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The Archer at Dawn

(The Tiger at Midnight Trilogy #2)

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  407 ratings  ·  107 reviews
The Sun Mela is many things: a call for peace, a cause for celebration, and, above all, a deadly competition. For Kunal and Esha, finally working together as rebel spies, it provides the perfect guise to infiltrate King Vardaans vicious court.

Kunal will return to his role as dedicated Senap soldier, at the Sun Mela to provide extra security for the palace during the peace
Hardcover, 449 pages
Published May 26th 2020 by Katherine Tegen Books
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Jananie (thisstoryaintover)
THAT ENDING ! oh ! my ! god !
didn't love this as much as the first book but still loved all the twists and turns and sneaking and lies. excited to see how it's all going to end in the last one!
I was pretty sure it was gonna be a 3.5 but I cant deny that the ending deserves its own rating, so Im rounding up.

Just like The Tiger at Midnight, I had a lot of fun reading this sequel but I also cant deny that I saw stuff coming a mile away - if not the exact events, atleast the possible twists and who would be involved. For someone like me who never guesses anything and is totally ignorant of how to analyze any foreshadowing, I would have been happy about this except it was all a bit too
julia ♥
Apr 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
✧゚: *✧゚:*   Read the full REVIEW on my BLOG! ✧゚: *✧゚:*  

Based on ancient hindu mythology and Indian history comes the second instalment in the Tiger at Midnight series by Swati Teerdhala. The series follows assassin Esha, nickname 'The Viper' who sets out to kill the general. Insert Kunal, the general's nephew, and a devoted soldier to the kingdom. When the two of them meet, they fall into an interesting cat-and-mouse game that will have unforeseen consequences.

The Archer at Dawn continues
May 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
I just think that this sequel tried to be so many things and do so many things that, ultimately and unfortunately, it delivered things in half-measures.

Full review to follow.
Mogsy (MMOGC)
4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

I adored the first book, The Tiger at Midnight, and thought it was an incredible intro to the gorgeous, resplendent world created by Swati Teerdhala. Inspired by the culture of ancient India and Hindu mythology, this story takes readers to a kingdom in rebellion, and at the heart of the conflict are two charactersonce at oddswho are now slowly becoming friends and perhaps something more.

Esha, known as The Viper, is an
Cait (Caitsbooks)
May 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
*Thank you to the publisher for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review! All quotes are taken from the ARC and are subject to change. All opinions are my own.*
Check out this review (and more) over on my blog!

Quick Stats:
4/5 Stars
Characters: 4/5
Setting: 5/5
Writing: 4/5
Plot and Themes: 3/5
Awesomeness Factor: 3.5/5
Review in a Nutshell: The Archer at Dawn wasnt quite as amazing as The Tiger at Midnight, but it was still a solid sequel, and Im very excited to see where this
*Source* Publisher
*Genre* Young Adult / Fantasy
*Rating* 3.5-4


The Archer at Dawn is the second installment in author Swati Teerdhala's The Tiger at Midnight trilogy drawing inspiration from ancient Indian history and Hindu mythology. The story takes place in the lands of Jansa and Dharka, two lands bound together by magic that descended from twins Naria and Narian. The land requires a blood ritual from their bloodline, but thanks to a coup by the pretender King, Dharka is suffering. A
Nandini | Novels and Nebulas
I'm so thankful for the opportunity to read this early! I received an e-ARC from the author and Harper Collins.

Reasons to Love
✔ A+ romance
✔ Ancient Indian-inspired world
✔ Political intrigue
✔ Rebels, spies and secrets
✔ Explosive plot-twists

Since this is the sequel and I was already in love with the characters in The Tiger at Midnight, I was looking for more development and that's what I got. The romance goes down the love triangle route but I surprisingly was on-board with that.
Apr 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
(Disclaimer: I received this book from Edelweiss. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)

The Archer at Dawn gave the characters I loved space to grow. It asks us if we can ever truly change and how one tries to change. Can we go back to what we knew a completely different person? One moment can change our life and The Archer at Dawn is all about the moment after. Whether it be living with the consequences of our actions or using our past to make ourselves a new future,
Sarah M
Apr 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think I've gathered my thoughts enough to finally write a review for this AMAZING book. With this second installment, Swati Teerdhala has not only met my expectations for a great book- she has exceeded them! One of my favorite things about this book is the characters. Swati does such an excellent job of writing compelling characters that I can't help but to love all of them. Even the ones I hate, I still love. And some of the characters...*cough* Alok *cough* I would without a doubt DIE for. ...more
Ms. Woc Reader
Apr 29, 2020 rated it liked it
I was given this arc courtesy of Harpercollins and Swati Teerdhala in exchange for an honest review. I will preface this review by stating I have not The Tiger at Midnight. Despite not having read the first book in the series I found it pretty easy to follow this story line.

I thought it started out at a very good pace. Despite being thrown into the action it wasn't hard for me to figure out some of the back story from the first book I missed.

I enjoyed the vivid descriptions of everything from
May 23, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: edelweiss
The Archer at Dawn is the second book in The Tiger at Midnight trilogy by Swati Teerdhala. I enjoyed the first book and was looking forward to reading the sequel. I was a little worried that it wouldn't live up to the first book because I've been disappointed in many sequels, but The Archer at Dawn was just as good as The Tiger at Midnight.

We get a lot more political intrigue in this book, and we get to know Esha's rebel team better, which what I wanted since reading The Tiger at Midnight. I
Apr 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Well! Wasn't this just a spectacular follow up to what was already a highly entertaining series!

Full review at Write, Read, Repeat

This book kicks off pretty soon after the end of The Tiger at Midnight. Kunal has turned his back on his Jansa soldier roots and has joined Esha and the Dharkan rebels, the Crescent Blades. Tensions are still high between both nations, but a tenuous peace may be on the horizon. Time is running out before the dying bond created by the gods fails completely, and its
May 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, young-adult
The Archer at Dawn is the second book in the Tiger At Midnight trilogy. Its packed full of intrigue, planning, action and court politics. There are secret kisses, secret alliances and big secrets revealed. Its also slightly torturous as it seems the closer Esha, Kunal and the Blades move toward their goal the more obstacles there are in their paths and the further they are from achieving anything.

As I was drawing near the conclusion of the book I wasnt sure I was going to be up for reading the
Anandi Puritipati
May 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.25/4.5 ish?

5 star ending tho BHAI

Update (17/06/2020):

The Archer at Dawn is the sequel to The Tiger At Midnight, and its the second book in the trilogy. After the end of the first book, this one starts off on a high-action point with Kunal and Esha following the leads they obtained in the last book in search of the lost princess of Jansa, Reha. I cant really say much without spoiling the first book, but, essentially, Kunals secret is still a secret, the romance is still a will they, wont they,
The publisher kindly offered me an advanced reader copy via Edelweiss. Yet, this is an honest review of the book expressing my unbiased opinion.

The first book in the trilogy was great, and I loved it so much I couldn't wait for the sequel. But let me tell you that The Archer At Dawn is phenomenal. Along with Holly Black's The Wicked King, The Archer At Dawn is one of the best and most enthralling sequels I've ever read.

The book is told in Esha's and Kunal's points of view, and we have gay
Thank you Swati Teerdhala for providing this ARC as part of the TigerWraith Warriors Street Team! I really appreciate it.

This is an amazing sequel with a lot of twists and turns that I did not expect at all. While the first book was a chase, this is a maze. The political intrigue was very well done and it was interesting to see Esha and Kunal's motivations change over time.

Basically, Esha and Kunal are working to rescue the lost princess, but encounter a lot more than they were
Pragati Chaudhari
As seen on - The Archer At Dawn on The Inked In Book Blog

*ARC provided in exchange of an honest review. The thoughts are entirely my own and in no way biased.*

HOLY. FREAKING. SHIZ. I need a moment, or ten. Thats really all I can say. I did NOT see any of that coming. At all. None of it. Wow. Im gonna gather my thoughts for a second here because there is so much to say, but I dont even know how to say it.

So talking about the book. This picks up almost immediately after the end of TTAM and follows
May 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc-edelweiss
The second installment in the Tiger at Midnight trilogy, The Archer at Dawn deepens the complexity of the relationship between Esha, a rebel fighter also known as Viper, and Kunal, her childhood friend, raised to become a military man for Jansa and its ruler Verdaan. Esha and Kunal found each other, and in spite of their differing political positions, are quickly falling in love. But just because a person was been your friend long ago in childhood doesn't mean you know really still know them, ...more
Kali Cole
Jun 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
What an end! I am so excited to see if there will be another book because things are ramping up!
Minca Huiberts (My Winged Books)
Thanks to Edelweiss and Katherine Tegen Books for the e-arc in exchange for an honest review.

In the first few chapters it felt a little like I was reading A Tiger at Midnight again. But this is ofcourse is a new book, with a new storyline and after a few chapter it did took a different path. Eventhough I didnt want to lose the feeling of the first book, it happened. The story took a new turn, a different different path and I had to get used to it a little bit. The whole adventures cat and mouse
Aug 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: blog-tour-arc
You can read my full review on my blog, The Bookwyrm's Den, here.

Many thanks to JeanBookNerd and Katherine Tegen Books for an ARC in exchange for an honest, unbiased review and for inclusion on this blog tour.

Im always a little hesitant going into book two of a series, because the book two slump of a trilogy is real and sometimes frustrating, and that was my biggest concern when I picked up this book. Honestly, I enjoyed The Tiger at Midnight, but I LOVED The Archer at Dawn. Why was I even
Aug 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
very rude that book 3 isn't out yet☹
Jun 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is one of the most UNDER-RATED gems of the fantasy novel settings that Ive picked up. In the fantasy world which is traditionally Medieval European, we are increasignly seeing Chinese/Japanese fantasy is coming onto the forefront, along with African/Arabian inspired fantasy novels, this is another fantastic addition. This book is a combination of Avatar the Last Airbender and Game of Thrones mixed into one. It has the elements of YA tropes and it doesnt attempt to change it. Which I like. ...more
Kristi Housman Confessions of a YA Reader
This is a book two and there will be spoiler for book one (The Tiger At Midnight) in my review.

I was a bit nervous to start this 450 page sequel, but I flew through it.  The pacing is great from the start.

Kunal is working on his shifting and senses while he and Esha are hoping to stop the caravan they believe Reha to be in.  Things don't go as planned and Esha decides that they need to meet up with the team, Bahandu, Arpiya, Aahal, Frahan, and Harun.  They need to come up with a plan.  The
Rich in Color
Jun 10, 2020 added it
Shelves: fantasy
Review copy: ARC via publisher

I greatly enjoyed Swati Teerdhalas first novel The Tiger at Midnight and was bouncing on pins and needles waiting for the second installment to the series. I had high expectations for The Archer at Dawn and I can honestly say every single one of them were met.

The strength of both Tiger at Midnight and The Archer at Dawn are the main characters Esha and Kunal. Both have very strong voices and are characters that everyone can relate to. Both have their own agenda to
Jul 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
"Mangoes. I bet he has mangoes."

I'm calling 'The Chariot at Dusk' as the title of the third book. That phrase passed through this book and it's entirely fitting with the rest of the series.
The Archer at Dawn is one of those in-between books, although not entirely as you'd expect. It has its good and its bad sides.
Mainly, the setting and plot line differ enormously from Book 1. Instead of travelling all over the continent, seeing how two people keep meeting one another, this book is set in one
Madhumita Kumar
Oct 29, 2020 rated it liked it
Mixed feelings for this one; didn't enjoy it as much as Tiger at Midnight. A lot of the elements I liked in Tiger at Midnight weren't there in Archer at Dawn. Even though the book is more than 400 pages, I felt like not much really happened until the very end. I think I had about 50 pages left when all the real action started happening. Also, I felt that there was really little chemistry between Kunal and Esha in this one, especially since they had such few interactions, and I actually liked her ...more
Oct 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing

This was a good sequel to follow up the Tiger at Midnight. The character interactions and dialogue flows seamlessly and Teerdhala does an amazing job with setting up a scene with vibrant descriptions. We see more advancement in Esha and Kunal's relationship, and just how tangled it gets when they start keeping secrets from each other. Each think they're doing it for the other's good but folks, open communication in relationships is how you solve problems TOGETHER.

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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. Shes 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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