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“Never greet a tiger at midnight,
for they are the manifestations
of your past misdeeds”
All An Ember in the ashes fans, who want to read something similar, this is the book you are looking for.
I was really excited to read this book after reading the blurb. I mean I love books with good politics, romance and mystery… and this book had all of it, but it was it wasn’t enough.
This doesn’t mean that it wasn’t a good book. I did enjoy reading it and was engaged during the story.
So what is it about?
The story takes place in the lands of Jansa and Dharka, two lands bound together by magic that descends from twins Naria and Narian and requires a blood ritual from their bloodline, who are the only ones who have magical powers. Only the females are allowed to rule and it is their blood that is necessary to ensure that the bond isn’t broken.
However, the land in Jansa has been taken over by a man (typical), known as the Pretender King after a massacre of the rightful royals in Jansa. This results in problems such as droughts and diseases for both lands, and the only thing that can save them is if the blood ritual is performed. The only descendant believed to be alive is Princess Reha, and no one knows where she is.
Kunal and Esha , one a soldier forced into the army as a child by his uncle, after the death of his parents and the other is the feared Viper, the legendary assassin, that no one knows the identity of, much less that it is a girl.
Esha is on a mission to kill the general, who happens to be Kunal’s uncle, as a part of the plan to take down the king by the rebel group of Dharka, known as the Crescent Blades. Her path and Kunal’s cross during this, a moment that changes everything.
She finds the general murdered by someone already, who has framed her. Who else knew she was supposed to be here?
Kunal is then sent on a mission to find the Viper which will make him Commander. He puts two and two together, and so begins the cat and mouse game.
The romance in this was kind of insta lovey, but not overwhelming. I love that they wanted each other as they were,accepting everything.
The characters were interesting and Kunal is my favourite. He loves to paint, but has to hide it as he is a soldier. No one is one dimensional and they are quite complex. I didn’t really like Esha that much because i felt that she was similar to a lot of other characters i have read before. She is beautiful and everyone loved her. She was total badass though, so she gets points.
The author’s writing was engaging and the the story flowed quite smoothly. It was able to narrate the story in a way that kept the reader interested. The characters do go through development as the story goes and we learn more about their past and how Kunal regrets all his choices being made for him, whereas Esha regrets her past actions. They were realistic and i did enjoy reading about them.
Overall it was a an enjoyable read and I can’t wait to read the sequel