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Hunted by the Sky (The Wrath of Ambar, 1) (edição: 2020)

de Tanaz Bhathena (Autor)

Séries: The Wrath of Ambar (1)

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Título:Hunted by the Sky (The Wrath of Ambar, 1)
Autores:Tanaz Bhathena (Autor)
Informação:Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) (2020), 384 pages
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Exibindo 3 de 3
Definitely a 4.5.

I was initially pretty disappointed when I got rejected for the ARC, but I guess that ended up being a good thing because I had one less book to feel guilty about for missing the release date. And then I was pretty excited to get to it because all my friends loved it so much and now I know exactly why.

This book is so fast paced that it starts with a bang and doesn’t let up. The plot does have some quieter and somber moments where the characters get to show their softer or vulnerable sides, but otherwise this story is relentless and we as readers are on our toes for most of it, wondering eagerly what’s gonna happen next. The prose is easy to follow, just how I like it and I got through it in just a few hours.

And coming to the desi elements, this world was so steeped in them that I was completely lost and absolutely gleeful about it. The medieval India based kingdoms, their customs and traditions, the gods and goddesses bearing so much similarity to Hindu mythology, the delightfully described food and clothes and setting - it was all utterly perfect. But ultimately what really made me emotional was the abundant use of mostly Hindi language vocabulary - sometimes explained, sometimes not - and I just loved the author for doing that.

Gul and Cavas are such amazing characters to follow. Gul is defined by what happened to her parents and wants revenge, prophecy or not; on the other hand, Cavas is shaped by the prejudices of this world which keep his father ill and himself unable to do anything but survive despite being capable of so much more. They can feel like impulsive teenagers at times, but we also understand where they are coming from and root for them every step of the way. And right from their first meeting, their destinies feel connected and I think the author captured that push and pull between them very effectively. The story is also about them coming to think beyond themselves and concentrate on the big picture, and take actions for the sake of the greater good.

There are many other side characters here and I really enjoyed every one of them. Whether it’s Juhi with her strategic mind and motherly concern, Amira with her sharp tongue, Kali with her soft strength, Xerxes with his secrets, Amar with his mysterious actions in the shadows, Malti with her delightful disposition or ultimately Shayla with her pointed cruelty - every single character leaves a mark on us and I can’t wait to see what happens to each of them further in the story.

In the end, this was an action packed YA fantasy based on a medieval India filled with gods and magic, with a chosen one trope executed very well, an excellent ensemble of characters, and a story that wraps up nicely while leaving enough breadcrumbs that we crave for the sequel. If you are an ownvoices desi reader and haven’t read this yet, I promise you are missing out. ( )
  ksahitya1987 | Aug 20, 2021 |
Contains spoilers!!!

A girl, Gul,born with a star birthmark on her arm is destined to be the saviour of a group of people, though she doubts her self. Her magic, which includes being able to talk to animals, does not seem very strong to her.
She meets a stablehand, Cavas, who does not know who he is at the time of their first meeting, but it is important that the two of them stay together. ( )
  JRlibrary | Mar 28, 2021 |
Literary Merit: Good
Characterization: Good
Recommend: Yes
Level: High School

This fantasy is inspired by medieval India and is full of complex systems of magic, prophecy, warriors, and fated romance. The story takes a lot of the YA troupes I enjoy and puts them together in a beautiful setting in new ways. While this book did also have a lot of first book in a series problems (lots of world building makes for a slower pace with all the action at the end), I enjoyed finding out about the magic systems and getting to know our main characters, told in their alternative dual POVS. Gul watched her parents' murder as they tried to protect her from the king who executes all born with the star birthmark after a prophecy foretells one with that mark will be his downfall. She is adopted and trained as a warrior my fierce women working against his oppressive rule. But when she comes of age, she defies their caution and sneaks into the palace with the help of a boy she just met to try to assassinate the king. Cavas reluctantly helps Gul and the two are soon bound together as they try to keep their secrets while fighting for justice. Gul can "whisper" to animals but also has uncontrollable death magic that explodes when she loses control of her emotions. Cavas doesn't think he is a magi but find he can speak to beings that are like ghosts back from the dead. The magic system has a lot of layers and I think this book just gives us an introduction of what it can do. I found it hard to follow at points, but appreciated how it was so inspired by the religions and mythology from this region. The setting was detailed vividly and it was a welcome change from the European medieval settings you see too often in fantasy. I look forward to reading more in this setting as these characters are given a chance to do more in following books. ( )
  SWONroyal | Jun 29, 2020 |
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