I received an Advanced Reader’s Copy of this book from the publisher and Caffeine Book Tours as part of my participation in their tour.
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.
MY RATING- ⭐⭐⭐⭐.5
“There are other versions of you that I don’t know. But this one…” Her fingers were against Malini’s lips. “This one is mine.”
The story of “The Jasmine Throne” starts with a religious sacrificial burning where three women were burned alive. But one of those three women, refused to be burnt alive. The Jasmine Throne tells a story about Priya, a servant who takes care of Malini, the princess who refused to sacrifice herself. The story revolves around Malini. This is the main story line and without revealing much, I would ask you to read the book.
It took me a couple of days to completely get into the novel but once I did, I ended up loving this book. The author crafted amazing characters and especially the relationship between Mlaina and Priya. I felt that the relationship was so realistic and I could totally connect with them. I do not read fantasy genre but when I read the blurb I felt that the story line is way too intriguing and that I would definitely love the book. I ended up loving this book very much and I recommend it to each and every reader.
I felt that it was more of a character driven novel rather than plot driven. I am definitely looking forward to reading more books by this author because I loved every single thing about this book.
Trigger Warning: violence, murder, immolation (women burned on pyres), death of loved ones, elephants are used to execute people, arson, colorism, self-sacrifice, sexism.