The Jasmine Throne
Author: Tasha Suri Genre: Fantasy Publisher: Orbit Books
ARC provided by Orbit Books
- The worldbuilding and the magic. Like, this book was so cool? The worldbuilding was incredible. Even writing this review, I can picture the world so perfectly inside my head–particularly the Hirana! I loved learning about all the different factions and their politics and the histories between them; the complications and the depth was just fantastic. Plus, the magic of the Hirana and the devastation of the rot was just…wow.
- Priya! Priya! I fucking love Priya, okay? Her strength, her kindness, the way she carries herself, the battles she has to go through (Suri doesn’t pull any punches). It was impossible not to root for her. (But, let’s not forget the other powerful women introduced! Like, Malini fascinated me as much as she broke my heart. And Lady Bhumika? If you asked me to serve you, I’d do it on my knees.)
- Page 299. So, I won’t lie: this book’s pace is slower, at the beginning. But it’s a justified slowness. There is so much to set up, so much to build upon, so we can fully feel the affects later in the story. But, once you hit page 299 (or the end of Chapter 33), you’d be have plenty of time on your hands. Let me tell you, the way my heart dropped reading the end of that chapter? You can’t stop reading after that, friends. It’s like the pace went from 0-1,000 in mere moments and you’d better buckle up. Because it doesn’t stop from here, not even in the ending.
- It ended and now I must wait for book two. 😔
Reading the second book in this year’s sapphic trifecta lived up to all of the hype. Tasha Suri is one of my favorite authors, hands down, period. Her writing is gorgeous, her characters are so fleshed out and real. I was so, so not disappointed by The Jasmine Throne and I cannot wait to read The Oleander Sword when it comes out (not to mentioning Suri’s Wuthering Heights retelling…).
Also, if anyone has fanart of THAT waterfall scene, I would be indebted…