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The Jasmine Throne

(Burning Kingdoms #1)

4.39  ·  Rating details ·  687 ratings  ·  432 reviews
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.

Imprisoned by her dictator brother, Mali
Paperback, 533 pages
Published June 8th 2021 by Orbit
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chai ♡
If your thing is “morally grey lesbians who long to set an empire ablaze and are set ablaze by their longing for each other/washing each other’s hair/holding sharp-edged knives to each other’s ribs/kissing beneath a waterfall” you should definitely pre-order this book!

Full review to come.
Ellie (faerieontheshelf)
5 gleaming, golden, sapphic stars.

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
May 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
↠ 5 stars

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
Lex Kent
Finally! The epic fantasy book I have been searching all year for. I love fantasy and there is nothing I would rather read then some sapphic fantasy. While I have read some okay and even some good fantasy books this year, there has not been anything I thought was great… well that is until now. I had high expectations for this book and it was exactly the type of fantasy that I want to read. I hope it comes out in audio soon as I would love to go on this adventure again.

I do have to mention that
Talia Hibbert
I… just… wow. I long ago accepted the fact that no book would ever make me feel precisely the way Empire of Sand or Realm of Ash did, which is fine, so WHY did The Jasmine Throne have to knock me off my chair with the exact same feels magnified by like 10,000? What is that about?????

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
may ➹
I had a feeling that I would love The Jasmine Throne from the very first time I’d heard about it. Promising a morally grey lesbian romance and a focus on empire and family, I thought this would hit on some of my favorite things to see in fantasy, and though it wasn’t quite the new favorite I was hoping it would be, I was still utterly enchanted by it. If you’re looking for a fantasy burning with intensity, from its vengeful characters to its feminist themes, you should absolutely pick this up.

Chloe Gong
Mar 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing
The Jasmine Throne raises the bar for what epic fantasy should be. Tasha Suri has created a beautiful, ferocious world alongside an intimate study of the characters who will burn it all down.
anna (½ of readsrainbow)
rep: Indian inspired characters and setting, lesbian mcs
tw: homophobia, gore, violence, execution by burning, forced drug use, torture, death, body horror

Review also on Reads Rainbow. ARC provided by the publisher.

The Jasmine Throne is one of those books where even weeks and months after you’ve read it, you don’t stop thinking about it. But all that time also doesn’t make it easier to put into words all the reasons why the book leaves such an impression, why you’re so full of wonder over it. I c
Lucie V.
I received a copy of this book via NetGalley (thank you Orbit Books). All thoughts and opinions are my own.

✅ Gorgeous cover
✅ Indian-inspired
✅ World-building
✅ Writing
✅🆗 Characters
✅🆗 Plot
✅🆗 Multiple POVs
🆗 Pace
🆗 Romance

3.5 stars

There is no meaning in the universe: no fate, no high blood, no rights of kings over land. Everything is emptiness. The world only had meaning when we give it meaning.

This story starts with a religious sacrificial burning. Three young women have been destined
May 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing
My thanks to Tasha Suri, Orbit books and Netgalley. What can I say? I loved this book so much! I've recently found that I love Sapphic Fantasy. As an extremely boring, hetero white gal? I love the thought of females coming together against a very Patriarchal culture, and messing it all up! Watching Priya and Malini find each other was lovely. I loved watching them slowly build up trust! I've lately read alot of fantasy books, but this story was lush! The plant's, flowers, waters, colors.. I can' ...more
May 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My thanks to Tasha Suri, Orbit books and Netgalley.
What can I say? I loved this book so much!
I've recently found that I love Sapphic Fantasy.
As an extremely boring, hetero white gal? I love the thought of females coming together against a very Patriarchal culture, and messing it all up!
Watching Priya and Malini find each other was lovely. I loved watching them slowly build up trust!
I've lately read alot of fantasy books, but this story was lush! The plant's, flowers, waters, colors..
I can't wa
charlotte, (½ of readsrainbow)
i am wrecked & so grateful for it

read my review on reads rainbow

Rep: Indian inspired characters and setting, lesbian mcs

CWs: homophobia, gore, violence, execution by burning, forced drug use
/ / / Read more reviews on my blog / /

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
Oct 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
☆ 5 / 5 ☆

“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
Jun 12, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I went into this book with high expectations and it did not disappoint!!! Lovers of epic fantasy, do yourselves a favor and get a copy of The Jasmine Throne. It is an intricate, feminist, political fantasy with a large cast of characters, sapphic representation, and really interesting world-building inspired by the history and epics of India. Thus far, easily the best fantasy of 2021 for me.

Malini is a princess imprisoned by her brother for refusing to willingly burn on a pyre. Kept isolated in
check out the full review along with an aesthetic on my blog!

"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
Mar 04, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sapphic, 3-5, sff
The Jasmine Throne by Tasha Suri is a feminist tale with a main cast of captivating yet flawed women. The strength of the book is in the characterization. The characters are enchanting, complex and messy. These characters will steal your heart and then try to stab you through it but you will love them anyway(pointedly looking at Malini). I found the writing to be spellbindingly beautiful. The world building was fantastic and vivid. The plot while very intriguing was extremely slow moving, so it ...more
Jul 02, 2020 is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2021-releases
01.06.2021 starting a buddy read with the every so wonderful cath. 💛
18.05.2021 who has an early copy? ME. Now lemme go and fall in love with these desi heroines, okay bye.
02.07.2020 yes. I'm sad I discovered this so late but now that I'm here I can't stop imagining how sapphic this is gonna be and I'm all here for it.
5/5 stars. aches. hurts. in love.

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,
Nomadic Reader (Baba Yaga)
Love how this adult fantasy book, which isn't even out yet, has already been shelved as YA by several people on Goodreads.
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.
I was sent this book as an advance copy by the publisher for reviewing purposes, but all opinions are my own.

4.5 stars

This was my first Tasha Suri book and I was drawn in by the promise of morally grey lesbians in an India-inspired epic fantasy (and also the fact that the author's bunnies are named Wei Ying and Lan Zhan. but mostly it was the lesbians) and all I can say is Suri definitely delivered on all fronts!

It's really hard to decide where to begin with in this review, because the books
May 17, 2021 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book! This is a great first book in a new fantasy series with strong, brave, and well developed female lead characters, a fun new world and an easy to follow yet still very interesting plot line.

I thought the world building was done exceptionally well. Some fantasy books can be very hard to follow for the first half of the book where everything is being built and explained, but this was done slowly and naturally throughout the book so the fantasy elements just seemed natur
May 18, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I fell so hard for this entire book. I loved the relationship and the intricacies of the world and it’s magic. This book really makes the reader question who they’re rooting for in the best way possible.

First off, the world and magic. The world building was super well done and was rather simple to understand despite its complexities. I thought it was really creative and included nods to Indian mythology and culture, which is always super cool to see in any book. I think fantasy books with refere
Jan 17, 2020 marked it as to-read-so-bad-it-hurts
What's better than a queer, desi woman in a sari on the cover of an #ownvoices fantasy anyway 💁🏽



Honestly, though a captive princess and her maidservant coming for the princess's traitor brother (and in love). Love to see it
julianna ➹
update: it's time to stop pretending i've been reading this when i haven't even gotten past the one page prologue 🙏 thank you everyone for watching the illusionist's (me) show, come again

this is a lesbian princess/priestess pairing everyone say thank you tasha suri for feeding us
May 08, 2021 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition




I NEED this book now
h o l l i s
I'm pretty tempted to round up on this one but, despite how much I enjoyed the second half, this definitely starts off.. slow, maybe even a little strange. But it's some of that same strangeness that kept me from putting it down and wanting to know more.

What I think Suri does so well, beyond some incredibly lush and descriptive but not overly purple writing, is how they offers up very complex and fascinating, multilayered, female characters. They aren't a stagnant kind of grey or fit easily and
May 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I am literally trying to catch my breath. Highly recommended.
Mar 18, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Like the characters of this story, The Jasmine Throne is a book with many faces. It's about women who experience tragedy, and rather to succumbing to its effects, they sharpen themselves from it. It's about trust in the name of survival, and how love can screw it all up. It's about a conquered nation who is systematically being flushed out of their art, identity, and hope.

And it is about time for someone to do something about it.

While there are sporadic POVs, Prya and Malini are the backbone to
Update at 60% of the way in: This book is ripping my heart out, and there is NO other author who would keep me reading something this emotionally intense when I'm going through my own stress issues in real life (family health issues) - but agggh, this is just so rich and so gorgeously emotional, vivid and raw in the way that it treats grief and trauma and love and the complexities of different kinds of power. I can't STOP reading it (even if I should)! And I want so badly for the two heroines, P ...more
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Tasha Suri was born in the U.K., but toured India during childhood holidays. She is now a librarian in London, and studied English and creative writing at Warwick University.

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“Oh, vows could be broken. Of course they could. And yet Priya was… not entirely a safe person to lie to. And worse still, Malini did not want to break a promise to her.
There was a sound, somewhere below them. Priya’s jaw hardened.
“Promise me this, or one way or another, you die here.”
“You’ll kill me after all, Priya?”
“No, you fool woman,” Priya said, eyes blazing. “No. Never me.”
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