Published July 18th 2017 by Razorbill
Format read: ARC via publisher
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The unthinkable happens, 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 of a palace under siege. With nothing and no one else to turn to, Amrita and Thala are forced to rely on each other. 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?
That’s pretty much how I feel about Aditi Khorana’s latest, The Library of Fates. Khorana introduces us to a beautiful, fantastic world based on Indian folklore, where sixteen-year-old Princess Amrita of Shalingar, is forced to flee after an unexpected coup. She goes on the run with an oracle named Thala, as she endeavors to save her people and find her fate.
The Library of Fates is one of those books where even a review can give too much away detail for what is a truly breathtaking tale, so I’ll try and be as vague as possible. But this is very much a tale of courage and sacrifice, with Amrita’s journey leaving me with goosebumps by the time I finally closed the book. The story begins as a story about Amrita trying to reclaim her destiny, to a tale about her actually understanding and owning her destiny, even at a person cost to herself. It’s the type of heroism that makes a true hero, and Khorana writes Amirta’s journey in a way where you have no doubt in understanding what she chooses to do, and why. It’s as satisfying a character arc as I’ve ever read, and you also can’t help but admire Khorana for having her protagonist walk that particular path.
Khorana also does a nice job of incorporating elements of Indian history into the book; it’s rich, respectful and made me personally curious regarding the cultural elements and inspirations that she drew upon.
All in all, this is the type of book you want on your shelf. Highly recommend, full stop.
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About the author:
Aditi Khorana spent part of her childhood in India, Denmark, and New England. She has a BA in international relations from Brown University and an MA in global media and communications from the Annenberg School for Communication. She has worked as a journalist at ABC News, CNN, and PBS, and most recently as a marketing executive consulting for various Hollywood studios including Fox, Paramount, and Sony. She is also the author of Mirror in the Sky. She lives in Los Angeles and spends her free time reading, hiking, and exploring LA’s eclectic and wonderful architecture. For more information, visit aditikhorana.com.