The Tiger at Midnight

The Tiger at Midnight

A broken bond. A dying land. A cat-and-mouse game that can only end in bloodshed.Esha is a legend, but no one knows. It’s only in the shadows that she moonlights as the Viper, the rebels’ highly skilled assassin. She’s devoted her life to avenging what she lost in the royal coup, and now she’s been tasked with her most important mission to date: taking down the ruthless Ge...

DownloadRead Online
Title:The Tiger at Midnight
Author:Swati Teerdhala
Rating:
Edition Language:English

The Tiger at Midnight Reviews

  • Brittney ~ Reverie and Ink

    Sooo I'm a little biased here, because Swati is actually my writing mentor and a lovely person - but I REALLY loved this book (and I would have loved it just as much even if I didn't know her personally)!

    If you know anything about me, you know I'm a huge fan of the cat and mouse trope - and heated banter. Like please give me all the heated banter forever and ever amen. So with that said, my heart was so giddy over Kunal and Esha! They are my children now and I love them and ship them endlessly.

    Sooo I'm a little biased here, because Swati is actually my writing mentor and a lovely person - but I REALLY loved this book (and I would have loved it just as much even if I didn't know her personally)!

    If you know anything about me, you know I'm a huge fan of the cat and mouse trope - and heated banter. Like please give me all the heated banter forever and ever amen. So with that said, my heart was so giddy over Kunal and Esha! They are my children now and I love them and ship them endlessly.

    But the best part (banter/heat aside) was the seriously incredible world building. First of all, the Indian mythology was SO COOL - and the foundation upon which the two warring nations are built. I've never read anything quite like it, but I love how the legends weren't just myths but had the power to disrupt life at its core. On top of that, we have a super rich history that depicts the relationship between Kunal's lands and Esha's, and it only grows more complex as the story plays on. I love how nothing is black and white - and complications arise from all ends. What really made the story fun was that we go on a journey through both character's eyes - traveling through towns and jungles and cities and palaces. You won't be sitting still.

    The story starts as Kunal, a soldier, sees a mysterious girl lurking around his fort. He approaches her, and she pretends that she's merely lost her way. The two strike up a conversation - harmless, by the looks of it, and he helps her return to where she claimed she wanted to be. The next morning, Kunal wakes to find his uncle, the general, dead in his bed - with the Viper (an unknown assassin of sorts)'s weapon left in the room. The next thing he knows, he's sent on a mission to find the Viper. If he catches them, he'll be promoted - and can make a real change for his country.

    It doesn't take him long to put the pieces together - that the Viper, is in fact, the girl from the fort.

    I really don't want to spoil more than that, but be prepared for a whirlwind ride through emerald forests and colorful towns as the chase begins, and soon both Esha and Kunal are questioning everything they know and everyone they trust.

    ~

    ~

  • Vicky Who Reads

    weeeeOOOWWWW i'm so glad I have this on preorder (and it's coming on Tuesday!!!) because that was amazing???

    1) actually good romantic tension gimme gimme

    2) lush worlds!!! so much!!!

    3) if you've seen pictures of the hardcover, it's got this GORGEOUS super shiny gold spine that makes me swoooooon. *grabby hands*

  • Aila

    To put into perspective:

    I started this book around 1 am. I finished at 6 am and am up writing this review (full one to come closer to publication) because I just cannot stop gushing about it. Definitely add this one to your TBR's, fantasy lovers!

    immediately caught my attention with its gorgeous cover. Before I knew it, the writing sucked me in, and after I got to meet the characters, I was thoroughly ensnared in its pages. This Indian-inspired fantasy is full of deceit, sec

    To put into perspective:

    I started this book around 1 am. I finished at 6 am and am up writing this review (full one to come closer to publication) because I just cannot stop gushing about it. Definitely add this one to your TBR's, fantasy lovers!

    immediately caught my attention with its gorgeous cover. Before I knew it, the writing sucked me in, and after I got to meet the characters, I was thoroughly ensnared in its pages. This Indian-inspired fantasy is full of deceit, secrets, and a game of chase between two morally gray characters. It’s enthralling from beginning to finish, and I don’t quite remember when a debut fantasy ensnared me the way this book did. Readers follow the main characters Esha and Kunal - two vastly different people from vastly different standings - as they move forward in a fast-paced plot where the lands aren’t safe, and the kingdom needs balance. Who will get there first? And what will it take to do so?

  • Umairah | Sereadipity

    Plot: 3/5 Characters: 3/5 Writing: 4/5

    The Tiger at Midnight was

    , however, it sadly fell a bit flat for me. It was just so...

    . I felt like I had read it all before.

    Let's start with the positives. The world building was excellently done and I loved finding out more about the different places. The imagery of

    contrasted with

    was a

    .

    The book was about

    called Jansa and Dha

    Plot: 3/5 Characters: 3/5 Writing: 4/5

    The Tiger at Midnight was

    , however, it sadly fell a bit flat for me. It was just so...

    . I felt like I had read it all before.

    Let's start with the positives. The world building was excellently done and I loved finding out more about the different places. The imagery of

    contrasted with

    was a

    .

    The book was about

    called Jansa and Dharka.

    was an infamous Dharkan rebel assassin who went by the name, '

    ,' and was tasked with killing a Jansan army commander.

    was a Jansan soldier tasked with capturing The Viper.

    I felt like I was trapped in a time loop for most of the book because it was

    and consisted of the same events happening again and again with slight variations. There were three stages.

    Kunal finds Esha who he knew was The Viper and was supposed to capture.

    Instead of capturing her, he has a nice little chat with her while he admires her

    and

    and she marvels at his

    and his

    .

    Esha escapes and Kunal lets her have a head start before resuming his pursuit of her once again.

    It was very frustrating because they both had responsibilities and tasks they had to accomplish but instead

    . Don't get me wrong, they made a very adorable pair but

    in their story.

    Also, Esha was

    but she doesn't really kill anyone or do anything particularly ruthless that would have earned her the level of notoriety she supposedly had. Her character wasn't very believable.

    The plot did become a bit more interesting near the end but the problem was,

    that the effect was lost on me.

    Nevertheless, I feel like the way this book ended means that the next book has the potential to be really good. I want to read the next book in the series and, hopefully, I will enjoy it more!

  • Hollis

    Coming in at almost five hundred pages in my physical ARC, I thought this would be a book I'd have to chip away at for a day or two. But THE TIGER AT MIDNIGHT was such an easy read and I devoured it in only a few hours. That said, I'm not entirely sure this is a fantasy that's going to stick with me. Also arg another trilogy I'm going to have to keep track of amongst all the other things I read.. #bookishproblems

    Anyway, I was drawn to this story because of the diversity and wanting more lush, ma

    Coming in at almost five hundred pages in my physical ARC, I thought this would be a book I'd have to chip away at for a day or two. But THE TIGER AT MIDNIGHT was such an easy read and I devoured it in only a few hours. That said, I'm not entirely sure this is a fantasy that's going to stick with me. Also arg another trilogy I'm going to have to keep track of amongst all the other things I read.. #bookishproblems

    Anyway, I was drawn to this story because of the diversity and wanting more lush, magical, reads in my life (ideally in a standalone format but whateverrrrr) and this is all that and more. We have a female assassin, working towards saving her people through whatever means necessary, and a young man on the opposing side who has been raised to believe something he discovers might not be true. There's an ailing kingdom, betrayal, romance, a cat and mouse chase, reunited friends, and plots upon plots. There's a lot to love here, particularly as the characters themselves are complex and both undergo some growth by the end of this first instalment.

    But. I feel like I only skimmed along the surface of this -- never really able to sink into it -- while pages flipped by at a quick rate, and I'm not sure I'll remember anything about this in a month. Much less a year. So, I don't know. I enjoyed it.. but. That's pretty much a good tagline of this one.

    2.5ish (?) stars

    ** I received an ARC from the publisher (thank you!) in exchange for an honest review. **

  • Vibur (Partial Hiatus)

    Just. Alright.

    The author did string together some admittedly beautiful descriptions, but there were a few bewildering turns of phrase. I suppose the author was attempting to spin a poetic metaphor of sorts here and there, except what we got was moreso…a haphazard bunch of words slapped together. On top of that, there was the occasional modern term slipped in, which, hmmm, did

    match the ancient-Ind

    Just. Alright.

    The author did string together some admittedly beautiful descriptions, but there were a few bewildering turns of phrase. I suppose the author was attempting to spin a poetic metaphor of sorts here and there, except what we got was moreso…a haphazard bunch of words slapped together. On top of that, there was the occasional modern term slipped in, which, hmmm, did

    match the ancient-Indian vibes of the novel—buuut whatever. I guess I

    nitpicking right now?

    What the

    In short, the author tends to state things instead of describing them, which gives the writing a glossed-over feel? It's frustrating, because what should be tense, evocative scenes are more often than not reduced to lifeless fragments of text. The writing wasn't bad, but it was more so that there was a couple of aspects that could have been

    . Just…little things here and there—which all in all, added up to a middling whole. Things like

    that conspired to incapacitate the writing for me, blunting the feeling and draining the

    from what were the turning points of the plot.

    In spite of this,

    kept me entertained. Like, the pacing was perfect? And I won't lie—

    (at first). It made me curious enough to read more, and I did—until I realised, two-hundred pages in, that it wasn't

    , at which point I started doing a mental analysis of the reasons (re: above). So I did like it to

    extent, and

    And

    I feel like a douchebag typing all this up, but I have to justify why I'm not giving this four-stars plus.

    But as I said, hey, it's just me.

    My two cents.

    (Feel free to, like, lose them in the couch or something.)

    3.0/5

  • steph ✨

    Three words: Overhyped and unoriginal (which describes 90% of the YA fantasies released this year to be honest)

  • Angelica

    I spent the entire time reading just wishing to fully dive into the story and not being able to. This isn't a bad book. There is nothing blatantly wrong with the novel. My issue isn't even a specific issue, but rather a collection of small things that kept accumulating and rubbing me the wrong way.

    It wasn't for lack

    I spent the entire time reading just wishing to fully dive into the story and not being able to. This isn't a bad book. There is nothing blatantly wrong with the novel. My issue isn't even a specific issue, but rather a collection of small things that kept accumulating and rubbing me the wrong way.

    It wasn't for lack of imagination in setting or lore, but because this supposedly magical book suffers from underwhelmingly mundane writing where things are told and never showed and everything is exactly as it seems. That, and there were several moments where certain phrasing of words made me pause, thus pulling me out of the story.

    Then there was the pacing. It felt off. It would pick up and slow down at strange times and I think it might have been because of the romance.

    Also, some scenes felt repetitive, like we got the same information told to us over and over, and told in the exact same way each time.

    I've seen a lot of people praise these characters and I was really hoping to join the club, but alas, the characters fell flat for me. I don't know why but I just couldn't connect with them.

    Esha is described as dangerous, she's an assassin, a rebel, a spy, the Viper that everyone fears. I usually have a hard time believing it when a teenager is the world's greatest/ most feared anything in YA, but I especially don't buy it when we don't see said teenager do anything to confirm their reputation.

    Kunal too felt underwhelming. I wanted more from him and I didn't get it. He has a cool back story, he's been a soldier his whole life, his uncle trained him to be deadly, to kill! You'd think this would have an effect on how he views the world or in his actions, but no. Not really.

    All the hating aside, I think this had a good premise and an interesting beginning. It's a book that had the potential to be amazing, but alas, it wasn't. It was all pretty underwhelming if I'm honest.

    Overall, I didn't love this book. Not even close. It's not the worst book I've read this year (that would be The Perfect Date by Evelyn Lozada ) but it's also nowhere near the best.

    But, here's a gif of a tiger to brighten the mood!

    Follow Me Here Too:

  • Katie.dorny

    I think me and ya fantasy may need to part ways soon.

    This followed every stereotypical plot line nuance and fulfilled every trope to perfection.

    Nothing excited me, interested me or surprised me in this book.

    Some of the writing regarding the world building was enjoyable - but the characters were mostly insufferable due to their cookie cutter personas.

    I’ve read the same book in a different setting repeatedly in the last few years. Now I’m bored of it.

  • Emily May

    🐅

Best Books Online is in no way intended to support illegal activity. Use it at your risk. We uses Search API to find books/manuals but doesn´t host any files. All document files are the property of their respective owners. Please respect the publisher and the author for their copyrighted creations. If you find documents that should not be here please report them


©2019 Best Books Online - All rights reserved.