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Publisher's Summary

In this powerful story, two women - a long-imprisoned princess and a maidservant in possession of forbidden magic - come together to rewrite the fate of an empire.

A ruthless princess seeking to steal a throne. A powerful priestess seeking to save her family. Apart, they are dangerous. Together, they will set an empire ablaze.

Exiled by her despotic brother, Malini spends her days dreaming of vengeance, while trapped in the Hirana, an ancient cliffside temple that was once the revered source of the magical deathless waters but is now little more than a decaying ruin.

The secrets of the Hirana call to Priya. But in order to keep the truth of her past safely hidden, she works as a servant in the loathed regent’s household, biting her tongue and cleaning Malini’s chambers.

But when Malini witnesses Priya’s true nature, their destines become irrevocably tangled...and the course of a kingdom is forever changed.

"Suri astounds with the spellbinding epic fantasy that launches her Burning Kingdoms trilogy...a fierce, heart-wrenching exploration of the value and danger of love in a world of politics and power.... Suri’s confident and passionate prose expertly guides the reader throughout. This is a blade-sharp, triumphant start to what promises to be an exciting series." (Publishers Weekly, starred review)

"An intimate, complex, magical study of empire and the people caught in its bloody teeth. It's about resistance and power, histories both personal and political, and the heroes who must become monsters to survive. I loved it.” (Alix E. Harrow, Hugo award-winning author of The Once and Future Witches)

“Like the magic in this tale of reclaiming power, The Jasmine Throne will work its way under your skin with Suri’s compelling characters and gorgeous, effortless prose.” (Sam Hawke, author of City of Lies​)

©2021 Tasha Suri (P)2021 Orbit

What the critics say

"Suri astounds with the spellbinding epic fantasy that launches her Burning Kingdoms trilogy...a fierce, heart-wrenching exploration of the value and danger of love in a world of politics and power.... Suri’s confident and passionate prose expertly guides the reader throughout. This is a blade-sharp, triumphant start to what promises to be an exciting series." (Publishers Weekly, starred review)

"Like the magic in this tale of reclaiming power, The Jasmine Throne will work its way under your skin with Suri’s compelling characters and gorgeous, effortless prose.” (Sam Hawke, author of City of Lies

"The Jasmine Throne  is an intimate, complex, magical study of empire and the people caught in its bloody teeth. It’s about resistance and power, histories both personal and political, and the heroes who must become monsters to survive. I loved it." (Alix E. Harrow, author of The Ten Thousand Doors of January)  

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was NOT disappointed

I discovered this book through TikTok, the author was so excited about their book that I downloaded it immediately and let me tell you, they certainly had every reason to be excited and proud, this book is phenomenal.
As a writer myself I tend to pick apart books in terms of flow and word choice etc but I had no room to do so here. from as early as when Priya is (as far as we know) nothing but a maidservant I was hooked. the characters are compelling and well fleshed out, you really feel like you know them and care about them. the romance is tense and sweet and heart-wrenching... I cannot speak highly enough of the writing and it was made even better by the wonderful performance by Shiromi Arseiro. will definitely be looking out for that name for my next audiobook purchase

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I'm so sad it's over!

Great characters, great world building, and so exciting to see South Asian representation in this genre.

I was glued to my headphones.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2021-06-11

Wow! The best writer and The best narrator!!!

GOD DAMN! So fucking good! I can’t wait for the second book! I enjoyed it so much and in love with Priya and Malini 🥰. Tasha Suri is an amazing writer and I am definitely going to read her all books.
Best writer ever. Every second is exciting!!!
I don’t even know how to explain how good is this narrator!!! Shiromi Arserio is the most amazing narrator I have listened to and she made the book more fascinating!!!
Both of them became my favorite writer and favorite narrator!!! And obviously my time's favorite book!

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  • 2021-07-14

Loved It!!!

This book is the fantasy book I have been longing for. It has prominent queer characters (two main characters are lesbians), the romance doesn't overwhelm the rest of the story, the characters are very textured, the world building is amazing. There are POC!!!
I tend to be critical of novels with queer protagonist because the lack of visibility and quality content often causes LGBTQ people to lower their standards. This being the case, terrible books often get put on a pedestal or praised simply because they are readable and have queer characters.
This is not one of those books. This is so well written and tasteful. It doesn't rush into some unrealistic love story fraught with forced over the top sex scenes or long drawn out descriptions of longing.
The passion, the anger, the fear, the sadness it all feels so authentic. Not to mention the dialogue which sparkles. This author is so well rounded. The storylines are interesting. The relationship between Priya and Malini is layered and sweet and complex. And Buhmika, well I just love her so much, she is such a badass. I really can't wait for the next book.

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  • 2021-07-05

Great story and Narration

I listened to a podcast interview with the author Tasha Suri and purchased the ebook and audible narration right after that hoping the story would be as promising as the brief depiction during the podcast. The Jasmine Throne exceeded my expectations . Now my only gripe is that I will have to wait for book 2

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  • 2021-07-23

wonderful

this is a wonderful listen. fascinating world, fascinating history, fascinating people. the narrator had a lovely and lively voice and it enriched the story.

I absolutely love the characters for so many reasons. bhumika is one of my absolute favorites.

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  • Evanlee
  • 2021-07-11

I had to stop

I usually don’t stop a book in midstream, but this one is like listening to paint dry, which, as you can probably imagine, is worse than watching it dry. I even had Alexa increase the speed.

When I read the blurb, I thought it sounded like a good book. But the book is based on an evil king who craves human suffering, and the more the better. And he likes to see and hear about it to the last, bloody, gorey detail. Even in the beginning, he attempts to get his sister to submit to the pyre because she is not "pure".

I might try to read it again when I’ve forgotten what I’ve read this time, but I doubt I’ll forget.

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  • rose_macaron
  • 2021-07-11

Richly Woven

This story was beautifully written and the narrator did it justice. It’s a richly woven story that explores the pain and beauty of love, the weight of loss and responsibility, the difficult dance between duty and the heart’s wants, and the ways we find strength to journey through it all.
Looking forward to the next book in the series.

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  • John Visentin
  • 2021-09-08

Definitely worth the read

This was my first ever sapphic fantasy novel and I absolutely loved it. The magic system was very different and so interesting. Loved the setting and and strong main characters. The villains are a bit one dimensional… Hope that they will be explored a bit more in the second book.

Quite enjoyed the narrator as well, but sometimes a bit difficult to distinguish which character was speaking in a conversation. Might need to work on separating her character voices a bit.

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  • Dad101
  • 2021-08-28

This book is fantastic!

Epic fantasy with complex, interesting characters and a wonderful story. Very hard to put down. Anxiously awaiting a second book and HBO/Netflix etc. series!

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  • Nancy T.
  • 2021-09-09

Long but well written

I'm always happy to find a book in the this genre isn't different. I enjoyed the story line and felt it moved along well. My wife thought there were a few lulls but she liked it to. The story isn't built around the romance but it was there. I enjoyed it.

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  • Setia L
  • 2021-08-09

Narrator has no variation

I had to switch to a physical book. I was enjoying the story but the narrator has almost no variation between different characters, or even between dialog and the story in general. I was constantly getting mixed up about who was talking or whose POV it currently was.