June 1, 2020

The Archer at Dawn Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway

The Archer at Dawn (Tiger at Midnight #2)
Author: Swati Teerdhala
Release Date: May 26, 2020
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books

Hardcover: 464 pages 


Romantic intrigue and electric action fill the gripping sequel to The Tiger at Midnight, a world inspired by ancient Indian history and Hindu mythology. Perfect for fans of Sabaa Tahir and Victoria Aveyard.

A stolen throne. A lost princess. A rescue mission to take back what’s theirs.

For Kunal and Esha, finally working together as rebels, the upcoming Sun Mela provides the perfect guise for infiltrating King Vardaan’s vicious court. Kunal returns to his role as dedicated soldier, while Esha uses her new role as adviser to Prince Harun to seek allies for their rebel cause. A radical plan is underfoot to rescue Jansa’s long-lost Princess Reha—the key to the throne.

But amidst the Mela games and glittering festivities, much more dangerous forces lie in wait. With the rebel’s entry into Vardaan’s court, a match has been lit, and long-held secrets will force Kunal and Esha to reconsider their loyalties—to their countries and to each other.

Getting into the palace was the easy task; coming out together will be a battle for their lives. In book two of Swati Teerdhala’s epic fantasy trilogy, a kingdom will fall, a new ruler will rise, and all will burn.


“Thrilling, entertaining, and beautifully written, this is one adventure YA fans won’t want to miss.” —Buzzfeed

“[A] vibrantly imagined South Indian–inspired trilogy opener...Teerdhala adds plenty of surprises to her finely limned characters to produce a lush fantasy.” —Publishers Weekly

“Teerdhala’s debut, immersed in Indian fantasy, features two compelling protagonists who must question their loyalties and decide what they’re willing to sacrifice for the chance at a new future. Fast-paced action and a budding romance between emotionally layered characters make this a promising start to a gripping new series.” —ALA Booklist

“[A] lush blend of folklore, fantasy, and romance.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Set in a fantastical South Asia, this combination of romance, action, and magic will appeal to fans of Sabaa Tahir and RenĂ©e Ahdieh. A strong choice for YA fantasy shelves.” —School Library Journal

“Cat-and-mouse maneuvering between assassin Esha and reluctant soldier Kunal will hold you in tantalizing suspense in this searing debut exploring love, loss, and destiny. The Tiger at Midnight is as alluring and fearless as its characters.” —Stacey Lee, award-winning author of Outrun the Moon

“A deliciously twisty cat-and-mouse story that had me racing through the pages. I love stories that challenge their protagonists’ beliefs, and both Esha and Kunal face complex, heart-breaking decisions in their journey to discover both themselves and each other.” —Natasha Ngan, New York Times bestselling author of Girls of Paper and Fire

“Follow Esha and Kunal on a dangerous journey through lush jungles and bustling cities, where the stakes are life and death, and victory comes at a terrible price. Teerdhala has written a masterful debut full of breathless twists and turns and a romance to ignite the senses.” —Axie Oh, author of Rebel Seoul

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The Archer at Dawn is the thrilling second book in a fantastic young adult fantasy series that readers are sure to love. I was swept back into Esha and Kunal's world right from the very beginning and I didn't come back up for air until I had devoured the entire book in a few hours. Once I started reading, it felt like I had never left them and their world and I always had to know what was going to happen next. I ended up reading the whole book in one sitting and loved it.

I continued to absolutely love Esha and Kunal as the main characters. I loved learning more about them and watching them both change and grow throughout the story. I'm not normally a huge fan of romance when it comes to other genres because I feel like it usually overpowers the main story line, but that didn't happen with this book (or the first one in the series.) I actually really enjoyed seeing their relationship blossom and I didn't feel like it took over the entire story line of the book. The other major characters were well rounded and realistic as well and I liked getting to know them more too. I absolutely loved learning about the different aspects of this world and it's societies - their histories, secrets, intrigue, and culture along with more mythology and folklore.
The plot was exciting with lots of action that kept me on my toes. I don't do spoilers in my reviews so I can't say much more without accidentally giving something away. I thought it was fast paced, thrilling, and very well written. Like I said, I lost myself inside of Esha and Kunal's world and I loved it. I can't wait to see where the author will take us in the next book - it just sucks that I have to wait so long to find out. I definitely recommend this book and series for fans of YA, fantasy, mythology, folklore, and romance.
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Swati Teerdhala is the author of The Tiger at Midnight series, which has appeared on both Barnes and Noble and Book Riot’s Most Anticipated Novels lists.

After graduating from the University of Virginia with a BS in finance and BA in history, she tumbled into the marketing side of the technology industry. She’s passionate about many things, including how the right ratio of curd-to-crust in a lemon tart. She currently lives in New York City.

Author Links:
WEBSITE: http://swatiteerdhala.com/ 
TWITTER: @swatiteerdhala
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