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The Tiger at Midnight

(The Tiger at Midnight Trilogy #1)

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  160 ratings  ·  90 reviews
Esha is a legend, but no one knows. It’s only in the shadows that she moonlights as the Viper, the rebels’ highly skilled assassin. She’s devoted her life to avenging what she lost in the royal coup, and now she’s been tasked with her most important mission to date: taking down the ruthless General Hotha.

Kunal has been a soldier since childhood, training morning and night
Hardcover, 496 pages
Expected publication: April 23rd 2019 by Katherine Tegen Books
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Swati THE TIGER AR MIDNIGHT is definitely an exploration of the moral greys of war, duty, and honor--which I've always been interested in!

I actually had…more
THE TIGER AR MIDNIGHT is definitely an exploration of the moral greys of war, duty, and honor--which I've always been interested in!

I actually had the idea for The Tiger at Midnight while visiting a fort on vacation. I was looking out one of the windows of the fort, wondering what image would stop a dutiful soldier in his tracks and why. In this case, it happened to be a girl who's in the wrong place at the wrong time. But why?

It was the start of Kunal and Esha and inspired the opening scene of the book! (less)
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Brittney ~ Reverie and Ink
Sooo I'm a little biased here, because Swati is actually my writing mentor and a lovely person - but I REALLY loved this book (and I would have loved it just as much even if I didn't know her personally)!

If you know anything about me, you know I'm a huge fan of the cat and mouse trope - and heated banter. Like please give me all the heated banter forever and ever amen. So with that said, my heart was so giddy over Kunal and Esha! They are my children now and I love them and ship them endlessly.
Vibur [hiatus]
Mar 17, 2019 rated it liked it
The Tiger At Midnight was…alright.
Just. Alright.

The writing was in this strange area between good and hmmm. The author did string together some admittedly beautiful descriptions, but there were a few bewildering turns of phrase. I suppose the author was attempting to spin a poetic metaphor of sorts here and there, except what we got was moreso…a haphazard bunch of words slapped together. On top of that, there was the occasional modern term slipped in, which, hmmm, did not match the ancient-Ind
Umairah | Sereadipity
Plot: 3/5 Characters: 3/5 Writing: 4/5

The Tiger at Midnight was one of my most anticipated debuts of 2019, however, it sadly fell a bit flat for me. It was just so... average. I felt like I had read it all before.

Let's start with the positives. The world building was excellently done and I loved finding out more about the different places. The imagery of sprawling rainforests contrasted with bustling cities was a delight to the senses.

The book was about two warring countries called Jansa and Dha
To put into perspective:

I started this book around 1 am. I finished at 6 am and am up writing this review (full one to come closer to publication) because I just cannot stop gushing about it. Definitely add this one to your TBR's, fantasy lovers!

The Tiger at Midnight immediately caught my attention with its gorgeous cover. Before I knew it, the writing sucked me in, and after I got to meet the characters, I was thoroughly ensnared in its pages. This Indian-inspired fantasy is full of deceit, sec
Feb 20, 2019 is currently reading it
I reviewed an ARC of this book in July of 2018. I started reading this book on April 16, 2019, a week before it was released. Talk about procrastination.

ARC provided by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. all opinions are my own.

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Vicky Who Reads
Apr 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: drcs
weeeeOOOWWWW i'm so glad I have this on preorder (and it's coming on Tuesday!!!) because that was amazing???

1) actually good romantic tension gimme gimme
2) lush worlds!!! so much!!!
3) if you've seen pictures of the hardcover, it's got this GORGEOUS super shiny gold spine that makes me swoooooon. *grabby hands*
Coming in at almost five hundred pages in my physical ARC, I thought this would be a book I'd have to chip away at for a day or two. But THE TIGER AT MIDNIGHT was such an easy read and I devoured it in only a few hours. That said, I'm not entirely sure this is a fantasy that's going to stick with me. Also arg another trilogy I'm going to have to keep track of amongst all the other things I read.. #bookishproblems

Anyway, I was drawn to this story because of the diversity and wanting more lush, ma
Jul 09, 2018 marked it as to-read
ARC provided by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

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Emily May
Dec 29, 2018 marked it as lost-interest
Shelves: arc, fantasy, young-adult

ARC provided in exchange for honest review 🐅
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I heard nothing about The Tiger at Midnight! I've not even seen reviews of it... I hope my review can spur on some buzz... because it totally deserves the attention!!

My Experience

It was quite easy to be pulled into the war torn world of The Tiger at Midnight. The opening scene is delightful and gives you a real taste of what is to come... because its flirting, sparring, one upping and even more bantering! This eases us into the Indian-in
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Jan 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of A Crown of Wishes
Shelves: arc
The Tiger at the Midnight (title which you'll only understand its meaning at the very end of the book) is an Indian Mythology inspired story about two enemy kingdoms but is a character-driven plot. Meet Esha, a girl which happens to be also the Viper: a lethal, legendary assassin. Esha is a morally grey character that works for a greater purpose. Then, meet our hero, Kunal, a soldier which happens to be the nephew of Esha's new target. Kunal and Esha cross paths and while there's no insta-love, ...more
Natasha Ngan
Apr 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A deliciously twisty cat-and-mouse story that had me racing through the pages. I love stories that challenge their protagonists' beliefs, and both Esha and Kunal face complex, heart-breaking decisions in their journey to discover both themselves and each other.
Feb 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
I am SO excited to share THE TIGER AT MIDNIGHT with you all in just a few months! Keep an eye out here for more regular updates. ;)

A little Author's Note:

Whenever I'd go to India to visit my grandparents as a child, they'd tell me tales from our Hindu mythology – of honorable warriors and strong queens, star-crossed romances and epic battles. These stories fueled my imagination and showed me that there was rarely pure good or evil in the world, that our lives are a series of choices we make.

Sabrina The Trash Queen
Jul 09, 2018 marked it as to-read
This seems awesome.
Can’t wait to read it.

"A truce. No killing you in your sleep, soldier. You let me live and I did the same. Now catch me if you can."

PLOT - 5
ROMANCE - 5 (I would have swooned more if the male protagonist had been more... alpha. But I still think it's a great romance so I'm giving it a 5.)

This is one of those books I’m sure majority of my YA-fantasy-lover friends will love! I have a feeling this is going to be huge.

Watch out for this book!!!
Beatrice in Bookland
Jul 06, 2018 marked it as did-not-finish
Shelves: arcs
*I received a copy from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review*

"A truce. No killing you in your sleep, soldier. You let me live and I did the same. Now catch me if you can."

DNF @13%

I'm sorry but I'm not clicking with this book and I'm not in the mood to force myself to keep reading. I decided to stop reading The tiger at midnight because every single chapter I've read was so full of info-dumping that it felt like I was studying instead of reading. No thanks. But I have read just a few chapte
Jul 27, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: alternating-pov
2.5 stars
Have no idea what’s happening to me, I don’t seem to get lost in any story these days.

This one started so well - like a mix between Legend and An Ember in the Ashes. But my enthusiasm did not last long. Silly mistakes, convenient coincidences, strange decisions, characters switching sides just because they fall for each other.. I did like the overal story, the idea behind it, but not the actual execution. It could have been polished (quite a bit), but maybe someone who’s new to the gen
Kelly Brigid
Oct 03, 2018 marked it as to-read
How the synopsis alone is making me gush with excitement is beyond me. May I please have this book immediately please? I might die otherwise.

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Roseanne Brown
Jan 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
THE TIGER AT MIDNIGHT is without a doubt one of the best fantasy books I have ever read. Get ready to fall in love with Kunal, Esha, and a lush world as beautiful as it is dangerous. Swati's prose will have you laughing and crying and swooning, often in the same scene, and these characters stay wih long after you turn the page. 2019 can't come soon enough!
Jackie ϟ Bookseller
Jan 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

3.5/5 stars

"Never greet a tiger at midnight, for they are the manifestations of your past misdeeds."

Esha is an assassin from Dharka. Kunal is a soldier from Jansa. Dharka and Jansa have been at war for decades after Jansa's murder of its leaders. The absense of those leaders and their magic has caused an imbalance between the two countries. When Esha is tasked with assassinating the general of the Dharkan forces to bring Jansa clos
Jan 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
THIS BOOK. Morally gray YA fantasy with a cat-and-mouse game, steamy romance, and political intrigue. I neeeed this. 2019 can't come soon enough!

Kal ★ Reader Voracious
Read an excerpt of this highly anticipated 2019 debut here so you can swoon in excitement with me!
Jan 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
If you love action, epic world building, high tension hate-to-love (I'm dead, this is my ghost), and magic... I'm pretty sure you're going to need this book. Swati's writing is incredible and this debut is one you won't be able to put down. I couldn't!!!
Elise (TheBookishActress)
Jun 03, 2018 marked it as releases-2019
I really don't know what's happening in this blurb but it sounds cool
Carina Olsen
Mar 12, 2019 rated it it was ok
I had hoped that I would end up loving this book the most. That was not the case. At all. Oh. I was expecting so much from this story. I wanted danger and action and epic romance. I got none of those things. This whole book was such a disappointment to me, and that just breaks my heart. I wanted it to be much more.

But it was not. At least, not for me. I'm sure others will love this book. But I did not. And I will be sharing all my reasons for not loving this book, and those reasons might end up
Apr 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
I received an e-ARC from the Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. Review can be found on *Milky Way of Books*

The Tiger at Midnight is a story of divided kingdoms, conspiracies and a tiny bit of magic. Esha is the Viper, a vigilante of epic proportions who finds herself framed and then hunted by the best of the best soldiers. Kunal is a soldier who after meeting Esha begins questioning his own upbringing, not realizing that both he and Esha will have bigger roles to play.

The world-building
Apr 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
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*Genre* Young Adult, Fantasy
*Rating* 3.5


“Never greet a tiger at midnight, for they are the manifestations of your past misdeeds”

The Tiger at Midnight, by author Swati Teerdhala, is the first installment in the author's Tiger at Midnight trilogy. Drawing inspiration from ancient Indian history and Hindu mythology, Teerdhala creates a fresh, layered world that is vivid and compelling. We see this sitting alongside other lush, diverse fantasies like Children of Blood an
Mar 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
(Disclaimer: I received this book from Edelweiss. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)

The Tiger at Midnight is a stunning debut fantasy book that will thrill you, make you scream, and wrench your heart. This dual point of view story takes you into Esha and Kunal's heads as they dream of revenge, righting wrongs, and filling holes in their hearts with grief and retribution. Both Esha and Kunal come to question their roles in their revolutions, their duty, and exactly how
Kristi Housman Confessions of a YA Reader
I'm not sure how much I can type out without ruining anything from this book, but I'll do my best.  The beginning was a bit slow for me.  I struggled to remember names and places, but it got much better as I got further into the book.  The last 60% was so good!

Ten years ago, the Jansa's queen and royal family were murdered.  This started a war between countries that got along before then.  

Kunal spent that time in The Fort.  He was a soldier, his uncle, the general.  Kunal wants more than this l
Rep: Fantasy Indian setting filled with POC characters; has a minor queer character

The Tiger at Midnight beautifully plays off two sides of duty against each other, in a setting involving magical bonds to the land, a lost royal and a fragile truce. In the kingdoms of Jansa and Dharka, the royals are links to the earth itself, which depends on an annual sacrifice to keep it bountiful. Since the coup of Jansa by a Dharkan prince and the resulting war, the Jansan side of the sacrifice has been lack
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Swati Teerdhala is a storyteller and writer.

After graduating from the University of Virginia with a B.S. in Finance and History, she tumbled into the marketing side of the technology industry. She’s passionate about many things, including how to make a proper cup of chai, the right ratio of curd-to-crust in a lemon tart, and diverse representation in the stories we tell.

She currently lives in New

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