Book Review

The Oleander Sword eARC Review

The prophecy of the nameless god—the words that declared Malini the rightful empress of Parijatdvipa—has proven a blessing and curse. 

The power of the deathless waters flows through Priya’s blood.

Their chosen paths once pulled them apart. But Malini and Priya’s souls remain as entwined as their destinies.


My Review

First, if you’re interested you can find the link to the first book, The Jasmine Throne below:

Now! Onto the gloriousness that is the second book of this trilogy and possibly the best book I’ve read so far this year.

The Jasmine Throne absolutely blew me away when I read it, it filled some unknown f/f epic fantasy void I didn’t even know resided within me. Now I can’t imagine not reading this trilogy. Suri is flawless in the delivery of this fantasy world and whereas the last book had more focus on one place than another, this sprawls out to show her world building prowess; and I bow down to it. I was afraid I wouldn’t remember so many details that I had enjoyed in the first book but unlike my failing memory for most other books -don’t you judge, I know how many of you also can’t remember MC names while writing these reviews too fellow book bloggers lol-, I could remember so much more. I think this is a testament to how deeply engrained this book became in my psyche.

Usually I enjoy sequels but this is a rare time where I not only enjoyed it but I was completely floored by it, it is not only equal to the amazingness of the first book but even more amazing in certain nuances. The pacing was great in the first book but I actually think it was even better this time, and the world building and mythology were knocked out the park.

Malini outshone herself in this book, I loved watching her having to proceed with this prophecy as her tool to rule. As always, I have the biggest soft spot for Priya who I full on adore -and is one of my absolute fave characters.- I did enjoy seeing Priya more surrounded by her people, and Malini finding out who her own people were as well; such amazing growth in both of them and ugh I could gush all day.

Malini and Priya parted ways and that was that.

But now there’s a much bigger series of threats and it looks like they will need to work together as both their worlds are threatened.

There was such a tension and balancing act between them and I couldn’t imagine it being done any other way.

There’s so much to unpack but I always leave it vague to avoid spoilers as much as I can but just, UGH, SO GOOD.


THAT ENDING. Oh there are no words to describe how my heart was crushed.

 5/5 Cups of coffee from me. I don’t know how I’m going to wait for the third book. Thank you to Netgalley and the Publisher for an eARC in exchange for my honest opinion.

By TheCaffeinatedReader

A Caffeinated Reader and Musician, destined to write lacklustre book reviews with the over-ample amount of free time.

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