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The Archer at Dawn by Swati Teerdhala – ARC Review

Thank you to Fantastic Flying Book Club for the arc in exchange for an honest review. I am part of the blog tour for The Archer at Dawn and today I will be sharing some of my favourite quotes and my review!

I really enjoyed The Tiger at Midnight so I was really excited to read the sequel and it did not disappoint! You can read my review of The Tiger at Midnight here

Rating:

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Synopsis from Goodreads:

The Sun Mela is many things: a call for peace, a cause for celebration, and, above all, a deadly competition. For Kunal and Esha, finally working together as rebel spies, it provides the perfect guise to infiltrate King Vardaan’s vicious court.
Kunal will return to his role as dedicated Senap soldier, at the Sun Mela to provide extra security for the palace during the peace summit for the divided nations of Jansa and Dharka. Meanwhile, Esha will use her new role as adviser to Prince Harun to keep a pulse on shifting political parties and seek out allies for their rebel cause. A radical plan is underfoot to rescue Jansa’s long-lost Princess Reha—the key to the stolen throne.But amid the Mela games and glittering festivities, much more dangerous forces lie in wait.
With the rebel Blades’ entry into Vardaan’s court, a match has been lit, and long-held secrets will force Kunal and Esha to reconsider their loyalties—to their country and to each other. Getting into the palace was the easy task; coming out together will be a battle for their lives.

This book starts where The Tiger at Midnight ended and Kunal and Esha both infiltrate the Sun Mela in different ways which allows them to plan a way to find the long lost princess and save their land and people.

It was really interesting to see how this book was in some ways quite different to the first, in The Tiger at Midnight we mainly see Kunal and Esha with others making appearances as they are both travelling across the country in a cat and mouse chase. This book however keeps them in one place throughout the book, in the palace and at court. This gave us so much more insight into not only Kunal and Esha but all the other characters we met or heard about in the first book and fleshed out the world even more. I loved seeing that.

“What’s not to like? Subterfuge and schemes. You’ve dealt with vicious vipers and snapping turtles. It’ll be fun.”

We see a lot more political intrigue in this book too as we spend a vast portion amongst the royals and nobles with them trying to form allies and find out how to save their lost princess. Both Kunal and Esha had to decide who they could trust and everyone had secrets which made the story really intriguing.

We learn a lot more of the history of the world and how they ended up in the situation that they are now in and it was so interesting to learn about and how each character was affected differently by it. There are some hints about some characters that I am especially interested to learn more about which I think will be revealed in the next book and I can already imagine the tension!

“Kunal had decided long ago that Esha would be the death of him, but he had never feared death.”

I loved seeing how their relationship developed in this book too as they had their own loyalties and pasts to think about but also how their relationship was developing and if they could truly trust each other as they both had secrets of their own. In some ways they were so different from each other, and have been on opposite sides for so long and yet they are both driven by changing things for the better for their people. They often bring out the best in each other but their relationship gets really complicated with so much at stake and so many people warring for their loyalty.

I am especially looking forward to seeing how their relationship will develop in the next book after that ending! The book slowly built up to the climax and yet there were plot twists that I should have seen coming but didn’t and I was left reeling. It made me rethink everything I read and I just loved all the revelations!

The way the book ending left me needing the next book asap because I need to know what will happen next! I am very afraid for the lives of all my favourite characters because I don’t know how everyone will come out of this alive.

I highly recommend everyone read these books! They are so underappreciated and they are so good! The Indian culture and mythology that has been woven into the story from the world to the clothes and food, I loved seeing it so much! I love the banter and development of the main characters and I just need you all to read these books!

“A new beginning. A chance to do something, for once. It was all he could really ask for.”

About the Author

Swati Teerdhala is the author of The Tiger at Midnight series, which has appeared on both Barnes and Noble and Book Riot’s Most Anticipated Novelslists.After graduating from the University of Virginia with a BS in finance and BA in history, she tumbled into the marketing side of the technology industry. She’s passionate about many things, including how the right ratio of curd-to-crust in a lemon tart. She currently lives in New York City

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The Tiger at Midnight by Swati Teerdhala – Book Review

I had been excited about reading this book ever since I heard about it! It’s inspired by ancient Indian history and Hindu mythology and I immediately added it to my tbr. This book did not disappoint!

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Rating: 4/5

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Esha is a legend, but no one knows. It’s only in the shadows that she moonlights as the Viper, the rebels’ highly skilled assassin. She’s devoted her life to avenging what she lost in the royal coup, and now she’s been tasked with her most important mission to date: taking down the ruthless General Hotha.
Kunal has been a soldier since childhood, training morning and night to uphold the power of King Vardaan. His uncle, the general, has ensured that Kunal never strays from the path—even as a part of Kunal longs to join the outside world, which has been growing only more volatile.
Then Esha’s and Kunal’s paths cross—and an unimaginable chain of events unfolds. Both the Viper and the soldier think they’re calling the shots, but they’re not the only players moving the pieces. As the bonds that hold their land in order break down and the sins of the past meet the promise of a new future, both rebel and soldier must make unforgivable choices.

This book is fast paced and intense especially in the second half of the book. I really loved reading this and kept wanting to read just one more chapter which kept me reading well into the night! I adored Esha and Kunal and watching their story unfold was so much fun!

This book is told from two points of view so we get to see things from both Esha and Kunal. I really loved that as we get to see both sides of the story and it gives us a view of the world from both their opposing sides. The world building is incredible, it was intricate and detailed. I adored the vivid descriptions from the landscape, to the food and clothes. I absolutely loved the way Indian culture was incorporated into the story and how different Kunal’s clothes were as a soldier compared to other fantasy books. I loved that Esha wore sari’s and the food they ate and even the way that people lived and the traditions they had. It was all so refreshing to see that in the book!

Both Esha and Kunal are really complex characters, as the story progresses we learn more about each of them and we realise that there is more than meets the eye. They show themselves in a certain way to everyone else yet they are so much more than that and it was so nice to see them slowly discover that about each other. We quickly realise that it isn’t as simple as just black and white, good and evil. They are all morally grey and especially in the case of Kunal and Esha, they have both killed but they both justify why they do these things. Kunal is a soldier and Esha is trying to save her people.

They both start out on opposing sides of the war that has ravaged their countries for years yet they are attracted to each other and I loved seeing the enemies to lovers trope! They don’t immediately fall in love but as they interact and learn more about each other they develop feelings for each other and the slow burn romance killed me! I was literally screaming at them to admit already! Another thing I loved about their interactions was the banter and sparring that happens whenever they meet. It left me with a big smile on my face each time.

The end of the story where mysteries are unveiled and we find out what has been happening, it kept me on the edge of my seat! We find out some things that I can tell will play a huge role in the next book and I am already excited to read the next book!