The Tiger at Midnight (The Tiger at Midnight Trilogy, #1) by Swati Teerdhala

The Tiger at Midnight (The Tiger at Midnight Trilogy, #1)

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

Details The Tiger at Midnight (The Tiger at Midnight Trilogy, #1)

TitleThe Tiger at Midnight (The Tiger at Midnight Trilogy, #1)
Release DateApr 23rd, 2019
PublisherKatherine Tegen Books
GenreFantasy, Young Adult, Young Adult Fantasy, Romance

Reviews The Tiger at Midnight (The Tiger at Midnight Trilogy, #1)

  • Angelica
    This book was... ok. Nothing more. Nothing less. It was just ok. That was the problem.I spent the entire time reading just wishing to fully dive into the story and not being able to. This isn't a bad book. There is nothing blatantly wrong with the novel. My issue isn't even a specific issue, but rather a collection of small things that kept accumulating and rubbing me the wrong way.Something that didn't allow me to fully dive into the story was t...
  • Brittney ~ Reverie and Ink
    Sooo I'm a little biased here, because Swati is actually my writing mentor and a lovely person - but I REALLY loved this book (and I would have loved it just as much even if I didn't know her personally)! If you know anything about me, you know I'm a huge fan of the cat and mouse trope - and heated banter. Like please give me all the heated banter forever and ever amen. So with that said, my heart was so giddy over Kunal and Esha! They are my chi...
  • Vibur
    The Tiger At Midnight was… alright. Just. Alright. The writing was in this strange area between good and hmmm. The author strung together some admittedly beautiful descriptions, but there were a few bewildering turns of phrase as well. Oh, I guess she was attempting to spin a poetic metaphor of sorts here and there, but what we got instead was moreso a random bunch of words slapped together. On top of that, there was the occasional modern term ...
  • Umairah | Sereadipity
    Plot: 3/5 Characters: 3/5 Writing: 4/5The Tiger at Midnight was one of my most anticipated debuts of 2019, however, it sadly fell a bit flat for me. It was just so... average. I felt like I had read it all before.Let's start with the positives. The world building was excellently done and I loved finding out more about the different places. The imagery of sprawling rainforests contrasted with bustling cities was a delight to the senses.The book wa...
  • Katie.dorny
    I think me and ya fantasy may need to part ways soon.This followed every stereotypical plot line nuance and fulfilled every trope to perfection.Nothing excited me, interested me or surprised me in this book.Some of the writing regarding the world building was enjoyable - but the characters were mostly insufferable due to their cookie cutter personas.I’ve read the same book in a different setting repeatedly in the last few years. Now I’m bored...
  • Aila
    To put into perspective:I started this book around 1 am. I finished at 6 am and am up writing this review (full one to come closer to publication) because I just cannot stop gushing about it. Definitely add this one to your TBR's, fantasy lovers!The Tiger at Midnight immediately caught my attention with its gorgeous cover. Before I knew it, the writing sucked me in, and after I got to meet the characters, I was thoroughly ensnared in its pages. T...
  • Vicky Who Reads
    weeeeOOOWWWW i'm so glad I have this on preorder (and it's coming on Tuesday!!!) because that was amazing??? 1) actually good romantic tension gimme gimme2) lush worlds!!! so much!!!3) if you've seen pictures of the hardcover, it's got this GORGEOUS super shiny gold spine that makes me swoooooon. *grabby hands*
  • Hollis
    Coming in at almost five hundred pages in my physical ARC, I thought this would be a book I'd have to chip away at for a day or two. But THE TIGER AT MIDNIGHT was such an easy read and I devoured it in only a few hours. That said, I'm not entirely sure this is a fantasy that's going to stick with me. Also arg another trilogy I'm going to have to keep track of amongst all the other things I read.. #bookishproblemsAnyway, I was drawn to this story ...
  • Natasha Ngan
    A deliciously twisty cat-and-mouse story that had me racing through the pages. I love stories that challenge their protagonists' beliefs, and both Esha and Kunal face complex, heart-breaking decisions in their journey to discover both themselves and each other.
  • steph ♥
    Three words: Overhyped and unoriginal (which describes 90% of the YA fantasies released this year to be honest)
  • Dani ❤️ Perspective of a Writer
    Check out more reviews @ Perspective of a Writer...The BuzzI heard nothing about The Tiger at Midnight! I've not even seen reviews of it... I hope my review can spur on some buzz... because it totally deserves the attention!!My ExperienceIt was quite easy to be pulled into the war torn world of The Tiger at Midnight. The opening scene is delightful and gives you a real taste of what is to come... because its flirting, sparring, one upping and eve...
  • Swati
    I am SO excited to share THE TIGER AT MIDNIGHT with you all in just a few months! Keep an eye out here for more regular updates. ;)A little Author's Note: Whenever I'd go to India to visit my grandparents as a child, they'd tell me tales from our Hindu mythology – of honorable warriors and strong queens, star-crossed romances and epic battles. These stories fueled my imagination and showed me that there was rarely pure good or evil in the world...
  • Mogsy (MMOGC)
    4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum really enjoyed this. Inspired by the culture of ancient India and Hindu mythology, The Tiger at Midnight by Swati Teerdhala features a cat-and-mouse game of deception and thrills between a rebel assassin and the reluctant young soldier tasked to bring her to justice.Years ago, when Esha was a child, she and her family lived a happy existence at the palace where they were ...
  • Sepani
    OK.The book was Ok.The disappointment was that I felt nothing new in the story; that i have read a similar kind of a story before. It seemed to be that the story line was not original. The positive point is that the story was an easy read. Since this book is the start of a trilogy, I hope the other remaining books will be much more productive with the story line.
  • ʙᴇʟʟᴀ.: ☾**:.☆*.:。.
    The Tiger at the Midnight (title which you'll only understand its meaning at the very end of the book) is an Indian Mythology inspired story about two enemy kingdoms but is a character-driven plot. Meet Esha, a girl which happens to be also the Viper: a lethal, legendary assassin. Esha is a morally grey character that works for a greater purpose. Then, meet our hero, Kunal, a soldier which happens to be the nephew of Esha's new target. Kunal and ...
  • Kelly Brigid ♡
    “Never greet a tiger at midnight, for they are the manifestations of your past misdeeds.” No one is more disappointed than I, that I didn’t love this one. The Tiger at Midnight was my most anticipated debut of the year, so my expectations for it were wildly out of proportion. It has many elements that are wonderful on their own, but fail to work in harmony with each other. The romance, pacing, and plot are pieces from differing puzzles that...
  • julianna ➹
    yes, I will be thinking about Kunal and Esha every single day for the rest of my life. what about it The randomness of fate once again struck her as being the ultimate cruelty and blessing of the gods. It seemed Kunal truly was her tiger at midnight, there to collect on her missteps. The old folktales never lied. Y'all, apparently this is a whopping 487 pages??? But it truly, seriously only felt like about 300 pages to me?? And I sped through thi...
  • Lata
    4.5 stars. I was surprised by this book. I went in with low expectations. No fears. This book did not disappoint me. It was just what I needed. I really enjoyed Swati Teedhala's writing, from her characterizations to the world she had created for this book. The political, cultural and mythological backgrounds of this story are well defined, and it was so great to see a non-Western basis for a fantasy. (I wish I knew what political period in India...
  • julia ♥
    read the full review on my blog: here! "Never greet a tiger at midnight, for they are the manifestations of your past misdeeds."The Tiger at Midnight is yet another highly anticipated 2019 favorite of mine, which is why, as soon as I received my copy I started reading. I highly enjoyed the atmosphere, the characters and most of the plot, so let's dig into this review!What is this book about?Esha, the legendary assassin by the name of the Viper is...
  • Ari
    2.5 starsHave no idea what’s happening to me, I don’t seem to get lost in any story these days. This one started so well - like a mix between Legend and An Ember in the Ashes. But my enthusiasm did not last long. Silly mistakes, convenient coincidences, strange decisions, characters switching sides just because they fall for each other.. I did like the overal story, the idea behind it, but not the actual execution. It could have been polished...
  • Ails
    5 STARS "A truce. No killing you in your sleep, soldier. You let me live and I did the same. Now catch me if you can." PLOT - 5WRITING STYLE - 5CHARACTERS - 5ROMANCE - 5 (I would have swooned more if the male protagonist had been more... alpha. But I still think it's a great romance so I'm giving it a 5.)UNPUTDOWNABLE LEVEL - 5This is one of those books I’m sure majority of my YA-fantasy-lover friends will love! I have a feeling this is going...
  • Samm | Sassenach the Book Wizard
    How is there not more talk about this book?! I'm insanely impressed with this debut! The nonstop cat and mouse game + sexual tension was EXACTLY what my body and soul needed. There was no toying around with the attraction the way a lot of YA enemies to lovers go. I am...shocked to say I also enjoyed this triangle thing. I just want more! My only beef with this is I didn't see much of a peek in terms of plot. It's definitely a "setting things up f...
  • Jenna
    When I met the amazing author of this book at an event, she talked about seeing yourself in the protagonist, and how that helps you understand and love the story. Whether that is race, gender, or personality, I personally agree."The Tiger At Midnight" is the start of an epic fantasy trilogy about a rebel and a soldier on opposite sides and their as described by others, "cat and mouse game".I really enjoyed this book, because although I am not muc...
  • Shealea
    I’m really, really soft for these characters, okay. And the romantic development in this book? Swati Teerdhala writes tension so phenomenally well! Julianna and I just ate it all up. IT WAS GREAT! Kunal and Esha are explosive together.Although The Tiger at Midnight greatly deviated from my expectations, I found myself thoroughly enjoying the almost literal cat-and-mouse chase across a brutally damaged fantasy land. I liked the elements of India...
  • Roseanne Brown
    THE TIGER AT MIDNIGHT is without a doubt one of the best fantasy books I have ever read. Get ready to fall in love with Kunal, Esha, and a lush world as beautiful as it is dangerous. Swati's prose will have you laughing and crying and swooning, often in the same scene, and these characters stay wih long after you turn the page. 2019 can't come soon enough!
  •  Vanessa B. ☽♡
    3,5 starsAnother average rating in my most anticipated books of the year.. As you can imagine I feel sad! I'm starting to believe that I am just too weird and difficult to satisfy.. The story was good, the characters very likeable, the writing and world building very well done, but nothing was new and I think that in some cases it was repetitive. The story is about two countries that in the past, they were peaceful and close with each other and n...