Reviewing The Ivory Key: An Enchanting Page-Turner

Magic, a prized resource, is the only thing between peace and war. When magic runs out, four estranged royal siblings must find a new source before their country is swallowed by invading forces. The first in an Indian-inspired duology.

Vira is desperate to get out of her mother’s shadow and establish her legacy as a revered queen of Ashoka. But with the country’s only quarry running out of magic–a precious resource that has kept Ashoka safe from conflict–she can barely protect her citizens from the looming threat of war. And if her enemies discover this, they’ll stop at nothing to seize the last of the magic.

Vira’s only hope is to find a mysterious object of legend: the Ivory Key, rumored to unlock a new source of magic. But in order to infiltrate enemy territory and retrieve it, she must reunite with her siblings, torn apart by the different paths their lives have taken. Each of them has something to gain from finding the Ivory Key–and even more to lose if they fail. Ronak plans to sell it to the highest bidder in exchange for escape from his impending political marriage. Kaleb, falsely accused of assassinating the former maharani needs it to clear his name. And Riya, a runaway who cut all family ties, wants the Key to prove her loyalty to the rebels who want to strip the nobility of its power.

They must work together to survive the treacherous journey. But with each sibling harboring secrets and their own agendas, the very thing that brought them together could tear apart their family–and their world–for good.

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Reviewing The Ivory Key: An Enchanting Page-Turner

The Ivory Key was honestly one of my anticipated releases for 2022 and I feel so privileged that I got to read an arc of it and hold it in my hands because gosh this book did not disappoint.

At its heart, The Ivory Key is a story about four messy and estranged siblings and that’s what captivated me the most. Vira is burdening the responsibilities of the Maharani of Ashok, Riya is the sister who ran away to join the rebels, Kaleb is being wrongly imprisoned for murder and Raunak is the haywire brother who’s doing his best to run away from everything. All these characters are so different and raw. They each have different dreams, ideologies, hopes and personalities. It reminded me of how everyone used to call me and my sister two parts of a pole because we may look the same but we’ve always been the exact opposite of each other. This is partly why I love reading about siblings arguing with each other and having messy relationships and Akshaya Raman just brings them out beautifully. Each sibling is given their chance to shine and you sort of get where they are all coming from which makes it all the more harder to watch them fight and tear each other apart while trying to achieve similar goals.

But oh I am so here for all the snark and the sassiness and general drama and chaos these siblings bring with them! It’s honestly a riot to read about.

Another great strength of The Ivory Key is that it’s a very fast-paced action-filled book. We’re thrown into this new world that the author uncovers for us piece by piece at a perfect pace. Every few pages something is happening and we are discovering one thing after the other but it’s not overwhelming at all. Rather it fuels your excitement and makes you want to read page after page after page. And oh the world and the culture of this book is inspired by the many cultures in India as well as different parts of Indian history. I think my heart just sang when I read this book because I saw so much of the Indian culture in this book, inspired from different regions and ages and different parts of the history and put forward as a wonderful and enchanting world.

I‘m also such a sucker for good puzzles and mysteries and this book has so many different puzzles that the siblings need to unravel and solve before they get to what they seek, which only makes their journey even more thrilling. There were one or two points in the book which seemed a bit convenient and yes a couple of plot twists were a bit obvious to me but nevertheless I really enjoyed reading this book.

AND OH MY GOD THAT ENDING. I literally can’t even say anything without spoiling it but I’m very invested to see how we’re going to follow all the siblings and their progress in the next book after the discoveries they’ve made and the places they’ve found themselves in (if you’ve read the book you know what I mean, hehe).

That’s it for me! A huge thank you to Hot Key Books UK, Eleanor Rose and Akshaya Raman for inviting me to be a part of this blog tour 🙂 You can keep following the blog tour and check out previous posts as well.

And do let me know what you think of The Ivory Key! Is it on your TBR? Have you read it yet? What about this book sounds the most exciting to you?

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