Sunday, December 17, 2023

#BookReview: Night of the Raven, Dawn of the Dove by @Rati_Mehrotra @WednesdayBooks

Synopsis: To learn what she can become, she must first discover who she is.

Katyani’s role in the kingdom of Chandela has always been clear: becoming an advisor and protector of the crown prince, Ayan, when he ascends to the throne. Bound to the Queen of Chandela through a forbidden soul bond that saved her when she was a child, Katyani has grown up in the royal family and become the best guardswoman the Garuda has ever seen. But when a series of assassination attempts threatens the royals, Katyani is shipped off to the gurukul of the famous Acharya Mahavir as an escort to Ayan and his cousin, Bhairav, to protect them as they hone the skills needed to be the next leaders of the kingdom. Nothing could annoy Katyani more than being stuck in a monastic school in the middle of a forest, except her run-ins with Daksh, the Acharya’s son, who can’t stop going on about the rules and whose gaze makes her feel like he can see into her soul.

But when Katyani and the princes are hurriedly summoned back to Chandela before their training is complete, tragedy strikes and Katyani is torn from the only life she has ever known. Alone and betrayed in a land infested by monsters, Katyani must find answers from her past to save all she loves and forge her own destiny. Bonds can be broken, but debts must be repaid.


Rating: 5 Stars
My Review: Humor, romance, and wow!! Like I don't even know what else to tell you other than that.  This one of the best books I have ever read in my LIFE!! READ IT~~ 

About the Author

Born and raised in India, Rati Mehrotra now lives and writes in Toronto, Canada. She is the author of the Asiana duology: Markswoman and its sequel Mahimata. Her short fiction has been shortlisted for The Sunburst Award and has appeared in multiple venues including The Magazine of Fantasy & Science FictionLightspeed MagazineApex Magazine, and Podcastle. She loves to cook; when not writing, she is often to be found in the kitchen, experimenting with new recipes.  --This text refers to the hardcover edition.


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"Mehrotra smoothly incorporates worldbuilding into the atmospheric narrative, highlighting themes of family and justice with a timeless blend of adventure, mystery, and romance. A satisfying stand-alone with classic appeal." - 

“A dazzling and intricately woven story that bites as fiercely as it dazzles. From its complex cast to its decadent world building, I couldn’t put this book down.” - Adalyn Grace, 
New York Times bestselling author of All the Stars and Teeth

"A sweeping adventure set in a lush world, full of political intrigue and relationships found and lost. I loved it!" - Lauren Blackwood, 
New York Times bestselling author of Within These Wicked Walls

Night of the Raven, Dawn of the Dove is the high fantasy novel I’ve been hungering for. An exciting, richly drawn world grounded in ancient Indian lore and tradition? Multifaceted monsters both human and otherwise? A sword-wielding heroine who must discard everyone else’s stories in order to find her own? Um, yes, please! Read this book." ―Shveta Thakrar, author of the Andre Norton Nebula Award finalist Star Daughter

"Vividly imagined, lushly written, and bursting with memorable characters led by the stellar Katyani, Night of the Raven, Dawn of the Dove is an essential addition to the India-inspired fantasy library." - Samit Basu, writer of the Netflix film House Arrest and author of The City Inside

Night of the Raven, Dawn of the Dove is a captivating, richly drawn fantasy story, full of twists and turns. It gripped me from the opening pages and never let go with a fantastic mix of palace intrigue, unique magic, action, and romance. It's everything I'm looking for in a fantasy novel." - L. Penelope, author of Song of Blood & Stone

“Rati Mehrotra’s 
Night of the Raven, Dawn of the Dove pulls you into an enthralling and perilous world on page one and doesn’t let you go until the very end. Captained by an unapologetically fierce heroine and sharp, page-turning dialogue, this tale about faith in one’s family and oneself is a must-read.” - Kylie Lee Baker, author of The Keeper of Night

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