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Review: The Jasmine Throne

Book 1 in the series

Synopsis

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.

Review

Rating: 3 out of 5.

An absolutely incredible start to a series that ultimately fizzled out. The world building here is honestly first rate…unfortunately that is all the author really managed to accomplish. While each volume in a series doesn’t necessarily need to stand alone, it not only felt as if the author didn’t try, the entire book reads like a prologue. There is no real climax here and every single page of the FIVE HUNDRED+ page manuscript is just building towards the next book.

Which is unfortunate because Suri’s intricate world building, complex characters, and realistic, complicated relationships deserve a higher rating than the basic, bare minimum, snail’s pace plot drags this book down too.

I am interested in reading the sequel, but I find recommending this book a challenge until I see if the NEXT book is worth it.