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Title: The Jasmine Throne
Author: Tasha Suri
Publisher: Orbit Books
Genre: Fantasy | LGBTQ+ | Romance
Publication Date: June 8, 2021
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But some men dream of times long dead, and times that never existed…
and they’re willing to tear the world apart entirely to get them.
The Jasmine Throne Synopsis
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.
The Jasmine Throne Review
The Jasmine Throne is the first novel in Tasha Suri’s new trilogy, Burning Kingdoms. It is steeped in Indian culture and mythology. I love all mythologies. Indian mythology is so epic and the culture is so rich with history.
Unfortunately, this book kind of fell flat for me. I believe that this is very much a setting up the second book. There was so much world building in it. The perspectives flip from character to character and aren’t always in the main characters perspectives. I found both Malini and Priya to be lacking something. Perhaps we will see more character growth in the next books. Honestly, the most interesting character is Bhumika. She was the most interesting from the beginning to the end. Malini and Priya are supposed to be the main romance in the novel. I kind of found that aspect to be so minor in the book, yet it was hyped up as a sapphic romance. I am not sure what is to come from them, but their romance so far has be underwhelming.
This book was a struggle for me to read. I actually had to buddy read it for me to complete it. I am not sure what the problem was. I just think it was the pacing, while there are events throughout, it is a really slow read. I had hoped the ending had redeemed it, however, I predicted the big reveal at that 25% mark. While I did not love the read, I will likely read the rest of the trilogy.
A special thank you goes out to Orbit Books, & NetGalley for providing me a copy of this book for review!
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About Tasha Suri
Tasha Suri was born in the U.K., but toured India during childhood holidays. She is now a librarian in London, and studied English and creative writing at Warwick University.
Burning Kingdoms Series
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