Two truths and a lie.
Roshani Chokshi started this books off extremely well and kept me interested all the way through the first half? True.
Roshani Chokshi writes with a beautiful, poetic style? True.
Roshani Chokshi, in her first novel, has fully explained this complicated world and had great pacing? False.
While this was written so, so beautifully, I was also very confused for the majority of the second half. There were so many explanations of these mythological ideas and they felt like info dumps instead of weaving with the plot and action parts of the story and for me, sometimes they just didn’t make sense. It pains me to say that I skimmed some parts of the second half because I was so confused because the first half was so kick-ass and the writing is absolutely beautiful.
I likes Maya as a character but I wish we could have seen more of her taking charge instead of being hung up on Amar and being just as confused as I was in some parts. I also was not a huge fan of the romance between Maya and Amar, I thought that there was not enough build up to them being all over each other all of a sudden. Also, I wish we could have seen more from other characters like Gauri and Gupta, even though it is in Maya’s perspective.
Hopefully these problems will become things of the past when I read the second book next year. I hope it is about Gauri, I would love to see that. Also a bit of a clearer explanation of the plot and customs would be nice.
Roshani Chokshi is also one of the nicest people I have ever met (I went to a signing for her and got my copy signed) and I SO wanted to love this, especially since I just finished and loved And I Darken by Kiersten White and it is very much in the same vein with the mythology and historical elements. This book just did not wow me, but I am sincerely hoping Roshani’s sophomore novel does!