building, empires, politics- all the things that make my soul SING.
7. So soooo much more with well fleshed out themes about women, power, political intrigue- all the best things.
8. Less I forget, a traitor prince- YES.
9. EPIC FANTASY I MEAN NEED I SAY MORE.
Gosh, I’m shaking just thinking about this perfect, fabulous book. It was a build up of characters, world building, magic that hit me right in my very core in the best possible way. It had me wholly immersed with every beginning and ending of a sentence. It consumed me so strongly and now- the long, agonizing wait for the sequel.
Thank you to the publisher for the early copy in exchange for an honest review.