I saw this during my research in December for upcoming releases in 2021 and got very interested straight away. Luckily I managed to get an ARC.
This ARC was provided to me by NetGalley in return for an honest review. Thank you!
The Jasmine Throne
by Tasha Suri
One is a vengeful princess seeking to depose her brother from his throne.
The other is a priestess searching for her family.
Together, they will change the fate of an empire.
Imprisoned by her dictator brother, Malini spends her days in isolation in the Hirana: an ancient temple that was once the source of powerful magic – but is now little more than a decaying ruin.
Priya is a maidservant, one of several who make the treacherous journey to the top of the Hirana every night to attend Malini’s chambers. She is happy to be an anonymous drudge, as 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 . . .
- Strong female characters
Not sure what I was getting myself into. I’ve never read by the author before but I was hoping for a diverse cast and an interesting plotline with some magic. And that is exactly what I got.
The story follows several people and now and then I felt it was a bit too many narrators, but when it comes to the story all these narrators gave you points of view that were needed to tell the story.
The story itself is an intricate web neatly spun by the author. The many narrators gave interesting points of view that expanded the story-verse. The story never went on a tangent that was unexpected or questionable. There were always leads leading towards the end and it all made sense even though I had healthy questions making me intrigued about the sequel in the end.
I liked how the worldbuilding was done. I mean I hardly noticed.
The magic is fascinating. It’s all surrounding nature and growing things but the most interesting thing is the way you have it. Not everyone has the ability, it’s given to you through a form of sacrifice/baptism event. If you survive that your fine and have powers to control growing mediums. It’s really cool!
There are a lot of POVs in this book. Priya was my favourite and Roa the second. However, I will only include Priya here.
Priya is the main character who we meet in the beginning. She is strong (physically and mentally), determined and does things her own way. Still, she is a maidservant but clever enough to work thing out. I really liked Priya. She is described as plain and almost ugly which annoyed me, but also didn’t cause I hate it more when they are mysteriously beautiful. lol.
Yes! F/F relationship 🙂
I have never read anything by the author before but I know they have other works out so I expected some sort of quality and that is what I got. I had no issues with the writing nor the structure.
I lost count of how many POVs there were but at the same time, I can see that story wouldn’t have been the same if we didn’t have them all.
I enjoyed it but didn’t love it. I will read the sequel whenever it comes out.
Have you read this? What did you think?