Title: The Library of Fates
Author: Aditi Khorana
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Format: Hardcover, 354 pages
Publishing Information: July 18th 2017 by Razorbill
No one is entirely certain what brings the Emperor Sikander to Shalingar. Until now, the idyllic kingdom has been immune to his many violent conquests. To keep the visit friendly, Princess Amrita has offered herself as his bride, sacrificing everything—family, her childhood love, and her freedom—to save her people. But her offer isn’t enough.
The palace is soon under siege, 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. 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?
I am so excited to be on the blog tour for The Library of Fates, which is a beautiful book based on Indian folklore. In this stop, I briefly review the book (don’t want to give too much away) and say who I would cast for the main characters. Also, don’t forget to enter an amazing giveaway at the end of this post, courtesy of Penguin Teen!
In high school history class, my teacher spent about a month going through the rich history of India and all of its amazing folklore tales and culture. I was super excited to pick up The Library of Fates because since my high school class, I haven’t read too many books that explore India’s amazing culture. I was especially excited to read a fantasy set in such a beautiful land and read about an Indian kingdom. This book was a wonderful read with a great cast of characters.
The Library of Fates follows the story of Amrita, the Princess of Shalinger, who is betrothed Emperor Sikander. Although Amrita does not love Sikander and is instead in love with her childhood friends, she is willing to sacrifice herself for the sake of Shalinger. However, with Sikander arrives, things kind of go crazy and Amrita’s kingdom is placed under siege and she soon finds herself without a home. To save her kingdom, Amrita must go on a journey to solve mysteries and find herself.
I had a ton of fun reading this book, particularly the last third when things truly pick up and the storyline gets more unique from other YA books. I really enjoyed reading about Amrita’s adventure with the oracle, Thala, and the lengths she was willing to go through to save her kingdom. Amrita goes through wonderful character development and learns how to exist without all of the privileges that she grew up with. As she heads towards The Library of Fates, the place that Amrita believes holds the solution to her issue, she goes through many trials but grows after each one.
The Library of book is beautifully written and is set in such a mesmerizing world. I don’t want to say too much about the book but it was amazing to read about such an ancient civilization with an enchanting history. If you’re looking for a fantasy with a heroine that undergoes many positive changes and a rich backdrop, I definitely recommend that you pick up this book.
I was first introduced to Naomi Scott in Power Rangers and then again when she was cast as Jasmine for the Aladdin live action film. She would be perfect as Amrita, especially since they’re both biracial (Amrita is half Indian, half Macedonian and Naomi is half Indian, half Scottish).
Thala is an oracle who can see the future. She is a dreamy nature, so natural, I thought of Evanna Lynch, aka Luna Lovegood.
Although we didn’t get to see much of Arjun in the book, he still has a wonderful relationship with Amrita. I’m obsessed with Riz Ahmed so I would love to see him cast as Arjun.
During their journey, Amrita and Thala meet Varun, who is a devotee of the goddess Maya the Diviner. I feel like Dev Patel could do a great job playing the slightly odd guy who has ties to magic.
Emperor Sikander is supposed to be the evil guy in the book — I feel like Bollywood actor Hrithik Roshan could do a great job of playing the power-hungry ruler.
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.
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Follow the Blog Tour:
July 10 – The Fandom – Meet the Characters
July 11 – The YA Book Traveler – Indian Mythology in The Library of Fates: Guest Post by Indian Blogger, Aditi Nichani
July 12 – YA Wednesdays – Library of Fates Aesthetics
July 13 – YA Book Central – Library of Fates Excerpt
July 14 – Read Sleep Repeat – Author Q&A
July 17 – Bibliophile Gathering – Review
July 18 – Boricuan Bookworms – Author Guest Post
July 19 – Once Upon a Twilight – Review
July 20 – The Reading Nook Reviews – Review & Library of Fates Pendants
July 21 – A Page With A View – Author Q&A
July 24 – Fiction Fare – Author Guest Post
July 25 – Alexa Loves Books – Bookish Style File
July 26 – Chasing Faerytales – Review
July 27 – IceyBooks – Library of Fates Quote Candy
July 28 – Across the Words – Review & Fan Cast