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Hunted by the Sky

(The Wrath of Ambar #1)

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Gul has spent her life running. She has a star-shaped birthmark on her arm, and in the kingdom of Ambar, girls with such birthmarks have been disappearing for years. Gul’s mark is what caused her parents’ murder at the hand of King Lohar’s ruthless soldiers and forced her into hiding to protect her own life. So when a group of rebel women called the Sisters of the Golden L ...more
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Published June 23rd 2020 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
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Henry Most of the issues set up in the novel are resolved, but, as the first novel in a series, larger matters are not. Don't worry, you're not left to dang…moreMost of the issues set up in the novel are resolved, but, as the first novel in a series, larger matters are not. Don't worry, you're not left to dangle in an abject state of suspense.(less)
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Elena May
Nov 17, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Tanaz Bhatena is writing fantasy now? Sign me up!

I've had a great experience with this author's work so far:

A Girl Like That: ★★★★★

The Beauty of the Moment: ★★★★☆

I loved both books though they're not in a genre I usually read. I can only imagine how much I'd love a book by Tanaz Bhatena in my favorite genre!

Also, I'm so happy to see an India-inspired fantasy by an author actually born in India. US authors have been dominating the scene, so it's great to hear from some more varied, authentic voic
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Tanaz
Jan 18, 2019 added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
June 23, 2020:
Hello readers,
HUNTED BY THE SKY is out in the world today! I hope you enjoy this book of mine with its medieval India-inspired setting, its fantasy world, which is inspired by Indian and Persian mythology, and its fierce women warriors. This book brought magic and ferocity back into my life when I thought I'd lost both. I hope it does the same for you.

May 15, 2020:
Hello readers! Here's ANOTHER excerpt from the book: https://www.tor.com/2020/05/14/read-a...

Apr 16, 2020:
Hello reade
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fanna
June 23, 2020:
Hunted by the Sky is a fantasy set in a world inspired by medieval India where a revengeful young girl finds herself right beneath the claws of royalty while a young boy struggling to survive finds a destiny for himself; all amidst the classism stemmed from magical abilities and lack thereof, bashing societal standards, and a romance reluctantly blossoming.

Consider reading this review over on my blog!


Representation: Indian & Persian mythology; ancient Indian setting; desi cultu
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Erin
Jul 02, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: series, kindle, netgalley
 Thanks to NetGalley and Penguin Random House Canada for an egalley in exchange for an honest review.

I chose this book merely for the cover, but I stayed out of curiosity. In this YA fantasy, Tanaz Bhathena weaves Persian and Indian mythology and history to create a fantasy world like no other. Gul, our main character watches in horror as her parents are killed at the hands of a ruthless ruler. Vowing vengeance, Gul joins a rebel group of women who help her understand her magic but will she be
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Kristen Ciccarelli
Get ready for this gem! It's everything you want in a fantasy novel: intricate worldbuilding, beautiful mythology, lush prose, fiercely complex girls, and a tender-hearted romance. I loved every bit of it. ...more
Sahitya
Definitely a 4.5.

I was initially pretty disappointed when I got rejected for the ARC, but I guess that ended up being a good thing because I had one less book to feel guilty about for missing the release date. And then I was pretty excited to get to it because all my friends loved it so much and now I know exactly why.

This book is so fast paced that it starts with a bang and doesn’t let up. The plot does have some quieter and somber moments where the characters get to show their softer or vulne
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Jodi Meadows
Official comments:

Filled with magic, prophecy, and ancient goddesses, HUNTED BY THE SKY is an engrossing novel that will keep the reader up long past bedtime. Tanaz Bhathena's fantasy is perfect for fans of thoughtful worldbuilding and fantastical mirrors to our own reality. A whirlwind of heartfelt storytelling.


Also:

WOW, WHAT A COVER!
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Vicky Again
Jan 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
THIS!!! WAS SO FANTASTIC WOW!!

Sweeping, magical, and with a heroine foretold to change the state of the kingdom of Ambar, Hunted by the Sky dazzles with its rich world and romantic nuances. I can't wait to see what happens in the sequel!
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Ciea✨
4.5*

BOW DOWN TO A FANTASY SET IN MEDIEVAL INDIA, PEOPLE.

Wow, this book felt so much like home. Though the glossary in the end made me crack up!

There are plenty of things I loved about this book, one of them being a magic system which is very conveniently sprinkled on the story in the beginning and made to look very natural and non-descriptive.

The prose-worthy writing is an instant pull-in, and even though the first half of the book is a bit slow, you get sucked in pretty fast because of how fas
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Caidyn (he/him/his)
I received an ARC through Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review!

CW: slavery, implied sexual slavery, death of parents, murder, animal cruelty, a chronically ill parent, use of derogatory sexual language, and violence

What an excellent read! It took me a bit to get into, but once I was there, the book just blew by. I was so entranced by the world and, yep, I'm totally going to have to read this whole series!

Gul has not had an easy life. She watched her parents get murdered for hiding her and
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♠ Tabi⁷ ♠
despite the fact that this elevator pitch seems to be the entire plot, I don't care, please give me this

also I love that cover
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Nenia ✨ I yeet my books back and forth ✨ Campbell
I just "wished for this book" on Netgalley. After reading the author's other two books, I'm high key ready to stalk support her efforts to join the leagues of the fantasy world. ...more
ana ~ (dvrk.sappho)
1.5 stars precisely.

God, dear g o d ! only heaven knows what the author tried to do with this book or why she even bothered to write one, because repeat after me : THIS BOOK IS AN AMALGAMATION OF SEVERAL CLICHÉS PUT TOGETHER. and i am not even talking about the general vibe in it, but about the subtle rip-off she did. minus the Indian rep, everything written is similar to the stories we've already come across.

first off are the most clichéd tropes that we find in almost every other books (???) in
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Leah
Jun 23, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Guys. GUYS. Why don't you have this book yet? There can be no excuse now that it's out in the world. This is a tale overflowing with magic and revenge and girls taking the world into their hands and I couldn't get enough of it!

Full review at Write, Read, Repeat

This is the second medieval Indian fantasy series I've started reading this year and I have no intention of letting HUNTED BY THE SKY be the last. To be fair, this one is Indian with a mix of Persian in the mythology, which I thought gave
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Mridu  aka Storypals
I think I have read enough fantasy novels now to actually be shook by the twists!

This somehow very much reminds me of Ember in the Ashes and Red Queen... very weird... but it does, yet I did like the writing and was engaged with the story through out!
Gayatri Saikia   | per_fictionist

𝙏𝙝𝙚 𝙨𝙠𝙮 𝙬𝙞𝙡𝙡 𝙛𝙖𝙡𝙡,⁣
𝙖 𝙨𝙩𝙖𝙧 𝙬𝙞𝙡𝙡 𝙧𝙞𝙨𝙚.⁣
𝘼𝙢𝙗𝙖𝙧 𝙘𝙝𝙖𝙣𝙜𝙚𝙙 𝙗𝙮 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙠𝙞𝙣𝙜’𝙨 𝙙𝙚𝙢𝙞𝙨𝙚⁣
𝙃𝙚𝙧 𝙢𝙖𝙜𝙞𝙘 𝙪𝙣𝙩𝙤𝙪𝙘𝙝𝙚𝙙 ⁣
𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙪𝙣𝙠𝙣𝙤𝙬𝙣 𝙗𝙮 𝙖𝙡𝙡.⁣
𝙈𝙖𝙧𝙠𝙚𝙙 𝙬𝙞𝙩𝙝 𝙖 𝙨𝙩𝙖𝙧,⁣
𝙨𝙝𝙚’𝙡𝙡 𝙗𝙧𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙝𝙞𝙨 𝙙𝙤𝙬𝙣𝙛𝙖𝙡𝙡⁣

~ hunted by the sky✨⁣

hunted by the sky is everything your desi heart needs and so much more!⁣
set in the fictional land of Amber, and heavily inspired by Indian and Persian mythology, hunted by the sky brings to us a tale of revenge and a prophecy that is bound to change the rules of the kingdom.⁣

this is what feels to be represented! ta
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Vee
Aug 20, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought this book was interesting, but very slow and tropey. In an attempt to not be quite so tropey, the people without magic are the ones that are oppressed, rather than the ones with magic, which just made it blindingly obvious that it was trying not to be... tropey. I'm not even sure that's a word but I've used it three times, fight me.

Gul is a very annoying character. Shaming a girl who seemed to have been raped at a young age as if she sold herself and this was something she should be as
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Lisa Andres
I finished this book. That's important to note. I *am* capable of DNF-ing a book -- as evidenced by the fact that there are 27 books in my Currently Reading List -- usually because I find the book boring (and sometimes because life just gets in the way, and it's not compelling enough to return to).

So the fact that I finished this book is a testament to the premise: I was intrigued enough to request an ARC from NetGalley, and I was hoping for a lush, rich fantasy that I could just lose myself in
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JenLovesBooks
Jun 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 Stars

Okay, it's not often that I give a book a half star... this just called for it. There was so much in this book, so many great things, but also so much that had me wanting different outcomes, or change in pace, or in emotion. So, I couldn't quite get to the a full four, but there was no way I could place it right there at a three either. Because, if you've heard (or read) this book by now, then you know how much is filled up in those pages.

Now, here's my reasons why it's all a mix of fee
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Pavitra (For The Love of Fictional Worlds)

Also Posted on For The Love of Fictional Worlds

Disclaimer: An eARC was provided via Penguin India as part of the Bookstagram/Blog Tour. The Thoughts, opinions & feelings expressed in the review are therefore, my own.

OMG! OMG! OMG! How do I even begin to describe the beauty that is the Hunted By The Sky – the representation of Indian/Persian themes had my heart and soul singing! All the white cishet readers would never understand how it feels to be seen, to read the language and the tra
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Mash
Dec 05, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
RATING : 4.5 stars

This book was Amazing!!

It is set in medieval India, where we follow Gul, a female who vows to avenge her dead parents after they are killed by the sky warriors of the king. A prophecy had once been said that there will be a girl with a star as her birthmark that will bring down the king. Gul was born with a star on her arm, removing it was attempted by her mother over and over again when she was young but it was always there. After her parents are murdered Gul is taken by the s
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Allison
Jun 10, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020-arcs
3.5/5 - Read the full review at www.universewithinpages.com
Note: While this is an ARC, I was given a copy of this book from a giveaway, not for review purposes. All reviews and thoughts are my own.

I won this ARC a couple weeks ago from YallWest (or YallStayHome) and I’m excited that I got a chance to read it! It is a fantasy inspired by medieval India, which I thought was unique and interesting. The story focuses on Gul, a girl who is born with a star-shaped birthmark, who has spent her life try
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Jewel
Jul 26, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy-a-to-g
Actual rating: 3.75 stars

There were many familiar YA tropes in this novel like "the chosen one", "you killed my parents so prepare to die (even though my revenge plan suffers from a glaring lack of foresight)", "our fates are intertwined" type of romance, etc.

However, despite all those tropes, I still found myself truly enjoying and devouring this book. It's the type of immersive and exciting read that made me feel like time sped up while I was reading it. "Wait, what? I just started! It's been
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Vishnu Chevli
Sep 22, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: listen
Nice magically fantasies based on Indian origin.

Definitely a good company.

Will wait for the next part.
Arundhati
Jan 23, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have been far too skeptical of trying an Indian mythology/culture inspired fantasy for so long now. More like worried none would justify and capture our culture correctly. But boy I haven't been disappointed with this one. The author really does a great job with the world building. The pacing of the book is good, not too fast to miss out world building nor too slow to cause one to lose interest.

The characters are very believable and act as their age with sense of doubt but still wanting to pro
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Fallon
Apr 25, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was not what I expected but I think that is a good thing. Told in dual POV's from Gul a girl who has the mark of the prophecy. A girl predicted to take back the throne. The King is looking for any female with this mark. Gul's POV was definitely my favorite. Getting to know her past and following her journey and discovery of what and who she is was fascinating. Cavas was another POV of a boy who works in the stables at the palace. He made Gul's POV and story more well rounded but I did ...more
Mac (bookshelfpalace)
When I picked this book up at the bookstore and read the synopsis, I right away knew I was going to love it! This book has an amazing magic system, great characters, and a rebel girl group LIKE HELLO YES PLEASE! I honestly can’t wait for the sequel! Especially with that ending...like...wow...I really need book two!




!!SPOILER SECTION!!
I just have a few things I just want to freak out about!
- first off I love Prince Amar so much and was literally hoping during the whole book that he wasn’t bad.
He
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Monica
Jun 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020
Initial Thoughts

I had seen this book floating around on Instagram and I believe it was my lovely friends Brad and Britney of @audioshelfme who first showed it off and made me want to look it up. Some things to note, I am half Indian and love seeing Indian mythology represented in fantasy novels. It’s not super commonplace and it was also so important to me that this novel is an Own Voices novel. After learning what the book was about, that it represents my culture, and that the FFBC was hosting
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Uma    | Books.Bags.Burgers
(A huge thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.)

TW: mentions of sexual slavery, rape and abuse.

Can I just say I'm incredibly happy that 2020 has been seeing a LOT of culturally diverse fantasy books? (It's probably the only thing 2020 has going for it though)

As an #ownvoices reviewer can I take a moment to cry about just how happy it makes me to see an Indian inspired fantasy by an #ownvoices author in a mainstream media. And it has a br
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Anjali (bookstersisters)
My bookstagram and twitter has been flooded with appreciation for Hunted by the sky recently which finally made me pick it up a few days back.
Gul has been born with a star shaped birth mark which puts a target on her back as hundreds of girls with similar birth mark have been disappearing all over Ambar. Gul’s fight against the system which thus hunts her forms the backbone of the story.
Inspired from medieval India, the world building is the highlight of this book for me. Not only is the settin
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Tanaz Bhathena writes books for young adults. Her latest novel, Hunted by the Sky, was named a Best Book of the Year by the CBC and USBBY, with the sequel Rising like a Storm releasing on June 22, 2021. Her novel, The Beauty of the Moment, won the Nautilus Gold Award for Young Adult Fiction and was nominated for the Ontario Library Association’s White Pine Award. Her acclaimed debut, A Girl Like T ...more

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