Title : The tiger at Midnight
Author : Swati Teerdhala
Series : Tiger at midnight Trilogy
Pages : 496 pages
Release date : April 23
Publisher : HarperCollins
Genre : Fantasy , Young Adult , Romance
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.
I’ve been on the lookout for this book since the day the cover and the blurb released. Indian inspired Epic fantasy and mythology with a starcrossed love?? Sign me up.
We travel with (i mean it almost literally, cuz the explanations make the experience real) Esha amd Kunal with their dual PoV for the whole book.
Kunal , the loyal soldier of Red fort the country Esha is fighting against. We get to see them fight meanwhile the epic battle between the two countries and the politics develop.
For those who don’t know , Indians value the nerdness and respect the best. The best person’s quality should be being truthful , know-it-all , and honour the gods , ancestors and elders. And the usual battle honours , not backstabbing and one on one fights.
The tiger at midnight captured the entire essence of Indian culture and played along. The descriptions were so perfect and wonderful. Even the characters were soo much relatable.
The basic plot is kunal trying to catch Esha. But with their world changing and their countries fighting over , there’s a lot on stake for the soldier and the rebel.
Tiger at midnight will catch your eye with the near- perfect world building and the plot. Instead of being so obvious at some points , its intriguing.
Swati’s debut writing style is promising but flowery. If you’re into that style , you won’t be disappointed.
Both Esha , Kunal and their friends fit right into their character and never disappoint us. There are surprising characters on the way like every other story but it just makes us turn the page with amusement.
The twists come and end waay before the ending , so it kinda has two endings?!
I thought i caught a poppy war reference, but I’m not sure.
That’s all guys. If you’re a fan of slow burn adn star crossed love , you will love the tiger at midnight.
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