The Jasmine Throne
Imprisoned by her dictator brother, Mali ...more
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The whole premise of the book is that the protagonist refuse…more I didn't finish it, so I can't comment on explicit, but there's definite trigger warnings.
The whole premise of the book is that the protagonist refused to commit ritual suicide by jumping on a pyre with two other girls, so she's imprisoned in a room in a dilapidated temple where twenty-five children were slaughtered and the priesthood also succumbed to self-immolation.
Oh and her servants are at risk of death every time they try to access the temple, as they have to climb up and down the side to get in.
(See why I DNF-ed?)(less) (hide spoiler)]
Full review to come.
This is my first full 5 star read of the year, and a new favourite. I have found a new epic fantasy series to fill the void left behind by The City of Brass and The Poppy War trilogies. It is an examination of how women are seen as monstrous - whether it's due to actual magical abilities, or simply the fact that they're clever. It is also full of sapphic yearning (the waterfall scene!), sprawling and lush worldbuilding on an epic scale, and rich politics. It lo ...more
Reading The Jasmine Throne was like hovering, ghostlike, in another world, feeling the heat of the flames and watching the drip of spilled wine and hearing my own heart pound with rage or fear or love or some unnervi ...more
It begins with a burning and an exile. Malini is a traitor — a vengeful princess banished to the Hirana, a ruined temple, to atone for her crimes. Kept under lock and key, she grows weaker under the watchful eye of her caretaker, facing almost certain death. Priya is a maidservant tasked with taking the treacherous path to the Hirana every night to care for the captive princess. The job is dangerous, accompanied by the risk of revealing her most well-kept secret, and when Priya is attac ...more
rep: Indian inspired characters and setting, lesbian mcs
tw: homophobia, gore, violence, execution by burning, forced drug use, torture, death, body horror
“Trust me, her face said.
That was the problem with making allies. At some point, inevitably, there came a moment when a decision had to be made: Could this one be trusted? Had their loyalty been won? Was their generosity a façade for a hidden knife?”
I more or less inhaled this 500+ page novel in two days.
Tasha Suri's The Jasmine Throne may be one of the best high fantasy novels I've ever read. Superbly written The Jasmine Throne presents its readers with an ...more
“She could make herself into something monstrous. She could be a creature born of poison and pyre, flame and blood.”
This book starts out with fire and it does not die down throughout the story. Princess Malini, traitorous sister to the Parijati emperor refuses to burn and is sent instead to be imprisoned in the conquered nation of Ahiranya where unrest and tensions are rising. Masked rebels are taking more and more violent action to free themselves from Parijatdvipa’s control, aspir ...more
"There are other versions of you that I don't know. But this one..." Her fingers were against Malini's lips. "This one is mine."
Tasha Suri has done it again. I am so grateful to her for that.
There isn't a single thing that I didn't like in the book: the complex plot, the sapphic yearning, the magic system, the influential side characters, the scheming, the Indian rep and the beautiful descriptions. I'm so eager to see how the seri ...more
HERE FOR THE MORALLY GREY LESBIANS (IN LOVE)
Honestly, though a captive princess and her maidservant coming for the princess's traitor brother (and in love). Love to see it ...more
Rep: Indian inspired characters and setting, lesbian mcs
CWs: homophobia, gore, violence, execution by burning, forced drug use
rep: indian coded lesbian main characters, indian coded cast
do you like enemies to reluctant allies to lovers, morally grey characters, yearning is in the almost kisses, tenderly washing your lovers hair, accidental hand holding in a dark forest night?
The Jasmine Throne is the first book in the burning kingdoms duology, an engrossing tale of two women, survivors who become unlikely allies to save the empire, with a slow burn romance in the make set in Ahiranya, ...more
What exactly does a female author have to do in order for her books to be considered adult fantasy, apart from writing under a male or gender-neutral pseudonym?
If you find out, let me know. ...more
... a new trilogy set in a world inspired by the history and epics of India, in which a captive princess and a maidservant in possession of forbidden magic become unlikely allies on a dark journey to save their empire from the princess's traitor brother.
anti-heriones are my weakness and this is sapphic
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And it is about time for someone to do something about it.
While there are sporadic POVs, Prya and Malini are the backbone to ...more
The Jasmine Throne is one of my most anticipated releases of the year and Tasha Suri did not disappoint! The world she created was so lush and vibrant. I could picture everything clearly in my head. The magic and own world mythology was so original and creative. I was fascinated by all of it.
I also appreciated the complexity of this story. You get to see every side of the conflict through numerous character perspectives, not just the main characters. I thought this was qu ...more
Exhilarating worldbuilding and magic systems, genuine threat and moments of horror, colonialism and resistance, monstrous people doing monstrous things for good reasons.
Loved it loved it loved it. ...more
cw: homophobia, gore, violence, execution by burning, forced drug use
I'M SCREAMING!!! head full too many thoughts idk how I'm going to review this!! ...more
the tropes used (from the author's twitter): 'enemies to lovers (well, 'reluctant allies to lovers'), it's all about the yearning™, wet sari scene, secret identities, tragic pasts, ReVENGE, the imperialist patriarchy is bad actually, burn it al ...more
I received an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
The Jasmine Throne is the first book in a fantasy series following a disgraced princess and a maidservant in possession of forbidden magic, who become unlikely allies to save the empire from the princess's traitor brother. It is an excellent start to Tasha Suri’s new fantasy series.
This trilogy is set in an Indian-inspired fantasy world, in the colonized nation of Ahiranya, where rebellion is bre ...more
Descriptively this novel is beautiful. The magic, the political landscape, the danger, all embedded into every page. Malini, a princess banished, imprisoned and kept in a drug induced other world because she refused to b ...more
A huge thank you Orbit for the early copy and the opportunity to read and review it!
“Author of Empire of Sand and Realm of Ash Tasha Suri's The Jasmine Throne, beginning a new trilogy set in a world inspired by the history and epics of India, in which a captive princess and a maidservant in possession of forbidden magic become unlikely allies on a dark journey to save their empire from the princess's traitor brother.”