The Oleander Sword

Orbit. (The Burning Kingdoms, Bk. 2). Aug. 2022. 512p. ISBN 9780316538565. pap. $17.99. FANTASY
Malini knows she would be a better ruler of Parijatdvipa than her brother and with the prophecy of the nameless god proclaiming her empress, a loyal army, and the rage of a woman that burns hotter than the pyre many would cast her on, she attempts to claim the throne. Meanwhile, the powerful priestess and Elder of Ahiranya, Priya, carries on trying to cure the blooming rot that is killing her people and loosen the tyrannical hold Parjiatdvipa has on her country. While Priya’s magic seems like a gift from the gods, that same magic holds a truth that none would imagine. As Malini and Priya’s paths are brought together again, their destinies are as closely bound as their hearts and souls, and both are willing to do whatever it takes to reach their goals, even if it means being torn from each other. This complex, sprawling story is filled with lush worldbuilding, politics versus personal feelings, and familial love and betrayal.
VERDICT Suri’s second volume of the “Burning Kingdoms” trilogy (after The Jasmine Throne) continues an epic tale of love: for family, for power, for country.
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