Review: The Ivory Key by Akshaya Raman

Series: The Ivory Key Duology #1
Author: Akshaya Raman
Publisher: Clarion Books
Released: January 4, 2022
Received: Own
Warnings: graphic death/bodies, death of a parent, death of a spouse

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The Ivory Key is the first novel in Akshaya Raman’s dulogy of the same name. This is yet another series started through OwlCrate, so I’m really hoping that they’ll do a special edition of the sequel. Fingers crossed! The Ivory Key is a young adult fantasy novel that will pull readers in and leave them wanting more. At least, that’s how it was for me!

Vira, Ronak, Kaleb, and Riya. At a glance, these four may not seem like they have much in common. Vira is desperately trying to stand tall and live up to her mother’s legacy while ruling a nation. Ronak is desperate for an escape, a way out of this arranged marriage (among other things). Kaleb is in prison – wrongfully accused of murdering his own mother. And Riya is on the run, cutting herself off from her family in favor of the found one she made for herself.

There’s one thing these four have in common: they’re family. Together they must locate the ivory key, or their nation is doomed. This key will unlock a resource that enables their nation to produce magic – a vital part of their security, economy, and way of life.

“He was right. Papa had been too obsessed. Amma had been too busy.
They’d done their best to prepare their children to face the world, but in the end, they’d left the four of them largely alone.”

I don’t know about everyone else, but I’ve been enjoying the duologies coming out of YA and fantasy. The Ivory Key is no exception, and I am very much looking forward to the conclusion of this tale.

The Ivory Key is split into four perspectives: Vira, Ronak, Kaleb, and Riya. They are all so different, yet there are a few things they have in common. They’re all siblings, and they want to get their hands on the Ivory Key.

It took me a bit of time to really get invested in all four characters. However, there were a couple that I loved right off the bat (any guesses?). By the end, it was easy to appreciate their different views and goals (even if I didn’t always agree with the conclusions they came to).

The complexity of the political situation, the personal dilemmas, and even the magic of this world absolutely captivated me. There are so many questions bouncing around in my head, and I can only hope that the sequel (The Crimson Fortress) will answer those questions.

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About Liz (AKA Cat)

I am an avid animal lover, photographer, reader, and much more. While my photography blog is feeling a bit neglected at the moment, the other sites I'm involved in are going strong. ✧I review books, comics, and basically anything else in the literary world over at Quirky Cat's Fat Stacks (of Books). ✧I review comics and books, as well as write content for Word of the Nerd. ✧I review comics for Monkeys Fighting Robots. ✧I write content for Screen Rant and CBR. ✧I write book reviews for The Review Crew.
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