Book Review: The Library of Fates

Title: The Library of Fates

Author: Aditi Khorana

Genre: Young adult fantasy

Format: eBook

Published: By Razorbill on July 18th, 2017

ISBN13: 9781101999035

Grade: Acceptable

Library of Fates (Book Review)

Synopsis

No one is entirely certain what brings the Emperor Sikander to Shalingar. Until now, the idyllic kingdom has been immune to his many violent conquests. To keep the visit friendly, Princess Amrita has offered herself as his bride, sacrificing everything—family, her childhood love, and her freedom—to save her people. But her offer isn’t enough.
The palace is soon under siege, and Amrita finds herself a fugitive, utterly alone but for an oracle named Thala, who was kept by Sikander as a slave and managed to escape amid the chaos. With nothing and no one else to turn to, Amrita and Thala are forced to rely on one another. But while Amrita feels responsible for her kingdom and sets out to warn her people, the newly free Thala has no such ties. She encourages Amrita to go on a quest to find the fabled Library of All Things, where it is possible for each of them to reverse their fates.

Expectation

Continuing my trend of reading Asian-inspired fantasy, I stumbled upon this standalone through Book Twitter. I became all the more excited when I realised the setting was inspired by ancient India.

Reality

In this case however, my expectations were too high and the book did not deliver all I had hoped for. My main problem were the characters. I couldn’t connect much with the protagonist. The other characters also seemed one-dimensional, other than the lead’s best friend. Also, the love story didn’t work for me. Another little complained I had was with the plot. There was so much potential for it to be rich and complex, but since the entire story is packed into one book, I felt that it lacked depth. Many things happened conveniently and the conclusion was a little underwhelming. However, the setting is where this book excels. I’ve never read a book inspired by ancient Kashmir and I honestly couldn’t get enough. The mythology and lore in this world is very well developed. I could read a book of tales set in this world alone, akin to Bardugo’s Language of Thorns.

Recommendations

If you’re looking for a good entry-level Asian fantasy book, I’d highly recommend this. It is also for people who enjoy good prose and rich world-building in fantasy. Listen to the strains of the sitar or the santoor as you flip the pages of this book. It would be a crime if you don’t use this as an excuse to indulge in the rich and aromatic authentic Kashmiri cuisine

Links

Book: Publisher’s Website | Goodreads

Author: Website | Twitter | Instagram | Goodreads | Facebook


Have you read this book, and if yes, what did you think of it? Do you have more Indian-inspired fantasy recommendations for me? Or would you like me to do a recommendations post? Let me in know in the comments section below.

 

 

 

9 thoughts on “Book Review: The Library of Fates

    1. I wouldn’t suggest you put it at the top of your TBR, but if you find it at your library and most of the ones you need aren’t available, you could give this a try. I think this would be an average read for you but perhaps the world-building in this would teach you a little bit more about Indian mythology and history (it’s a mix of traditional mythology and the author’s imagination of course, but really well done).

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  1. I remember reading The Library Of Fates last year & really enjoying it!~ I definitely agree w/ what you mean about the characters. I remember when I read it, I had wanted a bit more development from the characters too! + Great review! 🙂

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  2. I *think* I’ve seen or heard about this book somewhere (Goodreads, most likely). I had no idea it was inspired by ancient India… but that might be because I haven’t paid a lot of attention to it. (I’m trying not to be more careful about buying books in general, especially books by debut authors.) So the fact that you were pleased with the setting and mythology but disappointed with the story… I think I might have to skip this one.

    Hope you’re doing well, Nandini. 🙂

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    1. Hey, Sara! Sorry it took me so long to get to your comment. 🙁 I went on an unplanned hiatus because of work pressure and I’m just now getting caught up with my notifications.
      Yeah, it’s not the first book I’d recommend if someone asks for Indian/Asian-inspired fantasy. But I did love Aditi’s writing, so I think I’ll give her other books a try when they come out. 🙂
      I took two days off from work and got a pretty long weekend, so I’m doing much better now. It’s our new year this Sunday, so I’m planning to start blogging again after that. It felt like a good time to begin anew. 🙂

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      1. No worries! I totally understand. Life has been bonkers for me lately, too. So I haven’t been on the blog as much and have had to be more strategic about the time I spend writing my blog posts (often on MS Word and not here on WP).

        Anyway, I’m glad to hear things are (hopefully) less busy for you. 🙂 Looking forward to reading your next reviews when they’re ready!

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      2. Ah, I get it! It was our new year on Sunday and I decided it was high time I came off my hiatus. I even planned posts ahead of time just in case I get stuck with work unexpectedly. I shall be back to commenting on blogs soon I hope! Yours is on top of my list. 🙂

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