The Library of Fates by Aditi Khorana

The Library of Fates

Aditi Khorana

A romantic coming-of-age tale that begs the question: is it possible to reverse your fate? 

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A romantic coming-of-age fantasy tale steeped in Indian folklore, perfect for fans of The Star-Touched Queen and The Wrath and the Dawn

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 one another. 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?


Advance Galley Reviews

This book was one of the YA books I've read where I actually *wanted* it to be a series, and dare I say it, I trilogy. There was so much packed into this one book that up until the last five pages, I was convinced that there would be an opening for another book. Instead, the author rushes through key moments so that she can wrap this story all into one book. While I admire a YA author who doesn't want to follow the trope of the YA trilogy about a girl who's a savior/god/all powerful force, has a romantic subplot, and conquers evil, I actually wanted more from this book. The story did end in a fitting way, but the ending would have been much more impactful if the plot had had more time to develop. In the end, it just felt rushed, which is a shame because the world building was so incredible in this novel. I love that it's a diverse protagonist, fighting against a man who has very backwards ideals and believes that women should be subjugated and left with little agency. That was a thread that I wished had been picked up on more. *spoler* I think this story easily could've been broken up into two more books. Perhaps the first book would begin earlier than where this story does, so we'd have some more build up about how Amrita is and her friendship with Arjan. Then Sikrander comes on the scene and she escapes, having to leave Arjan behind. The next book could've been about her journey with Thea to the cave. Then the next book could've been them traveling back in time, really getting to know her parents and Sikrander, before she makes her final decision. Granted the story would need to be fleshed out more for this to have happened, but that's the main flaw of the book anyway.

The story pulled me from the very beginning with the parable and I liked how all these stories soon became a reality for the characters and everything fell together in place. I do wish I could have had more of the "Library of All Things" but I wonder if the novel would have dragged on then. I am surprise, though, that this is a stand alone novel even though it did on a good note. Curious to see if there could be a possible novella. Overall I was throughly pleased with this novel as a whole. I am interested in checking out Khorana's debut novel. If you are looking for a different type of fantasy with a fast paced plot, emotionally driven characters and a tear jerking ending then check this out.

I really wanted to love this book. I was intrigued by the premise and the folklore behind it. It had such potential. Instead of really diving in and making this book deep, intense, and interesting the author barely brushed the surface with the characters and story. I never really got to know the characters or even care for them much. A love interest was thrown in at the beginning and then just put aside, and when another was thrown in I never felt for the loss of one and the beginning of another. The story jumped from conflict to resolution too tidily. All in all I found the book to be rather shallow and bland. It could of have been great, but it ended up just mediocre.

I really enjoyed this book! The journey felt epic and the world-building was just wonderful! I really felt immersed and I even had dreams about this setting! I also love the fact that it included Indian folklore. I did not know much about Indian folk stories going in so it was cool that some aspects of the book were based on them. I thought Thala was very well written and the ending stirred emotions in me, which doesn't happened very often. I also like Amrita but I found myself wishing that Thala was the main character sometimes. I do believe also that sometimes the writing was a little too straight forward and too fast-paced. I felt like I was left wanting more in some plot points and that the ending felt a bit rushed. Overall, the cover is lovely, the journey was epic and beautiful, and the characters were emotionally driven and interesting. I loved this book!

This was a beautiful story of love and sacrifice. As she grows and learns through tragedy exactly who she is, in a world she never dreamed, she finds the strength to do what is right. Oracles, magic, goddesses, time travel, and a huge library who could ask for more. If I had one cratic it would be the lack of knowledge about the rituals and the ways of life and beliefs of this world. I had to look some things up to understand in some places. But all and all its a beautiful young adult coming of age story with just a bit of magic thrown in. Thank you for giving me the chance to read this book.

Khorana begins by explaining that selfishness leads to a lose-lose outcome while service to others, "even if it costs us a lot," leads to a win-win that transforms oneself and the world. In a voice innocent and bell-clear, she weaves this complex moral into a story about making choices that do not always feel like real choices, about knowing what pieces of fate can and cannot be changed, about being willing to feel pain and joy through it all. There are also flying, immortal beings that possess human bodies, but that is a bonus.

Real Rating: 2.75 I would like to take a moment to thank Penguin Random House for allowing me the chance to read this book with the intention of giving honest feedback. This book was interesting. I love the world building and the weaving of Indian mythology into the story. Unfortunately I found the dialogue and narrative choppy. It made the story a bit hard to follow. There were times I had become so frustrated by this, I would end up putting the book down and walking away from it. I almost had this book DNF'ed. I hate having to do that to a book I had been waiting so much for and became so disappointed in it. :/ There were times of boredom and times I simply skimmed over pages. I understand that there is always a need to build a plot but I felt this one just dragged its feet. I loved the author's ideas for this but not the execution of it. Since this was simply the ARC, I hope there will be changes to the final copy and I will be picking it up to see if there have been any changes.

Library of Fates is enchanting, the writing is beautiful, however, there are some parts that I believe could have been improved and I really think that if this book was a bit longer and the author has gone through another draft of two then this book could be even more fantastic.

I enjoyed the mystical and magical journey of the book and the Indian culture portrayed. The main character Amrita is a princess trapped in an engagement to an older friend of her father's who is also a powerful and aggressive emperor. She suffers heartache and sorrow when the emperor's true intentions unfold. leaving her fatherless and on the run. Her sojourn takes a magical turn that demands sacrifice at the end to solve the crisis but not exactly how she expected. Great page turner, but a little disappointed that one change in the past could be the best option.

I have mixed feelings about this book. Mostly, I really, really enjoyed it. It was a gripping story, and I'm writing this review at nearly 3am because I stayed up WAY past my bedtime to finish it. On the other hand, I thought the ending felt very abrupt. It came on so suddenly, and I felt like the solution to the main drama of the story was almost too easy. But maybe that's the point, that doing the right thing can and should seem easy, as if it were the only option to begin with. The ending to this story didn't surprise me, but all in all it was a poignant, captivating, and very timely tale. As a side note, I highly recommend reading the author's note at the beginning of the book. It's particularly powerful and it adds a lot of context to the story. This is one I would definitely recommend to lovers of romance, fantasy, and anyone who needs a reminder of the power of hope and selflessness. If that sounds appealing, you won't regret reading this one.

It was refreshing to read a book set in India, especially when it involves magic! Amirta is one of my all-time favorite book characters, and I admired her ability to try and determine who she is in order to save her kingdom. This book was seriously so beautiful, do yourself a favor and get a hold of this book when it officially comes out!

Set in India, The Library of Fates, is steeped in Indian folklore and magic. Perhaps, what is most notable is Khorana's ability to create vivid images of the world we are in and the way the Parables tie into the plot. This novel is teeming with classical Indian culture that pulls the reader in and allows them to experience a true Indian adventure. I would recommend this novel to those looking for stories of adventure and sacrifice with a hint of romance thrown into the mix. 3/5- would recommend.

this book had an excellent balance of heartbreak, action, and mystery that made it hard to look away from. It was just so interesting and gripping; I cannot wait to own a physical copy of this book! I absolutely loved it.

 


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