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The sequel to THE JASMINE THRONE has more of everything: romance, drama, action, and stakes. It is another beautifully written story about love and sacrifice, and will leave a bittersweet taste in the mouths of readers.
All of the characters are pushed to their breaking points. No one leaves the story unscathed, and the finale is sure to leave readers shocked and thrilled.
Malini continued to grow in her power, becoming a fearsome empress by the end. Priya also pushed herself to the limits and paid a dear price for what and who she loved. Bhumika is still one of my favourites and her story broke my heart so many times. I adore Rao and his loyalty, and can’t wait to see where his journey goes next.
The plot balances various relationships and political plots. As with the previous book, it’s a slow but ultimately rewarding burn. The romance and friendships hit on a deeply emotional level, which makes the end of each arc all the more devastating.
The lore is expanded and adds to this breathtaking world. Tasha Suri writes with a beautiful style that almost makes this read like an ancient myth. This is a very unique and vividly imagined series. I can’t wait to see how it ends!
SAPPHIC BOOK BINGO: not a romance, out of your comfort zone, POC author/character, bet or dare, established couple; UNICORN: 400+ pages, more than 2 POVs, faith (possibly other categories)
This is not a standalone story. It wasn't that long ago that I'd read the first book, and I still had to refer to the cast of characters reference every once in a while. Priya and Milina went their separate ways at the end of The Jasmine Throne, and this novel started off with both of them going forward with their plans for the future of their own regions. Priya and Bhumika used their thrice-born powers to try to keep and prevent the rot from spreading to more people and crops. Milina sought support for a war against her corrupt brother, Chandra. Chandra's fake Mother's fire was a challenge for Milina and her army, so she wrote to Priya, and she came out to help. The true source of the rot started to stalk Bhumika and Priya, becoming dangerous to their region, and the yaksa, the manifested rot spirits, began revealing their true intentions. The setup for book three is already making me excited for Suri's next book. So far, it's a fantastic series that many readers will love.
Just as amazing as the first. The lush world that draws you in and makes you live in it while you read. The compelling and tragic characters. There's nothing about these books I don't love. Except Chandra. I even loved the heart wrenching conclusion. I cannot wait for the third installment.