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The Oleander Sword (Hardcover Library Edition) (The Burning Kingdoms, 2) Library Binding – Picture Book, August 16, 2022
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"Alluring, action-packed, and gut-wrenching," (Publishers Weekly, starred review), The Oleander Sword continues Tasha Suri's acclaimed Burning Kingdoms trilogy, in which a powerful priestess and a vengeful princess will change the fate of an empire.
The prophecy of the nameless god—the words that declared Malini the rightful empress of Parijatdvipa—has proven a blessing and curse. She is determined to claim the throne that fate offered her. But even with rage in her heart and the army of loyal men by her side, deposing her brother is going to be a brutal and bloody fight.
The power of the deathless waters flows through Priya’s blood. Now a thrice born priestess and an Elder of Ahiranya, she dreams of seeing her country rid of the rot that plagues it: both Parijatdvipa's poisonous rule, and the blooming sickness that is spreading through all living things. But she doesn’t yet understand the truth of the magic she carries.
Their chosen paths once pulled them apart. But Malini and Priya's souls remain as entwined as their destinies. And saving their kingdom from those who would rather see it burn will come at a terrible price.
Praise for the Burning Kingdoms trilogy:
"Will undoubtedly reshape the landscape of epic fantasy for years to come."—Booklist (starred review)
"Lush and stunning...this sapphic fantasy will rip your heart out." —BuzzFeed News
"Raises the bar for what epic fantasy should be.” —Chloe Gong, author of These Violent Delights
"This cutthroat and sapphic novel will grip you until the very end." —Vulture (Best of the Year)
"It left me breathless." —Andrea Stewart, author of The Bone Shard Daughter
"I loved it." —Alix E. Harrow, Hugo award-winning author of The Once and Future Witches
"Suri's incandescent feminist masterpiece hits like a steel fist inside a velvet glove." —Shelley Parker-Chan, author of She Who Became the Sun
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"This complex, sprawling story is filled with lush worldbuilding, politics versus personal feelings, and familial love and betrayal...An epic tale of love: for family, for power, for country."―Library Journal (starred review) on The Oleander Sword
"The Jasmine Throne is an intimate, complex, magical study of empire and the people caught in its bloody teeth. It’s about resistance and power, histories both personal and political, and the heroes who must become monsters to survive. I loved it."―Alix E. Harrow, author of The Ten Thousand Doors of January, on The Jasmine Throne
“Tasha Suri writes the female characters I didn’t realize I was aching to see in fantasy, to devastating effect. The Jasmine Throne is a fiercely and unapologetically feminist tale of endurance and revolution set against a gorgeous, unique magical world."
―S. A. Chakraborty, author of The City of Brass, on The Jasmine Throne
"Like the magic in this tale of reclaiming power, The Jasmine Throne will work its way under your skin with Suri’s compelling characters and gorgeous, effortless prose.”―Sam Hawke, author of City of Lies, on The Jasmine Throne
"Lush and stunning... Inspired by Indian epics, this sapphic fantasy will rip your heart out."―BuzzFeed News on The Jasmine Throne
"Suri’s incandescent feminist masterpiece hits like a steel fist inside a velvet glove. Blisteringly furious and astonishingly tender by turns, its women take on the patriarchal empire with every weapon at their disposal. Simply magnificent."―Shelley Parker-Chan, author of She Who Became the Sun, on The Jasmine Throne
"The Jasmine Throne pulls you under, sweeping you away on a current of gorgeous prose and intricately imagined magic and politics. Filled with sharply-drawn characters who ache with longing: for peace, for war, for one another. It left me breathless."―Andrea Stewart, author of The Bone Shard Daughter, on The Jasmine Throne
"The Jasmine Throne raises the bar for what epic fantasy should be. Tasha Suri has created a beautiful, ferocious world alongside an intimate study of the characters who will burn it all down."―Chloe Gong, author of These Violent Delights, on The Jasmine Throne
“A masterpiece. Suri continues to storm the realm of epic fantasy. The Jasmine Throne is the powerful, female-centric series I've hungered for—with deftly-woven prose and a pair of glorious women destined to wreck your heart.”―Heather Walter, author of Malice, on The Jasmine Throne
About the Author
Tasha Suri was born in London to Punjabi parents. She studied English and creative writing at Warwick University and is now a cat-owning librarian in London. A love of period Bollywood films, history, and mythology led her to write South Asian–influenced fantasy.
- Publisher : Orbit (August 16, 2022)
- Language : English
- Library Binding : 512 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0316472662
- ISBN-13 : 978-0316472661
- Item Weight : 1.65 pounds
- Dimensions : 6.45 x 1.85 x 9.65 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #97,824 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Oleander Sword is yet another triumph. Sinking back into this multiple POV with my favorite characters has been an utter joy. Considering the immense consequences and earth shaking changes after the first, The Oleander Sword is almost constant action. Embroiled in war, Malini and Priya have to realize the costs of dreams and new sacrifices for our ambition - and love. I loved watching these characters grow and evolve and make some difficult choices.
At the same time, being back with other side characters - won't name names for you, read the book! - gives The Oleander Sword a sense of scale and danger. To know that battles are never simply won and the end of the story isn't in sight yet. In the beginning, I loved how they communicate via letters - cue the yearning - but to be honest, The Oleander Sword has some scary developments. Suri is really putting our hearts through the emotional wringer.
Suri’s follow-up to THE JASMINE THRONE is a magnificently crafted continuation that follows several interwoven storylines that were given root in the first book and are carefully developed as we march on towards what I anticipate to be an explosive and heart-wrenching finale.
JASMINE was a phenomenal book, but, somehow, OLEANDER was markedly better. In JASMINE, Priya was a lot more in focus and other characters and their storylines were noticeably less developed. OLEANDER course corrects and there’s a much more even distribution of the main POV characters. Malini in particular is much more solid as a character—although I do acknowledge she did spend most of book 1 poisoned and definitely not at even remotely close to her full strength. Bhumika’s story is also more brought to attention and the foreshadowed conflicts from book 1 really come into play.
In addition to the main POV characters, there are some one-off character POV chapters as in JASMINE, however, these I found to better serve the narrative as they didn’t feel or fall into the almost gimmicky nature I found in JASMINE. Some were still a bit redundant but for the most part I enjoyed when they added insight and intrigue to where Priya, Malini, Bhumika, and Rao’s threads intersected or brushed against one another.
Suri does a great job of developing the immediate conflict as well as the insidious greater danger that lurks and grows in the undergrowth. She also gave us a great look at the world, the various cultures and how they differ, where they intersect. The South Asian influences are naturally woven in with ease and prominent.
I really loved the relationships that developed more as well. I wasn’t entirely convinced by Malini and Priya in JASMINE, but OLEANDER really expounded on their chemistry—the tenderness, the tension, and of course the angst. I also loved Priya and Sima’s friendship. I really enjoyed Sima’s development as a supporting side character and navigating the sudden change of Ahranya cutting themselves free of Parijatdvipan rule and on the edge of a war. Bhumika, unfortunately, I don’t really care for, but I did enjoy where her storyline goes. And Rao, I was super into his character and storyline in JASMINE, and he’s definitely still one of my favorites with his complicated relationship with Aditya, with Malini, with the nameless, and his struggles with his path.
BURNING KINGDOMS is epic fantasy at its finest, and I can’t wait to see how this trilogy will conclude.
*thank you netgalley and the publisher for a review copy
It continues the cycle of trust, betrayal, and sacrifice with twists that left me sobbing.
Thank you to NetGalley and Orbit for the chance to read an ARC. I am so excited to hold my physical copy later this week!!