Sunday, June 3, 2018

The Library of Fates by Aditi Khorana

The Library of Fates by Aditi Khorana
Published July 18, 2017
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This was definitely a book where I suckered in because of its gorgeous cover but unlike other books where only the cover was worth my time, I actually found myself enjoying this book immensely.  It was a very quick read (it only took me a day to finish!) and the pacing of the book was just right.  The characters were also likeable.  My only qualm in regards to the characters would be that they weren’t fully developed but for this book, I think it ended up being more than fine.

I really liked the premise of the book.  I liked how Amrita, the main character, was willing to essentially sacrifice her freedom and herself for the sake of her people from the conqueror, Emperor Sikander.  Even though I did find her to be a bit tedious in the beginning because she was always a step too slow.  However, I also understand that she was in shock and therefore some of her thoughts and actions was influenced by that.  I was glad though, that by the end of the book, she matured into someone that I can admire more.  Rather than taking the easy way out, she took the right path which is usually a lot harder than one might think. 

Another aspect that I really liked was how the author went on a completely different direction from what I had originally anticipated.  Obviously I knew that something about turning back time would occur since it was stated in the synopsis but the way how they went about it was completely different.  It was a good plot twist and made me enjoy the book even more. 

When Amrita found herself in the past to change the future, I’m really glad that the author put in some context in terms of how Sikander came to be this way and what was his history.  I have realized that in a lot of fiction these days, all of the “bad characters” don’t really get to speak up and explain themselves.  So I was pleased to read about Sikander’s past and understand him more.  It made him much more real to me and I was able to get why he did the things that he did.  Obviously, it still doesn’t excuse him for doing so but at least I was able to at least understand him just a bit more.

Overall, I think this book is under-hyped.  The rating on Goodreads isn’t the greatest and I’m surprised by that.  I would definitely recommend it if you’re looking for a good quick read.


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