Synopsis: Esha is a legend, but no one knows. It’s only in the shadows that she moonlights as the Viper, the rebels’ highly skilled assassin. She’s devoted her life to avenging what she lost in the royal coup, and now she’s been tasked with her most important mission to date: taking down the ruthless General Hotha.
Kunal has been a soldier since childhood, training morning and night to uphold the power of King Vardaan. His uncle, the general, has ensured that Kunal never strays from the path—even as a part of Kunal longs to join the outside world, which has been growing only more volatile.
Then Esha’s and Kunal’s paths cross—and an unimaginable chain of events unfolds. Both the Viper and the soldier think they’re calling the shots, but they’re not the only players moving the pieces. As the bonds that hold their land in order break down and the sins of the past meet the promise of a new future, both rebel and soldier must make unforgivable choices. (Goodreads)
Publication Date: April 23, 2019
Genre: YA, Fantasy
The Tiger at midnight is an Indian inspired fantasy, part one in a trilogy. It follows the story of Esha, an assassin and rebel and Kunal, a soldier. There were a lot of things I loved about this book but the thing I loved the most was its easy world building.
The characters of this book were really interesting. We have Esha who is an assassin. She is fierce and smart and loves showing misogynistic men just how deadly she is. Then we have Kunal, a soldier deep rooted in his values but with the heart of an artist. The writing was beautiful and the whole imagery of rainforests, cities, palaces was really good.
Esha and Kunal’s cat and mouse chase and heated banter was extremely fun to read. Their romantic tension was one of the best parts of the book and my favourite part. Their story right from the first page to the last page takes you through a lot of emotions. I feel there was not a proper balance of action and romance and it was heavy on the romance side than actual action.
“Never greet a tiger at midnight, for they are the manifestations of your past misdeeds.”
The story, though, felt a little repetitive. The plot twists were well written but felt..underwhelming. The build up was good but then I felt it did not live up to THAT much hype. This is the only low point for me in the book which affected my reading experience. I wasn’t completely satisfied with the whole pacing of the story.
Overall, it was a well-written lush fantasy with great characters.I look forward to reading the next part and follow and know more about Esha and Kunal’s story. There will be a second part and I hope it gets more better and interesting.
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