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Night of the Raven, Dawn of the Dove (edition 2022)
by Rati Mehrotra (Author)
Night of the Raven, Dawn of the Dove by Rati Mehrotra
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Night of the Raven, Dawn of the Dove by Rati Mehrotra is another novel that surprised me. I wasn’t certain what to expect but quickly found myself drawn into its lush descriptions and an intriguing mystery involving royalty and monsters. Katyani has quite an exciting past and present, and I adore her fierceness. She is a woman who knows her worth and will not let anyone or anything tell her she’s wrong. As the story unfolds, we learn the depths to which people will go to obtain or maintain power, which is ugly. Katyani’s world implodes, and we can only watch and wait to see how she handles it and what happens next.
Night of the Raven, Dawn of the Dove is the type of novel that draws you in so entirely that you lose track of time. The setting is almost magical in its luxury while being exotic at the same time. The characters are intense, while the magic feels almost subtle but is anything but that. I thoroughly enjoyed my time with Katyani and would love to explore more of her world. This is another stand-alone, but in this instance, I would love it if Ms. Mahrotra would set another novel in this world of hers because I want more.
Night of the Raven, Dawn of the Dove is a wonderfully crafted story. Anyone who loves upper-YA Fantasy with political intrigue should give it a go. It's fast-paced, brimming with action, and has an enemies-to-lovers subplot that any romance fan will enjoy!
Katyani is a fantastic FMC...she's strong and independent. She goes through a lot in this book and still doesn't waver. I absolutely adored her.
There are a lot of characters to keep track of and I would've liked a little more depth to some...they weren't as fleshed out as they could be and I felt like their actions weren't super clear, but perhaps that'll change if there's another book (I would love another book ;)).
It was actually difficult to give this book only four stars as I enjoyed it so, so much, but the pacing was a bit too quick. The plot moves very fast and I think that ended up hurting the story. I would've preferred to linger a bit before moving onto the next scene. This book could've easily been longer.
All in all, a wonderful book and I genuinely hope there is more written!
Thank you Wednesday Books for the ARC to read and honestly review!
I received an advance copy from NetGalley.
I loved Rati Mehrota's previous books, and I loved her YA fantasy debut! I read almost the entire book in one day. It zoomed by. This book has it all: a fantasy setting based on India loaded with magic, gods, and monsters; a sassy protagonist in Katyani, a trained body guard who can't hold back her tongue; betrayals galore along with court intrigues; a sweet, nicely-escalating romance that never goes anywhere graphic but is good, flirtatious fun. This is the kind of book where you THINK early on that you know how the plot will go, but wow, it twisted and turned and surprised me all the way through.
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 But when a series of assassination attempts threatens the royals, Katyani is sent to the gurukul of the famous Acharya Mahavir to protect the future heirs of Chandela. 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 discover who she is so she can save what she loves and forge her own destiny. Bonds can be broken, but debts must be repaid.
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Melvil Decimal System (DDC)813.6 — Literature English (North America) American fiction 21st Century
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A big pile of gratitude to Wednesday Books for the free advance copy, and I trust they will be putting a map in the final published version. ( )