Hi everyone! Today on the blog we have my stop for the “Hunted by the Sky” blog tour! I have so much to share with you all for this post: some of my favorite quotes, a playlist I created while reading this incredible novel set in a medieval India inspired fantasy world, a tour-wide giveaway, of course my review, and so much more! Happy reading!
Title: Hunted by the Sky
Series: The Wrath of Ambar, #1
Author: Tanaz Bhathena
Publisher: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux
Pub. Date: June 23, 2020
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Gul has spent her life running. She has a star-shaped birthmark on her arm, and in the kingdom of Ambar, girls with such birthmarks have been disappearing for years. Gul’s mark is what caused her parents’ murder at the hand of King Lohar’s ruthless soldiers and forced her into hiding to protect her own life. So when a group of rebel women called the Sisters of the Golden Lotus rescue her, take her in, and train her in warrior magic, Gul wants only one thing: revenge.
Cavas lives in the tenements, and he’s just about ready to sign his life over to the king’s army. His father is terminally ill, and Cavas will do anything to save him. But sparks fly when he meets a mysterious girl–Gul–in the capital’s bazaar, and as the chemistry between them undeniably grows, he becomes entangled in a mission of vengeance–and discovers a magic he never expected to find.
Dangerous circumstances have brought Gul and Cavas together at the king’s domain in Ambar Fort . . . a world with secrets deadlier than their own. Exploring identity, class struggles, and high-stakes romance, Hunted by the Sky is a gripping adventure set in a world inspired by medieval India.
I received an ARC from the publisher to participate in this blog tour. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Trigger/Content Warnings: Violence, death, slavery, murder, animal cruelty, language
The previous two books I read before “Hunted by the Sky” was “The Tiger at Midnight” and “The Archer at Dawn”, the first installments in The Tiger at Midnight trilogy by Swati Teerdhala, and it’s put me in the mood to read more fantasy books set in Indian-inspired worlds. So the moment I heard about this book and saw the gorgeous cover I jumped at the chance to read it ASAP, and I did not regret it one bit.
I liked the chemistry between Gul and Cavas! While I wish the story had more romance, I’m looking forward to seeing the relationship between these characters develop more in the sequel. It felt like we’ve only been shown the surface and I am eagerly awaiting to delve deeper and learn more and see where the plot takes them. I admire Gul’s ferocity and determination, and Cavas’s dedication to his father. The secondary characters are also so intriguing in their own right, and I am so curious to learn more about all of them and the different groups.
The world-building was great. This is the first time I’ve read a medieval Indian inspired fantasy story, and one that involves magical and non-magical people, so I was incredibly intrigued and eager to learn more. I enjoyed learning about the magic system – how it worked, the different types, and all its complexities.
There were a few parts that I wished were done better. The pacing was a bit weird and felt unbalanced. It felt that a lot of the fast-paced exciting parts were in the beginning and closer to the end, so there was this weird dragging pace left in the middle. Thankfully what helped me get through the lull was my curiosity to find out more about the plot and world.
Overall, “Hunted by the Sky” was a mesmerizing, exciting, and impressive read with incredible world-building and intriguing characters. A solid first book of a unique high-stakes fantasy that I’m looking forward to delving back into in the next book!
All quotes used are from an Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) and are subject to change in final publication.
I don’t want to forget. Or forgive.
Ma told me that magic always comes at a cost – the more you use it, the more it will take out of you.
“You are destined to live long and burn bright. to end all this. You will not let our sacrifice go in vain.”
“Every heart holds a warrior. Some are born, some are made, while some choose to never take up arms. What you are and who you will become will be entirely up to you.”
“Power comes in many shapes and forms. You keep doubting yourself, Gul. That’s your biggest weakness. When you don’t, you can take down men twice your size.”
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About the Author:
Tanaz Bhathena writes books for young adults. Her sophomore novel, The Beauty of the Moment, won the Nautilus Award for Young Adult Fiction and has also been nominated for the Ontario Library Association’s White Pine Award. Her acclaimed debut, A Girl Like That, was named a Best Book of the Year by numerous outlets including The Globe and Mail, Seventeen, and The Times of India. Her latest book, Hunted by the Sky, (releasing June 23 2020) is the first of a YA fantasy duology set in a world inspired by medieval India. Her short stories have appeared in various publications including The Hindu, Blackbird, Witness, and Room.
Born in India and raised in Saudi Arabia and Canada, Tanaz lives in Mississauga, Ontario, with her family.
SUMMER HUNT PROMOTION:
Orders of a hardcover book will receive limited edition swag and be entered to win a $100 gift card.
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June 23 – July 7
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Thanks so much for joining me today for my stop in the HUNTED BY THE SKY blog tour, hosted by the lovely ladies at The Fantastic Flying Book Club! Follow along as the blog tour continues by checking out the schedule linked above. Also, don’t forget to enter the giveaway and to submit your receipt if you order the book!
Until next time!