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The Library of Fates
Contributor(s): Khorana, Aditi
ISBN: 1595148582     ISBN-13: 9781595148582
Publisher: Razorbill
    OUR PRICE: $17.09  
Product Type: Hardcover
Published: July 2017
Annotation: A coming-of-age fantasy inspired by Indian folklore follows the efforts of a loving princess to sacrifice herself in marriage to a conquering emperor in order to protect her people only to be cast adrift alongside an enslaved oracle who becomes her companion in a quest to find a mystical library that may help them reverse their fates. Simultaneous eBook.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Princesses; Fiction.
Oracles; Fiction.
Libraries; Fiction.
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: bl2017028858
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 7-9, Age 12-14
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 8.75" H x 6.00" W x 1.25" (1.00 lbs) 314 pages
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2017 May #4)

Princess Amrita of Shalingar, 16, lives a sheltered life within the palace walls. Her father, Chandradev, devastated by the death of his wife, has kept his only child far from the eyes of his people. But Amrita is forced to flee after Sikander, the emperor of Macedon and one of Chandradev's former schoolmates, visits their home under the guise of solidifying a union between the two nations through marriage—and instead attacks her father and overthrows his regime. With an oracle named Thala as her guide and companion, Amrita endeavors to save her people from Sikander, as well as figure out who she truly is. Khorana (Mirror in the Sky) creates a beautiful and fantastical version of our world where gods and spirits walk among mortals. The fables repeated throughout foretell Amrita's journey, seamlessly interweaving her past and future and mirroring a thought-provoking narrative that touches on weighty philosophical questions. This well-crafted novel leaves no questions unanswered, and although the path that Amrita eventually takes is unexpected, it's very satisfying. Ages 12–up. Agent: Jenny Bent, Bent Agency. (July)

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2017 June)

Gr 9 Up—Sikander, the emperor of Macedon, arrives in peaceful Shalingar after conquering Syria, Phoenicia, Persia, and other places. Sikander asks Princess Amrita to become his bride as part of a peaceful treaty between the two nations, but the negotiations soon end in bloodshed. Haunted by the loss of her kingdom and everyone she loves, Amrita helps Thala, an enslaved oracle, escape imprisonment. Thala is certain that she and Amrita can find the Library of All Things and convince the Keeper of the Library to allow them to change their own fates. Eventually, Amrita realizes that her old life may be impossible to reclaim and that a new life can be found only through sacrifice. Khorana's sophomore novel is a stand-alone fantasy imbued with elements from Indian folklore and Hindu mythology. This story is hampered by anachronistic phrases and details that fail to coalesce into coherent world-building. As a narrator, Amrita exhibits an uneasy blend of naïveté and impetuousness; she is also seemingly the only character in the book unaware of her true connection to a mythical goddess called Maya the Diviner. Despite the inherent tension of an early love triangle, relationships remain underdeveloped save for the endearing if abrupt friendship between Amrita and Thala. Intriguing concepts such as the Library of All Things are bright spots in this story where many of the most exciting moments are related in asides or flashbacks. VERDICT A serviceable though not well-realized fantasy for fans of Roshani Chokshi's The Star-Touched Queen.—Emma Carbone, Brooklyn Public Library

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