Tuesday, August 29, 2017

The Library of Fates by Aditi Khorana - OPTIONAL

Khorana, Aditi The Library of Fates, 314 pages. Razorbill 2017. Language: G Mature Content: PG-13 (kissing and heavy petting) Violence: PG-13 (Murder, Slavery etc) 

Princess Amrita is promised to be wed to Emperor Skiander on the eve of a majestic festival. Despite her misgivings, she longs to help her father and unite their two kingdoms, when tragedy strikes and Emperor Skiander shows his true colors and slaughters her whole family. Stricken with grief, Amrita runs from her kingdom in fear for her life, but knows that somehow she must take it back.  

This book manages to take an interesting premise, rich mythology and a great character arc and do absolutely nothing of value with it. To say this novel was bland and unoriginal would be an understatement. The character relationships are as thin as paper, especially the romance. Hidden depths in terms of politics, world building, or character development are non-existent. If you want complexity you must imagine it for yourself, or else find a different novel. It is mostly clean, and appropriate for ages fourteen and up, but I would not recommend it as it does nothing to challenge the reader’s mind or touch their heart. 


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