I can’t be the only one who sometimes gets lost among all the YA fantasy out there. I like YA fantasy a lot, but after a while the stories all start sounding pretty similar. That isn’t the case AT ALL with Swati Teerdhala’s The Tiger at Midnight Trilogy. This fantasy trilogy is inspired by Indian mythology, and the story is really fresh and intriguing and stands out among all the other YA fantasy currently out. The first book, The Tiger at Midnight, released in 2019, and the second book in the trilogy, The Archer at Dawn, just recently released on May 26th, 2020.
- Author: Swati Teerdhala
- Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
- Release Date: May 26th 2020
Synopsis: “The Sun Mela is many things: a call for peace, a cause for celebration, and, above all, a deadly competition. For Kunal and Esha, finally working together as rebel spies, it provides the perfect guise to infiltrate King Vardaan’s vicious court.
Kunal will return to his role as dedicated Senap soldier, at the Sun Mela to provide extra security for the palace during the peace summit for the divided nations of Jansa and Dharka. Meanwhile, Esha will use her new role as adviser to Prince Harun to keep a pulse on shifting political parties and seek out allies for their rebel cause. A radical plan is underfoot to rescue Jansa’s long-lost Princess Reha—the key to the stolen throne.
But amid the Mela games and glittering festivities, much more dangerous forces lie in wait. With the rebel Blades’ entry into Vardaan’s court, a match has been lit, and long-held secrets will force Kunal and Esha to reconsider their loyalties—to their country and to each other. Getting into the palace was the easy task; coming out together will be a battle for their lives.”
I’ve really enjoyed the setting and world building of this series, and The Archer at Dawn continues building upon the world that Teerdhala started in The Tiger at Midnight. Not only is the world building really phenomenal and unique in this series, but the characters are absolutely amazingly depicted. I’ve really enjoyed the friendships and relationships explored, and the sequel has perfectly continued these relationships. I definitely recommend reading this series if you are a fan of YA fantasy!
About the Author: Swati Teerdhala is the author of The Tiger at Midnight series, which has appeared on both Barnes and Noble and Book Riot’s Most Anticipated Novels lists.
After graduating from the University of Virginia with a BS in finance and BA in history, she tumbled into the marketing side of the technology industry. She’s passionate about many things, including how the right ratio of curd-to-crust in a lemontart. She currently lives in New York City. Swati is represented by Kristin Nelson of Nelson Literary Agency.
Thanks to the publisher and The Fantastic Flying Book Club Tours for letting me a part of this book tour!