The Tiger At Midnight by Swati Teerdhala
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.
Drawing inspiration from ancient Indian history and Hindu mythology, the first book in Swati Teerdhala’s debut fantasy trilogy captivates with electric romance, stunning action, and the fierce bonds that hold people together—and that drive them apart.
I’m not sure how much I can type out without ruining anything from this book, but I’ll do my best. The beginning was a bit slow for me. I struggled to remember names and places, but it got much better as I got further into the book. The last 60% was so good!
Ten years ago, the Jansa’s queen and royal family were murdered. This started a war between countries that got along before then.
Kunal spent that time in The Fort. He was a soldier, his uncle, the general. Kunal wants more than this life though. Deep down, he doesn’t feel like he should be a soldier. He loves art and has to hide it for years. He does respect his uncle though and will continue on with him. There are no women in The Fort, so it was odd when Kunal saw a young girl sneaking around. Esha was on a mission to kill the general. She pretended to be someone else when talking to Kunal, but she did give him her real name. She acted lost. They both talked a bit and felt a weird connection between them. But they were on different teams and Esha had a mission to complete.
When Esha sneaks inside, she sees the general already wounded. He begged her to end his life quickly and she did. But she saw that someone had left a whip behind. It was a replica of hers. Someone was trying to frame her for the murder she was planning on committing.
Since the general was killed by The Viper (Esha), four men are sent out to find her. Whoever caught her would be the next commander of the Fort. Kunal was one that was sent out. During this time, he saw how bad things were outside the Fort. There was a terrible drought and people were barely getting by. He finds out that his uncle lied about things.
Kunal and Esha’s paths kept crossing. They both still felt that connection, but they were supposed to be enemies. Esha always seemed to get the best of Kunal and was always ahead of him. They both find out things about their past during this time. There are definitely some twists and betrayals in the book.
That’s pretty much all I can share without spoilers. I gave this book 4 stars. Thank you to the publisher and Edelweiss for providing me with a copy of the book for review.
Have you read The Tiger At Midnight? Is it on your TBR?