Book Review

The Oleander Sword – Tasha Suri

Book Title: The Oleander Sword

Series: The Burning Kingdoms #2

Author:  Tasha Suri

Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/53446712-the-oleander-sword

Release Date:  08/16/22

Star Rating:

Rating: 5 out of 5.

100% meets cover expectations.

The prophecy of the nameless god—the words that declared Malini the rightful empress of Parijatdvipa—has proven a blessing and curse. She is determined to claim the throne that fate offered her. But even with the strength of the rage in her heart and the army of loyal men by her side, deposing her brother is going to be a brutal and bloody fight.

The power of the deathless waters flows through Priya’s blood. Thrice born priestess, Elder of Ahiranya, Priya’s dream is to see her country rid of the rot that plagues it: both Parijatdvipa’s poisonous rule, and the blooming sickness that is slowly spreading through all living things. But she doesn’t yet understand the truth of the magic she carries.

Their chosen paths once pulled them apart. But Malini and Priya’s souls remain as entwined as their destinies. And they soon realize that coming together is the only way to save their kingdom from those who would rather see it burn—even if it will cost them. – Goodreads

The absolute gorgeous-ness of this cover is matched by the luscious writing in this remarkable series. Judge this one by its cover. I did. In fact, that’s why I ended up choosing to request this ARC. I was not disappointed.

This is the second book in the series and I think it is essential that you read the first book, The Jasmine Throne before picking up this one. You’ll be glad you did. Because it’s the second, I want to avoid spoilers so I won’t be going into plot and will be keeping this review short.

The magic system and worldbuilding in this world is unique and wonderfully well written. It is great to see a fantasy book that is not euro-centric. Where this book particularly shines is in the two main female characters. They are both so well fleshed out, with extremely complicated motivations. Malini in particular is fascinating to me, I’m not quite sure if I like her. She has so much drive and ambition, mingled with an (understandably) overwhelming desire for revenge makes for a VERY interesting read. I have a bad feeling about where this is going to lead in the end. I’m not really sure we are heading for a happy ending here, and as a reader that is exhilarating.

I think book 3 is expected sometime next year. It can’t come soon enough for me. I can’t wait to see what comes next for these powerful women.

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