Happy Release Day to Hunted By The Sky 🙂
This book has such a gorgeous cover and is such a well-written and rich fantasy inspired by medieval India! I’m so grateful that I got a chance to read it early, I absolutely fell in love and that’s why I absolutely need to make everyone else on this planet read it
Gul has spent her life running. She has a star-shaped birthmark on her arm, and in the kingdom of Ambar, girls with such birthmarks have been disappearing for years. Gul’s mark is what caused her parents’ murder at the hand of King Lohar’s ruthless soldiers and forced her into hiding to protect her own life. So when a group of rebel women called the Sisters of the Golden Lotus rescue her, take her in, and train her in warrior magic, Gul wants only one thing: revenge.
Cavas lives in the tenements, and he’s just about ready to sign his life over to the king’s army. His father is terminally ill, and Cavas will do anything to save him. But sparks fly when he meets a mysterious girl–Gul–in the capital’s bazaar, and as the chemistry between them undeniably grows, he becomes entangled in a mission of vengeance–and discovers a magic he never expected to find.
Dangerous circumstances have brought Gul and Cavas together at the king’s domain in Ambar Fort . . . a world with secrets deadlier than their own. Exploring identity, class struggles, and high-stakes romance, Hunted by the Sky is a gripping adventure set in a world inspired by medieval India.
5 Reasons To Read Hunted By The Sky
1. Badass Female Warriors
Gul joins the Sisters of the Golden Lotus who are basically some kickass women who train to be warriors and use their charms, fighting skills as well as magic to protect other girls and women and just sorta fight injustice.
I’m in awe of them all, especially Juhi, Kali and Amira. They all have so much character and personality and well-developed pasts! A common mistake while writing strong women characters or warriors is to make them sorta two-dimensional or make them ultra masculine but the author didn’t fall into the trap of either. All these women learn to fight in saris tied dhoti style and let me tell you, walking in a sari is a struggle, let alone fighting!
I especially love how our feisty main character Gul seems to think she’s worthless but Cavas* takes one look at her and says who am I to rescue her, she never needed my help!
*On a side note, if anyone can tell me how to pronounce Cavas so that I don’t pronounce it a different way every single time I come across it, that would be great.
2. Medieval India is the Best Era Ever!
I love watching historical dramas and mythology inspired Indian movies and shows so same goes for reading about those themes in books as well. And let me just say, India was thriving in medieval times, it’s hands down my favourite era ever and the beauty with which the author writes about it almost reduced me to tears.
If you’re a desi, this book will feel like home to you with the free use of hindi in names and titles and just everything, I can’t even describe it. Also love all the clothing of the characters described and the fact that these women were fighting in saris and heavy lehengas – I STAN. I also saw some parallels to modern India as well. Maybe it’s just me reading into it but the tenements reminded me a lot of the Mumbai chawls and I swear my heart was breaking the entire time.
3. The Mouthwatering Food
I honestly pity you all who’re gonna read this and just start drooling all over. There is so much delicious food that’s described in these books with lavish descriptions for all the non-desi readers! I think the only fictional food were the chandramas and I’m 99% sure that they were inspired from gujiyas. So here I was quarantined in my home, craving all the samosas and gujiyas and literally licking my lips. I mean Tanaz Bhathena even made daal(lentils) and khichuri(or was it pulao?) sound like a delicacy even though I consume them on a fairly regular basis. It was kinda unfair and now my stomach’s growling again…
4. An Action-Packed Magical Plot
I’m honestly in awe of the entire storyline and the wonderful pace at which it progresses, giving us enough time to learn about and get attached to the characters while not lingering too much. There are so many fascinating sub-plots woven in and some really interesting characters that I’m dying to read more about in the next book.
Although I wish the magic system was explored a bit more, I’m hoping that will be happening in the next books. I think my favourite part was how the story progresses in a manner that yo can guess what might happen but in the second half of the book everything is chaos and there’s so much going on and a lot of new aspects are introduced, ending the book in a way that left me reeling and craving for a lot more.
I swear my heart has shrivelled up on the inside because I know it’s going to be a long time before we get the second book and I might not survive the wait….
I JUST WANT MORE OF THIS WONDERFUL WORLD AND GUL AND CAVAS!
Is Hunted By The Sky On Your TBR?
Do you like reading books inspired from mythology and historical backgrounds? If yes go ahead and recommend me some because I love reading them!
What are some new releases that you’re looking forward to?