Book: The Tiger at Midnight
Author: Swati Teerdhala
Year published: 2019
- Plot: 3/5
- Characters: 3/5
- Writing: 4/5
- Overall: 3/5
The 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 was about two warring countries called Jansa and Dharka. Esha was an infamous Dharkan rebel assassin who went by the name, ‘The Viper,’ and was tasked with killing a Jansan army commander. Kunal was a Jansan soldier tasked with capturing The Viper.
I felt like I was trapped in a time loop for most of the book because it was so repetitive and consisted of the same events happening again and again with slight variations. There were three stages.
(1) Kunal finds Esha who he knew was The Viper and was supposed to capture.
(2) Instead of capturing her, he has a nice little chat with her while he admires her gorgeous hair and chestnut eyes and she marvels at his beautiful eyes and his extraordinary kindness.
(3) Esha escapes and Kunal lets her have a head start before resuming his pursuit of her once again.
It was very frustrating because they both had responsibilities and tasks they had to accomplish but instead they were running around in circles all over Jansa whilst making heart eyes at each other. Don’t get me wrong, they made a very adorable pair but I just wished there was more variety in their story.
Also, Esha was supposedly a ruthless assassin but she doesn’t really kill anyone or do anything particularly ruthless that would have earned her the level of notoriety she supposedly had. Her character wasn’t very believable.
The plot did become a bit more interesting near the end but the problem was, I found all of the plot twists so underwhelming that the effect was lost on me.
Nevertheless, I feel like the way this book ended means that the next book has the potential to be really good. I want to read the next book in the series and, hopefully, I will enjoy it more!
Thank you to Katherine Tegen Books and Swati Teerdhala for providing me with a digital arc of this book via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.