The Tiger at Midnight

The Tiger at Midnight[Read] ➵ The Tiger at Midnight By Swati Teerdhala – Jobs-in-kingston.co.uk A broken bond A dying land A cat and mouse game that can only end in bloodshedEsha is a legend but no one knows It’s only in the shadows that she moonlights as the Viper the rebels’ highly skilled A broken bond A dying land A cat and mouse game that can only end in bloodshedEsha is a legend but no one knows It’s only in the shadows that she moonlights as the Viper the rebels’ highly skilled assassin She’s devoted her life to avenging what she lost in the royal coup and now she’s been tasked with her most important mission to date taking down the ruthless General HothaKunal has been a soldier since childhood training morning and night to uphold The Tiger PDF or the power of King Vardaan His uncle the general has ensured that Kunal never strays from the path—even as a part of Kunal longs to join the outside world which has been growing only volatileThen Esha’s and Kunal’s paths cross—and an unimaginable chain of events unfolds Both the Viper and the soldier think they’re calling the shots but they’re not the only players moving the pieces As the bonds that hold their land in order break down and the sins of the past meet the promise of a new future both rebel and soldier must make unforgivable choicesDrawing inspiration from ancient Indian history and Hindu mythology the first book in Swati Teerdhala's debut fantasy trilogy captivates with electric romance stunning action and the fierce bonds that hold people together—and drive them apart. This book was ok Nothing Nothing less It was just ok That was the problemI spent the entire time reading just wishing to fully dive into the story and not being able to This isn't a bad book There is nothing blatantly wrong with the novel My issue isn't even a specific issue but rather a collection of small things that kept accumulating and rubbing me the wrong waySomething that didn't allow me to fully dive into the story was that the book lacked atmosphere It wasn't for lack of imagination in setting or lore but because this supposedly magical book suffers from underwhelmingly mundane writing where things are told and never showed and everything is exactly as it seems That and there were several moments where certain phrasing of words made me pause thus pulling me out of the storyThen there was the pacing It felt off It would pick up and slow down at strange times and I think it might have been because of the romance Just when you think the tension is rising the MC's start making heart eyes at each other Also some scenes felt repetitive like we got the same information told to us over and over and told in the exact same way each timeI've seen a lot of people praise these characters and I was really hoping to join the club but alas the characters fell flat for me I don't know why but I just couldn't connect with them Maybe it was because the premise made it sound like they would be some total badasses and they really weren'tEsha is described as dangerous she's an assassin a rebel a spy the Viper that everyone fears I usually have a hard time believing it when a teenager is the world's greatest most feared anything in YA but I especially don't buy it when we don't see said teenager do anything to confirm their reputationKunal too felt underwhelming I wanted from him and I didn't get it He has a cool back story he's been a soldier his whole life his uncle trained him to be deadly to kill You'd think this would have an effect on how he views the world or in his actions but no Not reallyI think I just wanted darker grittier dangerous characters Characters like the synopsis promised and didn't deliverAll the hating aside I think this had a good premise and an interesting beginning It's a book that had the potential to be amazing but alas it wasn't It was all pretty underwhelming if I'm honestBut maybe I'm just being picky and meanOverall I didn't love this book Not even close It's not the worst book I've read this year that would be The Perfect Date by Evelyn Lozada but it's also nowhere near the best This book was just ok and life is too short to read books that are  'just ok'I'm not sure if I recommend it and I doubt I'll continue the seriesBut here's a gif of a tiger to brighten the mood I received an ARC of this book in July of 2018 I started reading this book on April 16 2019 a week before it was released Talk about procrastination ARC provided by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review all opinions are my ownFollow Me Here Too My Blog || Twitter || Bloglovin' || Instagram || Tumblr || Pinterest Sooo I'm a little biased here because Swati is actually my writing mentor and a lovely person but I REALLY loved this book and I would have loved it just as much even if I didn't know her personally If you know anything about me you know I'm a huge fan of the cat and mouse trope and heated banter Like please give me all the heated banter forever and ever amen So with that said my heart was so giddy over Kunal and Esha They are my children now and I love them and ship them endlesslyBut the best part banterheat aside was the seriously incredible world building First of all the Indian mythology was SO COOL and the foundation upon which the two warring nations are built I've never read anything uite like it but I love how the legends weren't just myths but had the power to disrupt life at its core On top of that we have a super rich history that depicts the relationship between Kunal's lands and Esha's and it only grows complex as the story plays on I love how nothing is black and white and complications arise from all ends What really made the story fun was that we go on a journey through both character's eyes traveling through towns and jungles and cities and palaces You won't be sitting stillThe story starts as Kunal a soldier sees a mysterious girl lurking around his fort He approaches her and she pretends that she's merely lost her way The two strike up a conversation harmless by the looks of it and he helps her return to where she claimed she wanted to be The next morning Kunal wakes to find his uncle the general dead in his bed with the Viper an unknown assassin of sorts's weapon left in the room The next thing he knows he's sent on a mission to find the Viper If he catches them he'll be promoted and can make a real change for his countryIt doesn't take him long to put the pieces together that the Viper is in fact the girl from the fort I really don't want to spoil than that but be prepared for a whirlwind ride through emerald forests and colorful towns as the chase begins and soon both Esha and Kunal are uestioning everything they know and everyone they trustMy Blog Instagram Twitter The Tiger At Midnight was alright The writing is in that weird territory between good and hmmm Some admittedly beautiful descriptions but there are a few nonsensically bewildering and off putting turns of phrase too like what is bitten by berry kisses meant to mean?But those are small things right?While the writing isn't bad altogether a couple of aspects could should have been better It's the small things all throughout—the uninspired pedestrian phrasing and there being not enough detail and the telling gah—that conspire to incapacitate the writing draining the oomph from the plot The author lays out all too plainly what's happening and it gives the writing a glossed over feel And because of it what should be tense scenes become or less a dull muddled blur of print on paperSo yeah And I kinda feel like a jerk for being so finicky about the writing but I'm trying to justify my rating here But hey it's my two cents lose them in the couch if you want note arc generously provided by swati teerdhala and the publisher katherine tegen books for an honest review Plot 35 Characters 35 Writing 45The Tiger at Midnight was one of my most anticipated debuts of 2019 however it sadly fell a bit flat for me It was just so average I felt like I had read it all beforeLet's start with the positives The world building was excellently done and I loved finding out about the different places The imagery of sprawling rainforests contrasted with bustling cities was a delight to the sensesThe book was about two warring countries called Jansa and Dharka Esha was an infamous Dharkan rebel assassin who went by the name 'The Viper' and was tasked with killing a Jansan army commander Kunal was a Jansan soldier tasked with capturing The ViperI felt like I was trapped in a time loop for most of the book because it was so repetitive and consisted of the same events happening again and again with slight variations There were three stages1 Kunal finds Esha who he knew was The Viper and was supposed to capture2 Instead of capturing her he has a nice little chat with her while he admires her gorgeous hair and chestnut eyes and she marvels at his beautiful eyes and his extraordinary kindness3 Esha escapes and Kunal lets her have a head start before resuming his pursuit of her once againIt was very frustrating because they both had responsibilities and tasks they had to accomplish but instead they were running around in circles all over Jansa whilst making heart eyes at each other Don't get me wrong they made a very adorable pair but I just wished there was variety in their storyAlso Esha was supposedly a ruthless assassin but she doesn't really kill anyone or do anything particularly ruthless that would have earned her the level of notoriety she supposedly had Her character wasn't very believable The plot did become a bit interesting near the end but the problem was I found all of the plot twists so underwhelming that the effect was lost on meNevertheless I feel like the way this book ended means that the next book has the potential to be really good I want to read the next book in the series and hopefully I will enjoy it Thank you to Katherine Tegen Books and Swati Teerdhala for providing me with a digital arc of this book via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review All opinions expressed are my own This review and can be found at Sereadipity I think me and ya fantasy may need to part ways soonThis followed every stereotypical plot line nuance and fulfilled every trope to perfectionNothing excited me interested me or surprised me in this bookSome of the writing regarding the world building was enjoyable but the characters were mostly insufferable due to their cookie cutter personasI’ve read the same book in a different setting repeatedly in the last few years Now I’m bored of it To put into perspectiveI started this book around 1 am I finished at 6 am and am up writing this review full one to come closer to publication because I just cannot stop gushing about it Definitely add this one to your TBR's fantasy lovers The Tiger at Midnight immediately caught my attention with its gorgeous cover Before I knew it the writing sucked me in and after I got to meet the characters I was thoroughly ensnared in its pages This Indian inspired fantasy is full of deceit secrets and a game of chase between two morally gray characters It’s enthralling from beginning to finish and I don’t uite remember when a debut fantasy ensnared me the way this book did Readers follow the main characters Esha and Kunal two vastly different people from vastly different standings as they move forward in a fast paced plot where the lands aren’t safe and the kingdom needs balance Who will get there first? And what will it take to do so? “Never greet a tiger at midnight for they are the manifestations of your past misdeeds” weeeeOOOWWWW i'm so glad I have this on preorder and it's coming on Tuesday because that was amazing??? 1 actually good romantic tension gimme gimme2 lush worlds so much3 if you've seen pictures of the hardcover it's got this GORGEOUS super shiny gold spine that makes me swoooooon grabby hands Absolutely loved this This was a total sleeper hit for me I had interviewed the author earlier in 2019 and was super excited about reading her book but never got the chance to until now This was the ancient IndiaHindu mythology inspired soldier vs rebel cat and mouse fantasy that I never knew I needed Loved the main characters Esha and Kunal both as characters and as a ship Although I wish we could have spent time with other characters and the scope of the world as a whole I do feel like there's a TON of potential for the future books so I cannot wait to read those Overall this was a wonderful first novel read of the year and I'm so happy I finally picked this up Coming in at almost five hundred pages in my physical ARC I thought this would be a book I'd have to chip away at for a day or two But THE TIGER AT MIDNIGHT was such an easy read and I devoured it in only a few hours That said I'm not entirely sure this is a fantasy that's going to stick with me Also arg another trilogy I'm going to have to keep track of amongst all the other things I read #bookishproblemsAnyway I was drawn to this story because of the diversity and wanting lush magical reads in my life ideally in a standalone format but whateverrrrr and this is all that and We have a female assassin working towards saving her people through whatever means necessary and a young man on the opposing side who has been raised to believe something he discovers might not be true There's an ailing kingdom betrayal romance a cat and mouse chase reunited friends and plots upon plots There's a lot to love here particularly as the characters themselves are complex and both undergo some growth by the end of this first instalmentBut I feel like I only skimmed along the surface of this never really able to sink into it while pages flipped by at a uick rate and I'm not sure I'll remember anything about this in a month Much less a year So I don't know I enjoyed it but That's pretty much a good tagline of this one25ish ? stars I received an ARC from the publisher thank you in exchange for an honest review A deliciously twisty cat and mouse story that had me racing through the pages I love stories that challenge their protagonists' beliefs and both Esha and Kunal face complex heart breaking decisions in their journey to discover both themselves and each other

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  • Hardcover
  • 487 pages
  • The Tiger at Midnight
  • Swati Teerdhala
  • English
  • 07 January 2016
  • 9780062869210