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The Archer's Heart, Book One (The Archer's Heart #1)

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  392 Ratings  ·  29 Reviews
In the ancient kingdom of Marhavad, noblemen dominate the lower castes, wielding mystic weapons, known as shartas, against any who oppose them. For generations the rule of Marhavad’s kings has been absolute. But now the line of succession is divided, and whispers of revolution are heard in even the royal palace.

Keshan Adaru, an outspoken man of unearthly charms, welcomes t
Kindle Edition, 1st Edition, 263 pages
Published September 1st 2008 by Blind Eye Books
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Alex Akira
Dec 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I truly enjoyed this book, and it will always hold a spot in my heart , as it was among the first non-yaoi, m/m novels that I found when I first learned of the genre.

After coming from reading long complex sagas like A song of Fire and Ice, now known by most as Game of Thrones, I found (then not now) that a lot of the m/m books were rather short. Of course about a year later when I got my first Kindle and began to understand how e-readers were not only changing the reading world , but the way pe
Lilia Ford
Jan 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
It's risky to rate the first book of a trilogy without reading the subsequent two volumes--which I will embark on as soon as I finish this little review--but I reacted strongly enough to this to take the risk. So for what it's worth, as fantasy set-ups go, I am happy to give this five stars. It's gorgeously written, with intriguing magic, rich allegorical layers--most obviously of Indian mythology--and compelling moral stakes. Of the three narrative centers, Jandu and Keshan receive the most att ...more
I'm not sure how to rate this hmmmm, it got really good at the end, like last 2 chapters but overall it was pretty mediocre. The writing style and language was kinda weird too, it felt like the author tried to make it seem historicaley and also modern. It didn't work at times whatsoever.
.... but that ending tho, idk if to continue or not, I'll figure it out.
For now I'll rate it 2 stars.
Aug 12, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed
The story itself is okay. I just don't think I really like any of the characters, which makes enjoying this very difficult. I mean, the circumstances ARE interesting, ish, but then I don't particularly care for/about the characters, and therefore what happens to them.

Still, I think the story itself & the circumstances are enough to keep me intrigued into the next one.
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
Thanks for the gift, Helle!! <3
Anne Freya
May 29, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novel, lgbtqqiaap
3.5 stars

This is a M/M version of Mahabharata, that's what my friend told me. I don't know what to say about the plot similarity as I've never read Mahabharata before, so I couldn't and won't compare them. I'll just tell you how I felt about this first book.

Honestly, I have a mixed feeling about this one. I had a big and different expectation from this series. I really liked the premise of this book and was looking forward to reading it but was somewhat disappointed.

It started good and interest
Feb 03, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's hard for me to decide what to rate this one. The world building in it is probably worth 5 stars; wonderfully rich descriptions of an India-like setting help to fully immerse you into this world with its lush jungle environment and caste system. The luxurious and extravagant lifestyle of the highest caste, the Triya is shown in great detail, and we are also exposed to the much meaner existences of the lower castes, down to the wretched Jegora. It's refreshing to read about this type of world ...more
Brenda (b)
On my, I honestly thought I'd like this better than I did. It was an involved plot, but sadly I just didn't develop a connection to the characters. At about halfway through the story, I made a notation to myself that the story felt more politically oriented than I prefer. I do realize that there are two more parts that complete the entire epic, but I'm afraid I don't feel a desire to read them. This was based solely on my personal preferences.
I was never able to get even remotely interested in these characters, and when I still didn't care at 65% and the plot took a turn into horrible-writing-land and just made me roll my eyes, I decided enough was enough.
May 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Pros: brown people in a non-western based culture, decent writing

Cons: Jandu tbh (but he's a HUGE one), sex scenes I wanted to skip over

I wanted to give this book a two because it upset me, but the writing and storytelling were pretty good for the most part so it goes one star up.

Why did this book upset me. Well, I have a chronic issue with the main couples of books and this is kind of at the top of my list right now. I literally hated Jandu and I hated his romance with Keshan. Like, I loved Kes
Apr 11, 2012 rated it liked it
I liked this book--didn't love it. The story was adequate, and I thought the insights into addiction were great. I found the world interesting, and I loved that it was Indian in flavor instead of always being Celtic or Scandinavian or some other Euro flavor. The food sounded great and the people were so beautiful. So that was cool.

I was a little disappointed by the prose. It was a little awkward--not very awkward, but just a little awkward nearly all the time. Some turns of phrase just shot me o
Aug 05, 2014 marked it as did-not-finish
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Jan 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
Astrid Amara was one of the first non-yaoi books I started to read. Now days I keep away from Japanese gay comics as I find them too fictional and stupid. I prefer novels on them.

This book will spoil you. I find myself comparing many gay novels to how Astrid Amara writes. There has to be good plot. There has to be a moment of the romance to proceed and the characters to get to know each other.

I would have given five stars if not for the wife. One of the characters was married, which was suddenly
Nov 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: slash-fantasy
Plunged in a society based on castes we are presented with a special moment in its history, when the Regent must chose which one of two half-brother Princes must rule. In the middle of the political schemes there are some very interesting characters that promise to have more of an impact than they appear to in the beginning: the youngest Prince (brother of the ones battling for power and also "the archer"), a powerful lord that is only half human and has the gift of seeing the future and my thir ...more
Miche D
Feb 06, 2017 rated it it was ok
I wanted to like this but I just couldn't get into it. While the world building was great, I felt the characters were not as deep as they could have been, and the writing felt simplistic.

At times I felt like I was reading a fable, and if you like fables you will probably like this.
Aug 06, 2013 rated it it was ok
To be honest, I was disappointed. I really liked the setting, and the characters. Keshan became my hero from the very start, and Jandu for all that he is stubborn was actually pretty endearing. I really liked Tarek too, if circumstances were different, he could have been a truly great man. Were he not in the influence of Darvad that is.
For the first few pages of the book, I was swept away. Enchanted. But it went downhill from there. It got a little dry, more descriptive than anything else. I hop
Oct 27, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: mm
This is interesting in that it is heavily based in Indian Hindu culture and religion. Unfortunately, it is also meandering, seemingly arbitrary at times, and not very gripping. This is just the first quarter of the overall novel (and, for once, the author at least had the honesty to label it as such, rather than giving each fragment a separate title and pretending each was a complete novel), and as such one might expect that there will be more action and plot movement in the following installmen ...more
Nov 12, 2016 added it
Fun story

I just reread this story after a long break

It's a fun story, and the world is very well developed. However, it struck me on the second reading that a lot of the romance is about falling in love with people you don't like very much. That's sort of a bummer.

I think her newer books have developed more human insight. This one is a bit more shallow in comparison, but still shows her talent.
Tina Koran
Mar 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
1 word to describe this book if I only had 1 word: Intense! Especially the ending. The world of this novel was molded splendidly and crafted in such a way that made the characters whom inhabit this world so believable. The story had me constantly on edge and the suspense at certain parts kept me craving for more. I couldn't put this book down although I had to once in order to sleep. I look forward to reading the next installment!
May 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
I liked the story and the unique setting a lot. The story had sort of a dreamy Indian fairytale feeling, which I thought was very refreshing. Unlike other reviewers, I didn't like the characters, especially Jandu. He seems terribly shallow and arrogant. I didn't understand what Keshan liked about him, except his looks. They have completely different opinions about everything Keshan cared about. Maybe he changes for the better in the next volumes.
Apr 05, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: m-m
I'm not sure. I rather liked the setting, it's refreshing, but... I was bored, and I didn't really like the main characters. In fact, I disliked MOST characters. And the shifts between terrible tragedies and cartoon sitcom jokes didn't work for me either, but I still welcomed them as relief from the boredom.
Will give the next one a try and hope it develops some.
Aug 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m, romance, fantasy, action
The second time around reading these books did NOT disappoint. Ugh, Astrid Amara, can you stop writing such fantastic books? It makes me have high expectations for my next read, and nine times out of ten I'm let down!
Kristy Maitz
Feb 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
First book of "The Archer's Heart" is looking on a main character Jandu who finds out he loves a guy in a kingdom where that is forbidden and also where his family which was reach all the time has to learn to to live pure.

Its a start and its not happy ending.
LD  Durham
Engrossing and beautifully written with amazing emotions and realistic characters. The setting is perfectly rendered, and the politics are intricately woven so that no one is really the bad guy.

Can't talk more. Must go start part two!
Jul 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m-fantasy
3.75 stars.
May 04, 2014 rated it liked it
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