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  • Written by: Tasha Suri
  • Narrated by: Shiromi Arserio
  • Length: 19 hrs and 43 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (75 ratings)

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The Jasmine Throne

Written by: Tasha Suri
Narrated by: Shiromi Arserio
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Publisher's Summary

"Raises the bar for what epic fantasy should be." (Chloe Gong, author of These Violent Delights)

A ruthless princess and a powerful priestess come together to rewrite the fate of an empire in this “fiercely and unapologetically feminist tale of endurance and revolution set against a gorgeous, unique magical world” (S. A. Chakraborty).

Exiled by her despotic brother, princess Malini spends her days dreaming of vengeance while imprisoned 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 destinies become irrevocably tangled. One is a ruthless princess seeking to steal a throne. The other a powerful priestess desperate to save her family. Together, they will set an empire ablaze.

"An intimate, complex, magical study of empire and the people caught in its bloody teeth. I loved it.” (Alix E. Harrow, author of The Ten Thousand Doors of January)

"Gripping and harrowing from the very start." (R. F. Kuang, author of The Poppy War)

"Suri’s incandescent feminist masterpiece hits like a steel fist inside a velvet glove. Simply magnificent." (Shelley Parker-Chan, author of She Who Became the Sun)

"A fierce, heart-wrenching exploration of the value and danger of love in a world of politics and power." (Publishers Weekly, starred review)

"This cutthroat and sapphic novel will grip you until the very end." (Vulture, Best of the Year)

"Lush and stunning.... Inspired by Indian epics, this sapphic fantasy will rip your heart out." (BuzzFeed News)​

©2021 Tasha Suri (P)2021 Orbit

What the critics say

"The Jasmine Throne pulls you under, sweeping you away on a current of gorgeous prose and intricately imagined magic and politics. Filled with sharply-drawn characters who ache with longing: for peace, for war, for one another. It left me breathless." (Andrea Stewart, author of The Bone Shard Daughter)

"This powerful series opener will undoubtedly reshape the landscape of epic fantasy for years to come." (Booklist, starred review)

"The Jasmine Throne more than lives up to the hype with its rich and expansive world, compelling characters, cool magic system and Suri’s excellent writing, which holds it all together." (BookPage, starred review)

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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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Splendid Fantasy World

This is a comprehensive and fascinating fantasy world whose 'gods' are very close to nature. It appears to be a struggle between the mystical mother world and the angry and misogynistic human world. The characters are intriguing and much of the tension is created by their attempts to forge alliances with each other. I'll be signing up soon for the sequel.

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An fresh, new brand of fantasy

So much of the fantasy genre is based on a euro-centric culture type. I very much enjoyed learning about this new world built on a framework of the ancient subcontinent. The characters are dynamic and compelling, and the story keeps you guessing without getting lost. I’m looking forward to book 2.

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Immersive

Loved the story, was there from start to finish. Due to life situations I had to stop at one point in the last third... As soon as I had time to pick it up again it was like I hadn't stopped. Amazing writing and a pleasure to listen to!

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good but not all that was promised

I found this book through tiktok following what felt like hundreds of videos about this novel which praised it well into the heavens. So, take this review with the knowledge that I may have gone into this book expecting too much.

I was expecting something like the Priory of the Orange Tree but set in a South Asian-esque kingdom. this is to say, Sapphic, full of multiple characters with full bodied histories and motivations, plentiful political fiction, rich bases of historirs, religions, cultures... it is not that these things were not there, only that none of them were particularly powerful.

Sapphic: my favourite genre of book involves powerful women falling in love with powerful women. These women show very little tenderness, care, or relationship development (imo) beyond what I might expect of a very hastily written YA novel. That us jot to say it is bad, just that it is less than what I thought I would get. I do not need sex scenes to fall in love with a relationship, but any modicum of affection would have been cool. Ergo: not really a Sapphic love story, more like a story which happens to have two women who like each other.

Respresentation: I am always very glad to see greater representation of gender, sexuality, race, and culture in the books I read. Recently I have even been specifically curating my reading list based on the idea of reading about characters who more accurately portray people like me. However, this book isn't really the miraculous portrayal of diversity, or even South-Asian race/ culture that i think it is being made out to be on tiktok. Several times we get references to the idea that darker skin is less beautiful (including naming the darker skinned women as not being beautiful and the princess, who is often described by the lightness of her skin, as being more beautiful). The characters are all people of colour, and that is definitely ( unfortunately) a feat in today's world, but in terms of sexuality, gender, or even just discussing differences thst could exist within the South-Asian-esque population, there isn't large diversity. There is, to my recollection, a singular mention of the idea of gender existing outside the binary. Women are consistently referred to as being lesser than men but jo one really does much about that, other than possibly leaning into the idea in order to gain power by being underestimated. I coukd go on but I'll just summarize to say that (while completely unnecessary to be a beacon of representation) this book is not the representation of a diverse swathe of people and their problems as it is being advertised. again, that's not to say it's bad, just iver-hyped i think.

political fiction: here us where I have an actual issue... 1. A lot of the story threads in this novel get dropped at random points only to be picked back up later. This ranges from a minor offense that doesn't really matter, to the reason that Priya is in a location straight up being ignored for chapters on end with absolutely no explanation. 2. a lot of the politics are very bland. Either the motivations / reactions don't make any sense (ie, a bunch of super sexist lords suddenly accepting a woman in power because... the plot demands it??) or it is so straight forward that it feels too obvious for the supposedly smart characters to have overlooked. This isn't necessarily bad but I would definitely put the politics in this book on par with the legal system in Harry Potter's world. So... its not really a political fiction book either.

religion: this aspect does give some points back. The usage of different religions in the book is cool and tge lore is rich. I wish it had been more, but I think that is just because the other stuff was lacking.

all in: this book is fine, good for listening to while cleaning the house maybe, but don't go in with super high expectations because I don't think you will end up being impressed. Probably would have been better for kids in grades 6 through 10.

Narrator was great, wish I'd been better able to differentiate between their character voices.

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A new favourite

Really enjoyed everything about the story the character the world building and pacing were easy to follow although I did have. Hard time with all the names an people. Looking forward to the next book.

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This is my favourite.

This is my favourite book. I never got it when people asked what my favourite book was, because there are so many great ones that are great in so many different ways, but this book is great in all the individual ways other books are individually great, but all in one amazing book.

This book is so earth shatteringly creative and unlike anything else I've read, and, it's gay. I am so happy.

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I am a FAN

THIS is a damn good book. Interesting premise. Excellent characterization. Ends a good spot for a sequel. Eagerly await the next book!

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 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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  • Kassandra
  • 2021-11-03

Worth your time

This book was heart-achingly lovely, I've always been a Fantasy/Sci fi gal and when I discovered that there was a small niche of fantasy books out there with prominent LGBTQ+ (and POC in this case, bonus!) characters I embarked on a mission to read all the ones worth reading and in my humble opinion this one ranks very high on the list.

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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.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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