Book Highlight: The Jasmine Throne by Tasha Suri

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The Jasmine Throne by Tasha Suri

Title: The Jasmine Throne (The Burning kingdoms #1)

Author: Tasha Suri

Publisher: Orbit

Publication Date: June 8, 2021

Genre: Fantasy

Exiled by her despotic brother, princess Malini spends her days dreaming of vengeance while imprisoned in the Hirana: an ancient cliffside temple that was once the revered source of the magical deathless waters but is now little more than a decaying ruin.
 
The secrets of the Hirana call to Priya. But in order to keep the truth of her past safely hidden, she works as a servant in the loathed regent’s household and cleaning Malini’s chambers.
 
When Malini witnesses Priya’s true nature, their destinies become irrevocably tangled. One is a ruthless princess seeking to steal a throne. The other a powerful priestess desperate to save her family. Together, they will set an empire ablaze.


Why This Book

The Jasmine Throne is the start to an Indian-inspired trilogy, where a priestess and a princess fall in love amidst all the thorns their respective empires pierce them with and their own ambitions and beliefs. Priya keeps her magic hidden as she works as a servant in the palace, but that changes when Malini is sent to the Hirana, where she will stay until she dies, as she failed to do as her brother the Emperor commanded and climb the pyre to her death. These two women endured so much during this book. They pricked and prodded at each other and the people around them, willing to draw blood. But they’re both incredible and courageous women who will do what they must. As a matter of fact the book opens with a scene of immense bravery: Malini refusing to sacrifice herself on a pyre, thus letting the story unravel to feature two women who will continually cut each other and everyone else no matter how much they love each other as one seeks to gain a throne and the other seeks to rid her home of a terrible rot.


Reviews

My review: “Priya and Malini were something of a counterpoint to each other. Where Priya has a soft heart and cares deeply about service and loyalty, Malini has vengeance in her soul and plays her role to perfection. I loved that they were wary of each other, that they struggled to open up and be vulnerable to each other. It created a delightful push and pull between them that heightened their characterizations”

Dear Author gave this a rating of A-/A, saying “Priya is a magnificent character. She looks homely and rough, but she is softhearted at her core. This doesn’t mean her strength of purpose is missing, just that it’s directed at exploring her past and helping others. Malini, in contrast, may be outwardly beautiful, fragile and tender, but her center is calculating, cunning, pragmatically cold, and she’s bent on avenging Alori and Narina”

Before We Go Blog said “Priya was my favorite. All sharp edges, she was once a child of the Hirana. She escaped the fire that killed her brothers and sisters, but not unchanged. Her early experiences molded her into someone tough yet vulnerable. She carries a strength and fierceness in her that will carry her through rebellions and give her the strength to blaze her own way. She is also a rebel, in her own way, although her end goal is far different. I expected her to be cold or unfeeling simply because of her past, but she showed a strong sense of loyalty and compassion”

A Refuge From Life gave this an 8 out of 10, saying “Though some of the bit characters (other, less involved POVs) are immediately forgettable, the main characters (Priya, Malini, Ashok, and Bhumika) make up for them easily enough. And since these control around three-quarters of the book… let’s just say they more than make up for it. In classic fantasy form, it takes its time setting the scene, introducing its world—not to mention the characters therein—before getting down to the plot, the romance, and the world at large. And to be fair, this works quite well”

Regal Reads gave this 4 stars, saying “I find Priya to be a unique protagonist. Typically, you would expect a strong female protagonist, someone who is brave, reckless, and takes on the burden of saving the world. Priya is strong, but in a different way—she is soft and nurturing but determined and stubborn at the same time. Although Priya isn’t reckless, she is not passive and takes her own unique paths to get where she needs to go”

Primmlife gave this an 8 out of 10, saying “Malina, on the other hand, was consistent throughout the whole book. She knows what she wants, and she plays the hand that’s dealt her. Malina possessed the ability to see things as they are. It would be easy for a person in her situation to wish or hope or pray for better. But, often, wishing for better is a way of not dealing with reality. She does none of these because she is clear eyed about her reality. She knows what’s going on, and rather than hoping for better, she adjusts and works to improve her situation in any way she can”


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2 thoughts on “Book Highlight: The Jasmine Throne by Tasha Suri

    1. I don’t think I’ve seen anything negative, either. It’s a gorgeous book, and the second one is just as beautiful. I definitely encourage everyone to pick it up!

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