Allison was a bookseller for six years before moving to Fort Collins and signing on with Old Firehouse. She tends to read a lot of genre fiction: mostly fantasy and science fiction (really ANYTHING with a speculative edge), but she's also a total sucker for a well-done Regency romp and the occasional Russian novel. Her interests outside of books include bad tv, history, and skiing, as well as her one true love: the New York Rangers.
This is a stunning novel about reincarnation and memories, fate and choice. There are a host of gods, demons, creatures, and beings from Indian folklore. There's a timeless love story. There are bonds of sisterhood and friendship. Whispering doors, crystal trees, flesh-eating horses. I could go on and on and on.
I love LUSH writing. Tactile, sensory writing. I am the only person on this earth that loves the word "moist", because yeah it's slightly off-putting, but you can also feel it. Chokshi's novel swells with this kind of writing. It's sensuous, it's creepy, it's inviting, it's edible. I LOVE IT.
Maya is wonderful and so are her interactions with Amar, Gauri, Kamala, her father....pretty much everyone. Bonus: they're all intriguing characters in their own right.
In a nutshell: great, deep world-building with tricky, nuanced characters and some truly mind-blowing imagery.
I never quite knew where this story was taking me, and that's fine because I loved every twisty moment of it.
Other than the ending (*loud crying*) this was an absolute BLAST. SCATHING BANTER (I was LIVING for Evelyn's Byron jabs). TALL DARK HANDSOME GENTLEMEN. HEROINES BULLDOZING THEIR WAY THROUGH TROUBLE. SUPERPOWERS + VICTORIAN ENGLAND.
Sorry about the all-caps, but this was a fast-paced, all-caps kind of book. Think...stuffing cotton candy into your mouth for four hours.
There are a lot of really neat little nods to X-Men without it being copycat-ish at all. I had a great time saying "OOOoooo this reminds me of....."
Super quick, super fun. Already need the next book ASAP.
Perfect for fans of V.E. Schwab and Gail Carriger.