The Jasmine Throne by Tasha Suri
Publication date: 10 June 2021
Page count: 562 pages
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This review is spoiler-free.
I am a huge fan of Tasha Suri’s books so The Jasmine Throne was, of course, one of my most anticipated books of the year. Unsurprisingly, I absolutely loved 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.
Imprisoned by her dictator brother, Malini spends her days in isolation in the Hirana: an ancient temple that was once the source of the powerful, magical deathless waters — but is now little more than a decaying ruin.
Priya is a maidservant, one among several who make the treacherous journey to the top of the Hirana every night to clean Malini’s chambers. She is happy to be an anonymous drudge, so long as it keeps anyone from guessing the dangerous secret she hides.
But when Malini accidentally bears witness to Priya’s true nature, their destinies become irrevocably tangled. One is a vengeful princess seeking to depose her brother from his throne. The other is a priestess seeking to find her family. Together, they will change the fate of an empire.
When I think of Suri’s books, there are a few things that leap to mind:
- Gorgeous worldbuilding
- Beautiful and unique magic systems –
- Amazing female characters
- Fantastic, slow burn romances
All of these things are featured in The Jasmine Throne, and I couldn’t be more in love with this book. Suri builds a beautiful, yet tumultuous world with conflicts across politics, religion, social class, and the colonial government. This world is so lush that it comes to life on the page — this is one of those rare fantasy books where, despite the magic, it genuinely feels like a real place. The magic infused in this world is haunting and gorgeous — I love nature horror and this book surprisingly scratched that itch. Between the rot and the deathless waters, Suri has once again proved she’s one of the best worldbuilders in the business.
The Jasmine Throne showcases strong female characters, but each woman is so individual and different. They are complicated, morally grey, and fantastic women that are willing to fight for what they believe is right. Suri showcases different kinds of strength through her characters: they are physically strong (Priya), have the emotional fortitude to prop up empires (Malani), and willing to do whatever it takes to save the people they love, no matter the personal cost (Bhumika). The relationships, both romantic and familial, are so incredibly intricate and Suri weaves incredibly connections between her characters.
I could go on and on (and on) about how much I loved this book. If you’re a fan of Tasha Suri’s previous books, you’ll love this ambitious and bold fantasy book. I could not recommend it more highly!
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