The Tiger at Midnight
The Tiger at Midnight #1
Esha 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 Hotha.
Kunal has been a soldier since childhood, training morning and night to uphold 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 more volatile.
Then 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 choices.
Inspired by ancient Indian history and Hindu mythology.
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Publication Date: April 23rd 2019
‘This is one of those rare moments where had no idea how this review was going to get written. My feelings for this book are too strong??????
Hence why this review??? Is so late???
I mean, the book literally starts with murder and swoon. A cat-and-mouse chase between a rebel assassin and a soldier who just wants better for his country. Indian and Hindu inspired mythology I mean I AM DESTINED TO LOVE THIS. AND I DID.
Chapters are short and things are definitely happening, though I will admit pacing was a bit slow. I wasn’t having an issue getting through the story
I was invested but sometimes things were slow. And that’s okay because I loved this a lot.
Worldbuilding was very vivid. I never had a hard time knowing or imagining where we were. From the lush jungle to the training grounds to the neighboring town, it was easily picturesque in my mind.
But it was the two main characters that truly made this book. Yes, this is a character driven plot, but honestly- I couldn’t not root for them with everything I had in me. The side characters did feel a bit one dimensional despite being told their specific character traits. This was the only time the tell not show approach was implemented.
❥ Kunal – is basically a cinnamon roll who just want’s to be an artist and do the right thing. Would protect with my life.
❥ Esha – murderous Slytherin who is a survival and is being framed for a murder she was planning to do, but someone beat her to it. Is also trying to do the best she can and I’d also protect her with my life
though I honestly don’t need to, she’s more than capable.
Both of their warring conflicts over that moral gray area and who they are as people and if that’s something they’re okay with was really done well
I did have an issue with a random plot point which is kind of spoiler, but it was minor.
The we knew each other as kids ten years ago… wasn’t really expanded on. Sporadically having a character say wow, he/she has really changed since ten years ago isn’t really…. doing… anything????
Their romance…. it’d been a long while since I’ve rode this hard for a romance. It wasn’t just let me change my life for this person, it was I need my potential partner to see all of my sides however ugly and not run away. Both of them weren’t willing to compromise themselves and their morals for the other and in the end found that they didn’t have to and EMOTIONS AMIRITE??
It was the best kind of slow burn, one where I’m screaming just kiss while wanting the angst and the push and pull to go on a bit longer. Now, as much as I’m down for this romance, I wouldn’t call it a hate to love. They hated what each stood for, but there was insta-connection.
Also, super spoilery thought that you can click to see 🙂
I was and still am scared that there’ll be a love triangle between Harun, Esha and Kunal, but with that ending, I’m not too scared. But for a while, I was kind of rooting for Harun… yet we all know I’m SOFT BOYS FOR LIFE
Listen, my thoughts are everywhere, but if you want a really good, wholesome romance, characters you’ll root for 100% and mythology and magic and-
Just go read the book. For me