The Library of Fates by Aditi Khorana

 

Library of Fates

Publisher: Razorbill
Released: July 18th 2017
Received: Own
Rating: 3.5

 

I was so excited for Library of Fates when it came out. The cover caught my attention at first – it’s so bright and delightfully designed. It was the description that really sold me on it though. If you’re looking for a book full of symbolism and mythology, this is the book for you.

Spoiler Warning

Library of Fates

I’ll admit I had trouble getting into this book at first. While the core concept was interesting, the writing style itself was a little bland. It led to me fluctuating between not caring and being completely filled with dread about what was going to happen next (an odd juxtaposition, to say the least). While I eventually grew attached to Amrita, I never really felt any real loss for most of the other characters introduced.

Amrita is a princess on the run – literally. Her kingdom is under siege, her father dead, and her lover captured. You’d think we’d be seeing overwhelming emotions from her. Fear, loss, anger. Mostly we got a lack of any of it. Some grief and fear. I’m going to attribute the lack of it to shock. Though honestly I felt the other characters were equally flat – Thala is an enslaved Seer on the run along with Amrita. One would expect a lot more emotions from her as well, though I’ll admit we see a lot of determination from her. While many will disagree with me here, I also felt that Varun was a flat character. His love for Amrita felt…to sudden and not enough. I get the background they were going for, I really do. It just didn’t feel real or important to me; which is such a shame, because I wanted to love them as a couple (I very nearly did, when they were on that walk together).

It was around the sixty percent mark that I found myself unable and unwilling to put the book down. For some (if not many) this is too far into a book to have to go for that purpose. Honestly though, from that point on I loved it. If the book had started at one of the later points I probably would have given it a higher rating than I did.

I really wanted to read Library of Fates to help expose myself to other beliefs and cultures. It was fascinating seeing these new mythologies and influences – though I’ll admit I would have loved more details on many different parts of it.

I think it was the writing style that kept me from enjoying this novel as much as I could have. The core idea of the plot was brilliant; it was the execution that was lacking. I do feel like the author found a good stride towards the end, which is probably why I liked the second half so much better. I’m curious to see what the author does next, and how much they’ll have improved. I hope they continue to write about mythology!

 

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About Liz

I am an avid animal lover, photographer, graphic designer, and much more. I love to create art, and am willing to try and artistic technique at least once. I am particularly fond of artworks involving a lot of emotion and color. The purpose of my blog is for me to be open and honest with myself and the world about my attempts to grow as an artist. The facts: My favorite color is constantly changing, so don’t worry about trying to keep up with that! I’m in my 20’s, married, and looking to find the perfect job for me (ideally something that can involve my creativity or my love of animals). I have 6 cats (If we’re being technical, I have 2 cats and my parents have 4), a bearded dragon, a parakeet, and two betas. I adore all of them, and they frequently are my photography models. My blog will primarily be consisting of my 365 (366) photography project, updated daily (hopefully). I’m also working on a 52 weeks project, where I try a new type of photography style or technique each week. That will be updated as the photos are processed.
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