The Jasmine Throne is a Sapphic Indian inspired enemies to lovers romance – if that isn’t enough to convince you to read it, I don’t know what is!
I have received an Advanced Reader’s Copy of The Jasmine Throne from the publisher and Caffeine Book Tours as part of my participation in their tour. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own.
Introduction Of The Jasmine Throne
The book follows many perspectives, but the two main POV are Priya and Malini. They’re two morally grey characters, both so different within their personalities, but their slow burn is so gripping to read! Although at times, I did feel like this book was a whole set up to the sequel with its slow pace. It also explores different types of leaders within a misogynistic society creating intricate world building. Tasha Suri has written a beautiful, layered story and one I can’t recommend enough.
Priya is a softhearted, but fierce handmaiden, one with an intriguing past. Malini is the sister of the emperor and Princess to Parijat but a traitor, who is now exiled and imprisoned. When the truth is discovered of Priya’s past, Malini and her embark on a journey together, eager to change the ways of the empire.
Characters Of The Jasmine Throne
I love books with multiple POVs and it is rare for me to enjoy every POV. Whilst this wasn’t the case for this novel, it is understandable why there were many POVs. They offered more insight from opposing sides of Malini and Priya, but it was also intriguing to read about the reasoning behind some family members actions.
The strong point of The Jasmine Throne is most definitely the characters, more particularly the women. The relationships between them are complex, each with much tension as they try to obtain power in a society where women are seen as weak.
This character driven story might be what makes me give it 4 stars, but the representation takes the cake and is by far my favourite aspect of the novel. The descriptions were lush and paints such colourful imagery. I just really appreciated and loved this as British Indian where representation is hard to find, let alone done right.
Overall, I’d highly recommend this book! It was so enjoyable with its themes of politics and religion combined with the most incredible, complex characters! I have loved Suri’s books in the past and I’m so excited for the next book in this series.
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