Book Review: The Tiger at Midnight

Updated: Nov 2, 2019

Hello Beautiful Readers,

I'm continuing to catch up with my book reviews, and today is the turn of The Tiger at Midnight. I have been writing and reading a lot lately, which has made me really happy, and sometimes even though I have so much going on, I make time to continue doing what I love the most. I have even found my way back to painting, which I believe deserves a blog post of its own that will come eventually.

Book Review of Swati Teerdhala's The Tiger at Midnight by Lourdes Montes. Two Arts in a World, October, 2019.

Anyways, here is all the info for The Tiger At Midnight:

Quote from The Tiger at Midnight by Swati Teerdhala. Edited by Lourdes Montes for Two Arts in a World, 2019.

Reading Challenge No.: 22/45

Author: Swati Teerdhala

Publication Date: April 23, 2019

Format: Print

Length: 484 pages.

POV: Third person POV

Genre: #YoungAdult #fantasy

Series or Standalone? First in The Tiger at Midnight trilogy. 2nd book The Archer at Dawn coming May 26, 2020.

First Sentence:

"Kunal's eyes, sharp as an eagle's, were used to studying an enemy's armor for chinks or a battle plan for flaws."

Favorite Character: Kunal

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A broken bond. A dying land. A cat-and-mouse game that can only end in bloodshed.

Quote from The Tiger at Midnight by Swati Teerdhala. Edited by Lourdes Montes for Two Arts in a World, 2019.

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 General Hotha.

Kunal has been a soldier since childhood, training morning and night to uphold the power of King Vardaan. His uncle, the general, has ensured that Kunal never strays from the path—even as a part of Kunal longs to join the outside world, which has been growing only more volatile.

Quote from The Tiger at Midnight by Swati Teerdhala. Edited by Lourdes Montes for Two Arts in a World, 2019.

Then Esha’s and Kunal’s paths cross—and an unimaginable chain of events unfolds. Both the Viper and the soldier think they’re calling the shots, but they’re not the only players moving the pieces. As the bonds that hold their land in order break down and the sins of the past meet the promise of a new future, both rebel and soldier must make unforgivable choices.

Drawing inspiration from ancient Indian history and Hindu mythology, the first book in Swati Teerdhala's debut fantasy trilogy captivates with electric romance, stunning action, and the fierce bonds that hold people together—and drive them apart.

Quote from The Tiger at Midnight by Swati Teerdhala. Edited by Lourdes Montes for Two Arts in a World, 2019.


I first wrote about The Tiget at Midnight when I published a list of books I wanted to desperately read that were to be published this year.

Six months later I'm glad to say it did not disappoint.

The Tiger at Midnight unfolded from its first pages like a dream, introducing us to a world with a broken bond that threatened its stability. A Viper and a Soldier caught in a chase that keeps you guessing about who will fall and fail.

I loved the enemies to lovers tension and the plot twists. Each of the characters has a journey of their own and secrets locked away that are essential to the plot.

I think the quest in the book makes it fast paced, with the characters traveling all over Jansa.

I love Esha's independence, fearlessness and dedication to her people, but Kunal is my favorite because of his dedication and honor.

I totally recommend this book to fantasy lovers.

My rating:

5 of 5 stars for Swati Teerdhala's The Tiger at Midnight.

Thank you so much for reading my review of The Tiger at Midnight, I hope it helps you decide to read it and that you get to love it as much as I did.

Right now I'm currently reading We Hunt the Flame and Cruel Prince. For my next blog post I will finally write my review to Capturing the Devil, the conclusion to the Stalking Jack the Ripper series.

On a side note, my novel draft has reached 50k words, and I'm 18 days away from my self-imposed deadline.

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Love, Lourdes.

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