Hey you guys and welcome to my second review this month. Yes, I know. Who even am I, right? Since when do I even publish two standalone reviews in one month! But yes, I wanted to make sure that this book got the standalone review I planned on writing when I first got this review copy back in freaking AUGUST. I feel horrible for taking over four months to actually read and review this book. But now, before I go and ramble on for a hundred more words, how about we just jump right into this review, shall we?
No one is entirely certain what brings the Emperor Sikander to Shalingar. Until now, the idyllic kingdom has been immune to his many violent conquests. To keep the visit friendly, Princess Amrita has offered herself as his bride, sacrificing everything—family, her childhood love, and her freedom—to save her people. But her offer isn’t enough.
The palace is soon under siege, and Amrita finds herself a fugitive, utterly alone but for an oracle named Thala, who was kept by Sikander as a slave and managed to escape amid the chaos. With nothing and no one else to turn to, Amrita and Thala are forced to rely on each other. But while Amrita feels responsible for her kingdom and sets out to warn her people, the newly free Thala has no such ties. She encourages Amrita to go on a quest to find the fabled Library of All Things, where it is possible for each of them to reverse their fates. To go back to before Sikander took everything from them.
Stripped of all that she loves, caught between her rosy past and an unknown future, will Amrita be able to restore what was lost, or does another life—and another love—await?
You guys might remember that I kept talking about wanting to read this book quite a bit around the time of its release in July and when I heard that there was a chance to read the German translation early and review it, I jumped on it. I mean, this book was available in German within weeks of the original release. Do you know how rarely that happens??? And then I got the book and I stared at it and talked about wanting to read it. Somehow, four months went by where I read everything but this book – for whatever reason. Don’t ask me, I have no idea.
Finally, I decided to get on it already because it was about time, really. And I had just finished another review copy, so I was motivated as hell to get this done.
I wanted to love this book. So much. The idea is freaking fantastic. I love this idea of a Library Of Fates that holds a book with your life’s story in it and if you can get to said Library, you can change your story. This makes for such fantastic possible conflict because what happens if/when you change something about your future? How does that affect everyone around you? Is it really for the best to go back and change things?
The world Aditi created in this book is filled with old stories of mythical creatures and magical forests and I was so here for all of it. I mean, who doesn’t love mythical creatures and ancient stories that have been told for generations?
Unfortunately, the stories were just one of two aspects of this book that I really loved. The other was the writing (in the German translation, that is) which had a bit of a magical touch to it and flowed really nicely, which I really appreciated – especially after my last German book felt like it was written/translated with a younger audience in mind.
And now… let’s talk about the things I didn’t enjoy – which pains me to even say because I wanted to love this, god damn it.
The Library Of Fates is told from the first-person point of view and while you would think that would give us plenty of opportunities to really connect with at least our main character – I didn’t connect with her at all. Amrita did have fantastic moments that had me really excited, but overall her story just didn’t get to me. And we don’t truly get to know any of the other characters either and that’s just something I need from a book to truly care and root for it.
Any possible consequences aren’t going to have as much of an impact on me if I don’t care about the characters they might be happening to. What do I care if someone might get hurt if I don’t care about them? I want the heartbreaking, gut-wrenching type of pain or feelings when I’m reading a book. Those are the books that are going to stay with me for months and months. I mean, there’s a reason why I constantly bring up the fact that A Conjuring Of Light reduced me to a sobbing mess at 4AM. Because something happened to a character that I adore with all my heart and I was feeling their pain.
Overall, I gave The Library Of Fates a 3 to a 3.5-star rating and while I didn’t absolutely love it, I would still recommend you give it a try and see if you might like it more. I feel like when it comes to connecting to characters in a story, it’s a rather personal thing. So even though I didn’t connect with them, you very well might and I really hope you do if you decide to pick this book up!
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How about you guys? Have you read The Library Of Fates yet? If so, did you enjoy it and would you recommend it to other readers? I’m sure we’d all appreciate more viewpoints on this story, so please share in the comments down below! If you’ve written your own review, please feel free to share that in the comments too!
Different question, how do you guys go about recommending books you didn’t absolutely love? Especially if it’s because you didn’t connect to the characters? Please let me know in the comments below!