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A House of Rage and Sorrow

(The Celestial Trilogy #2)

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One kingdom. One crown. One family.

“Maybe it’s time the great House of Rey came to an end. After all, what are we now? Just a house of rage and sorrow.”

Esmae once wanted nothing more than to help her golden brother win the crown of Kali but that dream died with her best friend. Alexi broke her heart, and she vowed to destroy him for it. And with her sentient warship Titan
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Hardcover, 336 pages
Published September 3rd 2019 by Sky Pony Press
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S.A. Chakraborty
May 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I adored the first book and raced through this one in less than two days. Highly, highly recommend! I love space opera and books that play with both sci-fi and fantasy, and Mandanna creates such a gorgeous world here. The family drama is top notch and Esmae a great protagonist (with some very justified rage!)
Sangu Mandanna
Mar 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
This was the hardest book I’ve ever written and I also think it may be the best. I’m so proud of what it’s become and I can’t wait for you all to continue Esmae’s story.
Sahitya
Wow wow wow...!!!! I mean I can just keep repeating this word over and over again and that’ll pretty much be my review, because I really don’t have enough words to talk about the masterpiece that this book is. But let me give it a try.

In A Spark of White Fire, the author gave us power struggles, complicated family dynamics and lots of breathtaking war sequences, cloaking them all in layers of mystery and deception. In this installment however, we get to see what happens when people are pushed t
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Fuzaila
What can I possibly say about this book without ending up screaming to space until Sangu Mandanna releases her sequel to end my anguish? Nevertheless, I'm going to try, because this book has taken a lot of me with it when it ended and I'll have to put the pieces back.

Esmae's openly declared war with Alexi for murdering her best friend. She has the indestructible warship Titania with her. But Alexi isn't sitting still either. Any moment, Amba the war of Goddess is away, he plans to unleash Sorsha
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Nandini | Novels and Nebulas
Aug 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Mahabharata retellings, sentient spaceships and diverse SFF
Shelves: 2019
Note: I received a free finished copy of the book via Caffeine Book Tours and Sky Pony Press in exchange for an honest review

A Spark of White Fire had set the bar really high and I fully expected this book to surpass it. This is one of my most anticipated books of the year and I was so glad I got the opportunity to read this ahead of publication date.

Titania was one of my favourite characters from the previous book and I was so glad we got her perspective in this one. Her narration balanced out
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aarya
Squee Review: https://smartbitchestrashybooks.com/r...

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First impressions:

It’s absolute perfection. I was so scared that the sequel wouldn’t live up to the brilliance of the first novel, but I need not have worried. I’m someone who grew up reading every single Mahabharata-related Amar Chitra Katha, memorized the fabulous 90s adaptation, and took a college Freshman Writing Seminar about the epic (we read the entire English translation! The entire thing!). The epic is very close to my heart and t
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Karen
Aug 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
An ARC was provided to me for free by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I want to start off by saying that this book was absolutely leagues above the first installment in the trilogy.

Like the first book, this one jumps very quickly into the stakes and action. Little time is spent on the world-building, but enough of it is developed through the story that it doesn't feel too flimsy. The gods remain a key part of the story and a new element of their meddling is introduc
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Rylee Richard
Apr 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-star
This book was so beautifully heartbreaking. I don’t think I’ve ever been so impressed with a sequel. I couldn’t sleep until it was done, and now I’m in a funky fuzzy haze trying to recover from an overload of feelings.

Esmae is becoming more of a tragic heroine as the story progresses. I’ve never felt that she’s gotten anything too easily. She’s paid the price for every one of her defiant choices. And yet her defiant, stubborn choices don’t make me frustrated with her because I can empathize wit
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Alexandra
Jul 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
I received an e-ARC from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. Review can be found on *Milky Way of Books*

The epic saga of Esmae's adventure continues in this thrilling sequel! Inspired by the Indian stories and mythology, Esmae has to face trickster gods, new danger and also her conflict between her true and adoptive family.

I enjoyed thoroughly this book! It felt small in length as I read it but the action was fast-paced and the secrets, betrayals, and revelations kept coming the one afte
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michelle (magical reads)
Dec 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
read on my blog and see some of my favorite quotes, hand-lettered

rep: ownvoices Indian-inspired world and characters; lesbian side characters, bisexual side character

**I received an ARC from the publisher (thank you, Sky Pony Press!). These are my honest opinions, and in no way was I compensated for this review.**

After all, I swore I’d destroy him. A god even told me I would. I don’t know what Kirrin meant when he said destroy, but one way or another, I will fulfill my vow and there will be j
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charlotte, (½ of readsrainbow)
On my blog.

Rep: South Asian inspired characters and setting, lesbian side characters, bi side character, nonbinary side character (very briefly)

Galley provided by publisher

After the end of A Spark of White Fire, I thought that I was prepared for whatever this book would throw at me. More fool me, because I could not have been less ready.

A House of Rage and Sorrow picks up a few months after A Spark of White Fire finished. And that’s about all I can say about the plot (or almost anything abou
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Kal ★ Reader Voracious
🏹 Check out my review for A Spark of White Fire!

Words cannot express how much I loved this sequel. Middle book syndrome who?!
* action-packed from the first page to the last
* we have a beautiful f/f romance developing and I am here for it
* more Sybilla and her tough-on-the-outside-but-I'm-a-softie interior
* so many threads come together, so many questions answered, so much excitement for the final book!

You can read my full review on Reader Voracious Blog!

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I honestly think about Esmae and T
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Fanna
A Spark of White Fire ★★★★★
A House of Rage and Sorrow ★★★★★


A House of Rage and Sorrow is a stunning sequel to a stunning YA Indian mythology inspired Sci-Fi Fantasy, A Spark of White Fire. It continues Esmae's story after the tragic and unexpected ending of the first installment. From family dynamics to individual power building, and from revenge to love, this sequel brings more emotions—and consequently, more tears—to the plate. It breaks any barrier, if one even existed, between g
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Shelley
*Source* Publisher
*Genre* Young Adult, Science Fiction
*Rating* 3.5-4

*Thoughts*

A House of Rage and Sorrow is the second installment in Sangu Mandanna's Celestial Trilogy. The story picks up immediately from where A Spark of White Fire left off. Drawing on the Mahabharata and Indian mythology, Mandanna's trilogy takes the tropes of fate, love, and bargaining with the gods and shoots them to the stars. Fans of mythology and retellings will eat this up. You can feel the intensity of what is happenin
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USOM
Jul 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
(Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)

The Celestial Trilogy is a series I've been a mega fan of since before I even read and loved A Spark of White Fire. And my love has only expanded thousand fold after reading A House of Rage and Sorrow. A House of Rage and Sorrow is a powerful and spectacular sequel. As you can tell from the title, it is a story full of powerful, all consuming rage, of betrayal that leaves us blind
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Shorouk Abd Elhamid
This book was provided as an e-arc by NetGalley.

First of all ,Could we appreciate the beauty of this cover?!. I just love it.

Now , I loved the first book of this series way more than I expected so I was really excited to read the second book early.

The book was so good and it deserved the four stars . The reason to why it isn't five stars for me will come later.

I appreciate how the author started the novel because it worked as the perfect summary for me plus what I already remembered .The book h
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Kay
Jun 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
So I just finished reading this book and I don’t really know what I’m supposed to do with myself right now. I think I’m still in shock, and also dying over the fact that I can’t read the next book yet because this book isn’t even out and I just… need to know what happens next… please… help

This book picks up about three months after the explosive and shocking end of the first book in the trilogy, A Spark of White Fire. It’s been a few months since I read that one, so at first I was a little confu
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Shealea
Second book syndrome? I don’t know her. I am giving this book all the stars because it broke me and the world is not ready.

Review to follow.

Pleased to say that with the author's blessing, I will be organizing a blog tour for A House of Rage and Sorrow, which you can sign up for!
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Lulai
Jun 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
I talk way too much about A Spark of White fire let me tell you I will talk way too much about the sequel

The political stakes increase in this sequel, indeed at the end of the first volume, the war was finally declared and our characters are from being in the clear. Indeed, now it's time to find allies, money, and even if an open war is not yet there, it is in preparation. I really liked this second volume for this mix between politics and development of the universe. The gods are present and in
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Jackie
Jan 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
THIS SERIES IS SOOO UNDERRATED it’s genuinely become one of my favourite book series EVER

i‘m obsessed with the characters and the originality of the story it always keeps me guessing and i never know what‘s gonna happen next! i always THINK i know but it’s always something else ohmfbdj it‘s so good

the books are also only just about 300 pages so it’s really easy and quick to read i literally read this one in (almost) one sitting IT‘S SO ENGAGING AND FAST-PACED I LOVE EVERYTHING ABOUT IT

i‘m sooOOO
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Charvi
Aug 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
FULL REVIEW ON THE BLOG

I JUST LOVED THIS BRILLIANT MASTERPIECE SO FREAKING MUCH!!!

Sangu Mandanna has a beautiful writing style that is very simple and elegant and pulls the reader into the story. I especially love how she ends each chapter and draws on various metaphors throughout the story.

This was definitely a blockbuster hit for me even though I’m numb and emotionally compromised right now. It’s okay, sacrifices were made and in the end, I regret nothing. This was a beautifully plotted book
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Leigh Kramer
I’ve been on pins and needles waiting for the second book of this Mahabharata-inspired space opera series to come out and practically screamed when I saw the ARC for this. I’ve been dying to know what would happen next and this more than lived up to my expectations. I could not have loved it more!

Sangu Mandanna is an incredible author and I’m so glad this series put her on my radar. Her plot is engaging, perfectly paced, and never lets up. There’s one twist and turn after another and I really do
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Bianca Visagie
Aug 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019-books-read
Read more at www.yourwordsmyink.com

Cue simultaneous screaming and sobbing. THIS BOOK IS AMAZING. I freaked out over the first book and how good it was, but A House of Rage and Sorrow takes the cake. OMG. My love for this series will never end and I need the third book ASAP. Okay, let me take a few deep breaths as I try to sort out my thoughts.

We're thrown right back into the stunningly unique world created by Mandanna. She blends sci-fi with fantasy like no other author. Both these novels are
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Anniek
Just like the first book in this trilogy, this was again a fun, fast-paced read. I was especially excited to see Titania, the sentient spaceship, has a POV in here as well! There were some twists and turns I did not see coming.

However, I did wish some things were more resolved, especially when it comes to the characterization of some of the side characters. There motivations weren't always exactly clear, and that made it sometimes hard to stay invested in the story. I would especially have liked
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shri (sunandchai)
Jul 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Doing a blog tour in August—review to come.
Jamie Coudeville
There are so many things I want to say about this book. It's been a while since I've come across a book series that I love this much. It's killing me to know I'll have to wait at least a year for book 3.

I love Esmae as a character. I love her anger and her strength. There were so many twists and turns in this book that I didn't see coming (and one major one that I've been expecting since book 1, so happy to know I was right). And after that ending, I'm both terrified and excited to see what happ
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Shruti Ramanujam
Sep 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Actual rating: 4.5 out of 5

I was really scared about reading this book because:

a. I didn't want my beloved characters to be hurt in any way at all; and
b. I was worried it might suffer from Second Book Syndrome.

But I mustered up the courage to read it anyway, and boy, am I glad! This is yet another book that is definitely making it to my Top 10 Favorite Reads of the year and I'm going to be screaming about it for ages to come!

Read my review on This is Lit.
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Kristen
Nov 13, 2019 rated it liked it
I didn't think the second book in the Celestial Trilogy was quite as good as the first, mainly because it moved too quickly without leaving room for characterization despite having a lot of characters, but that last 20% is amazing.

3 1/2 Stars

Full Review on My Website
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Kate
Aug 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Actual rating: 5/5

HOLY SHIT.

Y'all thought A Spark of White Fire was painful?

YOU ARE NOT READY FOR THIS.

Find more from me:
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Jennifer
Feb 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sff, ebooks-online, thing
I am all rage and sorrow at the end of this book. I have got to stop reading books in series that aren't finished! But like the first book, I couldn't put it down. I kept reading bits in the elevator and wherever I could get away with it.

I'm just astonished, but I can't say why. I'm speechless.
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Sangu Mandanna was four years old when an elephant chased her down a forest road and she decided to write her first story about it. Seventeen years and many, many manuscripts later, she signed her first book deal. Sangu now lives in Norwich, a city in the east of England, with her husband and kids.

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