The Library of Fates by Aditi Khorana
Published by Razorbill on July 18, 2017
Genres: Young Adult, Fiction, Fantasy, Mythology
Pages: 354 Format: Hardcover Source: Library
No one is entirely certain what brings the Emperor Sikander to Shalingar. Until now, the idyllic kingdom has been immune to his many violent conquests. To keep the visit friendly, Princess Amrita has offered herself as his bride, sacrificing everything—family, her childhood love, and her freedom—to save her people. But her offer isn’t enough.
The palace is soon under siege, and Amrita finds herself a fugitive, utterly alone but for an oracle named Thala, who was kept by Sikander as a slave and managed to escape amid the chaos. With nothing and no one else to turn to, Amrita and Thala are forced to rely on each other. But while Amrita feels responsible for her kingdom and sets out to warn her people, the newly free Thala has no such ties. She encourages Amrita to go on a quest to find the fabled Library of All Things, where it is possible for each of them to reverse their fates. To go back to before Sikander took everything from them.
Stripped of all that she loves, caught between her rosy past and an unknown future, will Amrita be able to restore what was lost, or does another life—and another love—await?
Hello mythology and magic! Library of Fates by Aditi Khorana is an utterly enjoyable journey with a healthy dose of both. It follows Amrita, a princess betrothed to a tyrant, as she befriends an oracle and sets out to change her fate. With wonderful writing, intriguing characters, and a stunning setting, this title holds within its pages a fascinating tale full of depth.
Give me all the books with luscious writing! Seriously, I adore in depth descriptions and flowery prose when it’s done well and this one certainly hits the mark. The mythology seeps from the page and I was easily immersed within the cultural elements. I originally expected a straight forward story but I both surprised and pleased by the turn of events. It made the narrative even more thrilling a ride. No spoilers though obviously.
As far as characters go Amrita and Thala were the most prominent figures. With her whole life in upheaval, Amrita struggles on the run. She cares deeply but is fearful and naive about the larger world. Thala though is all too aware of real life trauma as she’s been enslaved as a Seer. The two of them lean on each other for support and learn a great deal in the process. Also special shout out to Varun for…reasons.
This story was made tangible and real by the well crafted world. Shalingar is an expansive city which is explored quite extensively during the escape. It’s as if the reader runs right along side our heroine through cramped tunnels and crowded streets. The mountain pilgrimage also was especially lush and the rich descriptions of the vetalas and trees were incredibly poignant. I was captivated by every single page and place.
Overall Aditi Khorana’s Library of Fates was a thoroughly enjoyable read filled with fantastical elements and rich mythology. Amrita’s journey was thrilling and filled with emotion and I couldn’t help falling a little bit in love with her story. There’s unexpected twists and heaps of heart at ever turn and the narrative was certainly compelling. If you love rich worlds and writing, this one is definitely for you!
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