The Tiger at Midnight
The first book in an epic heart-pounding fantasy trilogy inspired by ancient Indian history and Hindu mythology, perfect for fans of Sabaa Tahir and Renée Ahdieh.
* A Book Riot Most Anticipated Novel of 2019 * B&N Top 50 Most Anticipated Novels *
A broken bond. A dying land. A cat-and-mouse game that can only end in bloodshed.
Esha lost everything i...more
I actually had th…moreTHE 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)
I spent the entire time reading just wishing to fully dive into the story and not being able to. This isn't a bad book. There is nothing blatantly wrong with the novel. My issue isn't even a specific issue, but rather a collection of small things that kept accumulating and rubbing me the wrong way.
Something that didn't allow me to fully dive into the story was that the book lacked atmosphere. It wasn't for lack ...more
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. ...more
The writing is in that weird territory between good and… hmmm. Some admittedly beautiful descriptions, but there are a few nonsensically bewildering and off-putting turns of phrase too (like, what is "bitten by berry kisses" meant to mean?).
But those are small things, right?
While the writing isn't bad altogether, a couple of aspects could, should, have been better. It's the small things all throughout—the uninspired, pedestrian phrasing, and there being not en ...more
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 ...more
This followed every stereotypical plot line nuance and fulfilled every trope to perfection.
Nothing excited me, interested me or surprised me in this book.
Some of the writing regarding the world building was enjoyable - but the characters were mostly insufferable due to their cookie cutter personas.
I’ve read the same book in a different setting repeatedly in the last few years. Now I’m bored of it.
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 ...more
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*
Anyway, I was drawn to this story because of the diversity and wanting more lush, ma ...more
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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-i ...more
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.
I really liked Kunal and Esha as characters. Their cat and mouse chase, banter, a bit of a slow burn relationship development was all a lot of fun to read. I also thought they both were great individually, with their own values and convictions, and how und ...more
I really enjoyed this. Inspired by the culture of ancient India and Hindu mythology, The Tiger at Midnight by Swati Teerdhala features a cat-and-mouse game of deception and thrills between a rebel assassin and the reluctant young soldier tasked to bring her to justice.
Years ago, when Esha was a child, she and her family lived a happy existence at the palace where they were close companions to the royal family. But that was ...more
The book was Ok.
The disappointment was that I felt nothing new in the story; that i have read a similar kind of a story before. It seemed to be that the story line was not original.
The positive point is that the story was an easy read.
Since this book is the start of a trilogy, I hope the other remaining books will be much more productive with the story line.
December 10, 2018: Indian MC – Assassin female + Soldier male | Hindu Mythology | Ancient Indian history | PERFECT | ...more
Although The Tiger at Midnight greatly deviated from my expectations, I found myself thoroughly enjoying the almost literal cat-and-mouse chase across a brutally damaged fantasy land. I liked the elements of Indian mythology integrated into the world-building, as w ...more
I picked up this book because of the Indian mythology supponding the plot. The book created a beauty yet terribly world for the characters. We follow Esha who is the deadly assassin planning to kill the general to defeat the ruthless tyrant regime. During her journey she meets Kunal, an emperor’s soldier tasked to find the viper. Sparks fly but can they trust one another when they are on different sides of the war?
I think this book had great potential but it did fall short. I still enjoyed re ...more
“Never greet a tiger at midnight, for they are the manifestations of your past misdeeds.”
♡ No one is more disappointed than I, that I didn’t love this one. The Tiger at Midnight was my most anticipated debut of the year, so my expectations for it were wildly out of proportion. It has many elements that are wonderful on their own, but fail to work in harmony with each other. The romance, pacing, and plot are pieces from differing puzzles that don’t quite match up. At the start of this story, ...more
The randomness of fate once again struck her as being the ultimate cruelty and blessing of the gods. It seemed Kunal truly was her tiger at midnight, there to collect on her missteps.
The old folktales never lied.
Y'all, apparently this is a whopping 487 pages??? But it truly, seriously only felt like about 300 pages to me?? And I sped through this so quickly??
Life's wild when you're having th ...more
- it wasn’t until after I finished it that I read in one of the reviews that it’s a story perfect for the fans of “Zutara” :) *coughs* Avatar the last airbender *coug ...more
I think a major factor of my enjoyment is that this felt like a very classic YA fantasy with all the typical tropes but with all the diversity I love and infused with Indian mythology. I know that there has been a lot of talk lately about fantasy not doing anything original tropes wise (are any tropes re ...more
The political, cultural and mythological backgrounds of this story are well defined, and it was so great to see a non-Western basis for a fantasy. (I wish I knew what political period in India's history Swati Teerdhala was using as her inspir ...more
"A truce. No killing you in your sleep, soldier. You let me live and I did the same. Now catch me if you can."
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 ...more
"Never greet a tiger at midnight,
for they are the manifestations of your past misdeeds."
The Tiger at Midnight is yet another highly anticipated 2019 favorite of mine, which is why, as soon as I received my copy I started reading. I highly enjoyed the atmosphere, the characters and most of the plot, so let's dig into this review!
What is this book about?
Esha, the legendary assassin by the name of the Viper is out for revenge. Her mission: to kill the mili ...more
Inspired by Indian history and Hindu mythology, The Tiger at Midnight is a gripping adventure about two people who defy their destiny.
Esha is a legendary assassin of Dharka and the renowned Viper that nobody knows is a woman, and Kunal is a Fort soldier of Jansa. Years ago, the two kingdoms were united in peace, but the royal coup orchestrated by General Hotha and King Vaardan changed everything and plunged the land in drought and fear. T ...more
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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 ...more