Hi everyone! Welcome to my blog tour stop for The Library of Fates by Aditi Khorana! I am very pleased to welcome, fellow blogger and friend, Aditi Nichani, Indian Blogger from A Thousand Words A Million Books Blogs! I asked Aditi if she’d share a little bit about the Indian mythology that is in The Library of Fates! Make sure to enter the giveaway below and check out all the tour stops.
The Library of Fates
A romantic coming-of-age fantasy tale steeped in Indian folklore, perfect for fans of The Star-Touched Queen and The Wrath and the Dawn
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 unthinkable happens, 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 of a palace under siege. 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?
I’m so grateful to have Aditi on my blog today to talk about the rich religion, culture and mythology that is vast within the Indian culture. Follow her blog at: http://athousandwordsamillionbooks.blogspot.in/
All around the world, children grow up to the ever present hum of culture. Little girls in America stare at their elders in white dresses and dream while they wait for their special day while girls in India burst sparklers, 100-walas and rockets everytime Diwaali (The Festival of Lights) comes around.
We grow up in world rich with tradition; we grow up in a world that makes us belong to the community we’ve been born into, but no country more so that India.
When you open a history textbook that speaks about India, the very first line would probably inform you, straight off the bat, that India is the most diverse country in the world. It’s true. I’ve lived here for almost 19 years and I still feel like I know this minuscule part of Indian Culture and that every day I learn something new about this great nation. For every tradition and practice you think you know, there’ll probably be three more lurking in the shadows.
I grew up watching the Ramayana on DVD player every Monday afternoon as my mother attended a fourteen year-long Pooja (a religious ritual) for the health of her family, I learnt about Buddhism and Gautama Buddha through a comic I borrowed from my library, I learnt that it was tradition for the bride’s sisters to steal the groom’s shoes during the pheras and had the right to demand presents before the groom left with their sister. Mostly, I learnt from my family and all the stories they had to tell me and the books they used to help me understand better.
The Ramayana and The Mahabharata form two great legends in Hinduism with Brahma, the creator, Vishnu the operator and Shiva, the destroyer, Buddhism and Jainism with its non-violence and simple lifestyles, Islam, Zoroastrianism and Sikhism are some of India’s main religions and within each of these there are divisions and subdivisions that Indians classify themselves into. Whether it’s your own religion or someone else’s, you’ll always find something new to learn.
Indian culture being represented in young adult books in on the rise. You have Roshani Chokshi, Sandhya Menon, Aditi Khorana, Mitali Perkins and Breeana Shields to name a few authors who, over the last two years have released a book that highlights Indian culture.
The Library of Fates, Aditi Khorana’s sophomore novel has been on my to-read list ever since it was announced. An actual fantasy book, steeped in Indian culture that also involves A Library of All Things, an oracle and a romance? I knew I’d read it even before I finished reading the description.
This book has an ancient kingdom that’s based half on India and half on Macedonia, vetalas (of the Vikram and Vetal stories) a powerful friendship between a princess and an oracle and a journey so rich in folklore that you can only read to truly appreciate and experience.
I promise you, diving into this bit of Indian culture will astound you, just as it will be sure to astound me – that’s just how much this country and all its history and tradition have to offer you. So dive into this fantasy perfect for fans of The Star Touched Queen and I’m sure it will be one for the legends.
About the Author
Aditi Khorana spent parts of her childhood in India, Denmark, and New England. She has a BA in international relations from Brown University and an MA in global media and communications from the Annenberg School for Communication. She has worked as a journalist at ABC News, CNN, and PBS, and most recently as a marketing executive consulting for various Hollywood studios including Fox, Paramount, and Sony. She is also the author of Mirror in the Sky. She lives in Los Angeles and spends her free time reading, hiking, and exploring LA’s eclectic and wonderful architecture. For more information, visit aditikhorana.com.
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