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ARC REVIEW: The Archer at Dawn



Title: The Archer at Dawn
Author: Swati Teerdhala
Genre(s):  Young Adult, Fantasy
Release: February, 2020
Rating: ✭✭✭✭,5/5

Based on ancient hindu mythology and Indian history comes the second instalment in the Tiger at Midnight series by Swati Teerdhala. The series follows assassin Esha, nickname 'The Viper' who sets out to kill the general. Insert Kunal, the general's nephew, and a devoted soldier to the kingdom. When the two of them meet, they fall into an interesting cat-and-mouse game that will have unforeseen consequences. 

The Archer at Dawn continues where the previous book left off. Kunal and Esha enter the Sun Mela; a competition and time of festivities that give both an opportunity to infiltrate the court.

Where to begin with this review... I think this series is definitely an underrated one. The first book contained a lot of elements that make for a terrific YA fantasy debut: a solid plot, rich culture, and a little bit of hate-to-love romance sprinkled in. The second book continued this fabulous road and gave us more insight into the characters using a dual POV that features both characters. 

I also think the series contains a perfect balance between romance and plot, which is quite hard to do in most fantasies. Kunal and Esha continue to remain at the root of this book, and their relationship develops in an interesting way in this sequel. The author succeeds in adding the necessary intrigue and drama without it being contrived. 

One of my favorite elements of this series are the nods and hints of hindu mythology and Indian history sprinkled throughout the story. The book also ends on a cliffhanger, which gives the audience all the more reason to pick up the next one when it releases.

All in all, I thought this was a strong continuation of one of my favorite books from last year, and I look forward to read the conclusion to this series next year, which earns this book a well-deserved 4.5 stars!

Thanks to Harpercollins for the advanced review copy of this book. 

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