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287 pages, Paperback
First published June 1, 2017
The lead soldier is the clearest to make out; his long legs taper from narrow hips and a boxy, solid chest. He is the first man I have seen in person. My eyes widen to take him in. He is more fascinating than the chapel murals of the sky-god, Anu, and his son, Enlil, the fire-god.
“Natesa and Sarita flaunt their bodies, unrushed to get dressed. They are replicas of the goddess Ki, petite and round, soft yet firm, fit yet feminine. So unlike my gangly, angled shape.”
Jaya frowns so hard that a crane could roost on her lower lip.
“Let the sky lead me, the land ground me, the fire cleanse me, and the water feed me.”
"We can go back up the Alpanas and hide. We can make our own fates.”
“What about your mother and the rest of the courtesans?”
Deven kisses my fingertips, and my heartbeat quickens. “The bhutas will free them once we find the book. By then, we will be on our way.” He presses his lips to a tender spot on my palm, and my mind turns fuzzy. “I will build us a modest cottage with a prayer alcove. Outside, we will have a meditation pond—”
“And a garden for Jaya to grow flowers.”
Deven smiles and kisses my pulse hammering at my wrist. “We will have fields and fields of greenery for our sheep, and a watering hole to swim in. I will build a fire every night for you to sketch by, and we will decorate the walls with your art. When we go out at night, we will look for the Samiya beacon in the distance.”
I really enjoyed this book. This is the story of Kali who without meaning too catches the attention of the king and becomes the hundredth Rani. Because she is the hundredth Rani any of the other wives and courtesans can challenge her to a duel. The bad part is that Kali sucks at fighting. She is of a sickly complex and suffers constant fevers. But she discovers a lot of things about her self in the palace and even finds love even if it is forbidden. She has a plan and that is to not lose because that would mean her death and she made a promise to her best friend that she would win.
I am a lover of cool settings and incredible characters that take you on self-discovery journeys. This book takes inspiration from India and ancient Persia to create a world that is rich while also being quite unique. I loved the displays of magic in this book I just wish I understood the magic system better and I hope the next book will help with that.
The romance was very insta-lovevy. I am not 100% sold on it but I am exited to see where it goes. This book was a wild ride and I cannot wait to read the sequel. I highly recommend this book!