Thank you so much to Orbit Books and Netgalley for letting me read an eARC of the Jasmine Throne by Tasha Suri! This month has been ridiculously busy, so even though this book came out on June 8th, I finally finished it last night and OMG it was sooooo good!!!
The Jasmine Throne 4/5 Stars
Summary from Goodreads:
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 was soooo good! It was so political and there were so many moving parts that didn’t always look like they would go together but then bam! something happened and things began to make sense! This book is the first in a trilogy and I feel like it set up book two really well. Like the first half or so of the book was background information and general scene setting/world building, and the second half had much more action and more things seemed to happen (plot point wise). Character wise, I really liked Priya- she had so much drive and fire within her. I can’t wait to see what happens in book 2 with her. Malini was such a complex character with so many facets- continuously underestimated by everyone around her and always thinking ahead to how she can get her brother off the throne. I also loved how she had brought together so many people/allies for her other brother, as if she were going to end up running the country herself. I also really loved Bhumika- it’s like this book was full of men underestimating the women in their lives. She knew exactly how to run Ahiranya and keep its people as calm as possible. The one thing I really did not like about this book was just how many different points of view we got in chapters- it felt like random new people’s points of view were being added left and right and I would be confused about who they were until about halfway through the chapter. Overall though, I really liked the Jasmine Throne and I definitely recommend reading it!