the library of fates – aditi khorana | review

The Library of Fates by Aditi Khorana
Published July 18th 2017 by Razorbill
Genre: fantasy, young adult, romance, indian mythology, ownvoices

rating: ★★★★


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 in awe. when i first started the book, i didn’t know what to expect. along the way, there were some predictable parts but i was still fascinated by the entire myth and history of the world. at the end of it all, i was blown away. it’s one of those books that i couldn’t figure out the ending because everything was open-ended and ambiguous. magic provided an infinite amount of chances and possibilities that there isn’t a sure way. but i loved it. the ending tore me apart, just a little bit, but seeing how everything had panned out, i was happy with it. the writing was beautiful. aditi khorana created a rich and vast world with indian folklore sprinkled into it, and thus, making it a beautiful #ownvoices novel.

throughout the novel, amrita was doubtful about herself and was full of skepticism when it came to myths. she didn’t really believe in magic nor did she think that the vetalas and the diviners are real. they were just stories she had heard. aditi khorana spun a beautiful story about fate. she always emphasised how the future is never clear and there are multiple outcomes depending on one’s actions. nothing is ever set in stone, not even a seer can predict the future exactly. amrita was selfless and brave, she did things that i would never have the courage to do which was why i really admired her growth.

❝ We forget our past in order to begin again. And there are things we must lose in order for us to gain anything.❞

since the library of faith focused a lot on amrita’s journey to change her current reality, amrita holds the spotlight. the side characters fell a little flat for me. thala, a seer, was with amrita the whole time. despite having disagreements and quarrels, they’ve helped and supported each other during tough times during their journey. the romance was a little lacking but i wasn’t bothered about it.

it took me less than a day to finish the book because i just wanted to know what was going to happen next. if you’d like to read about a character altering fate, a culturally-rich world built upon indian mythology, and engaging writing, you’re in for a treat with the library of fates.

7 thoughts on “the library of fates – aditi khorana | review”

  1. I’ve been eyeing this particular book for over a year now, and for some reason, I haven’t been motivated to get to it. But after reading your review, it’s definitely bumped up as a must-read! I’m really interested in learning more Indian folklore. Amazing review!


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