Tuesday, June 5, 2018

*Review* The Library of Fates by Aditi Khorana

Genre: YA Fantasy
Published: July 18, 2017
Pages: 354

No one is entirely certain what brings the Emperor Sikander to Shalingar. Until now, the idyllic kingdom has been immune to his many violent conquests. To keep the visit friendly, Princess Amrita has offered herself as his bride, sacrificing everything—family, her childhood love, and her freedom—to save her people. But her offer isn’t enough.

The palace is soon under siege, and Amrita finds herself a fugitive, utterly alone but for an oracle named Thala, who was kept by Sikander as a slave and managed to escape amid the chaos. With nothing and no one else to turn to, Amrita and Thala are forced to rely on each other. But while Amrita feels responsible for her kingdom and sets out to warn her people, the newly free Thala has no such ties. She encourages Amrita to go on a quest to find the fabled Library of All Things, where it is possible for each of them to reverse their fates. To go back to before Sikander took everything from them.

Stripped of all that she loves, caught between her rosy past and an unknown future, will Amrita be able to restore what was lost, or does another life—and another love—await?

I received a copy of this book through Penguin's First to Read program in exchange for an honest review.

This book was a fast read for me, but I made the mistake of not writing this review back in August when I finished reading it. I rated it four stars on Goodreads when I finished reading it, so I clearly enjoyed it, but I honestly can't remember exactly what I liked so much about it. I even resorted to reading other reviews on Goodreads just to make sure that the details that I was remembering were actually for this book. 

So what can I tell you about this book? I remember that there were some elements of insta-love, but by the end of the story, it made sense to me, and the love story was not the main focus of the book to begin with. So even though I'm usually not a fan of insta-love, in this case it worked. And beyond that, I'm not going to say anything else because I don't trust that the other thoughts I have floating around in my head are my own and not derived from the reviews I read on Goodreads. 

But overall I give The Library of Fates 4.02345 stars because I enjoyed it and it was a quick and easy read. - Katie 

Romie's Review // Keertana's Review - These are the reviews that most helped me verify that I had my details about the story correct in my mind, and are definitely worth reading. 

Aditi Khorana spent part of her childhood in India, Denmark and New England. She has a BA in International Relations from Brown University and an MA in Global Media and Communications from the Annenberg School for Communication. She has worked as a journalist at ABC News, CNN, and PBS, and most recently as a marketing executive consulting for various Hollywood studios including FOX, Paramount and SONY.

MIRROR IN THE SKY is her first novel. She lives in Los Angeles and spends her free time reading, hiking, and exploring LA's eclectic and wonderful architecture.


  1. I'm so annoyed that I didn't download this one before it expired from my First Reads account. Glad you enjoyed it though!

    1. I wish I would've written the review while we were still in Germany and the story was more fresh in my mind. I need to stop getting behind on reviews. - Katie