Author: Nisha J. Tuli
Publisher: Second Sky
Publication Date: 15 September 2023
Format: eBook - PDF
Genre: Fantasy Romance
Source: ARC via NetGalley
For years, Zarya has been trapped in a gilded prison. Her magic is forbidden, a dangerous secret—though nobody will explain why. Now she is ready to break free and find the truth.
Escaping to the dazzling city of Dharati, Zarya discovers a new world of enchantment and intrigue. With the help of seductive, blood-drinking rakshasa and magic-weaving Aazheri sorcerers, she searches for answers.
But the city is under siege. Every night, dark creatures attack. And since Zarya’s arrival they are growing stronger. To protect her new home, Zarya joins the fight.
As she battles on the walls and hunts through libraries for clues about her gifts, Zarya’s dreams are haunted by a mysterious stranger. Powerful, arrogant and handsome, Rabin sees through her secrets and ignites a desire she cannot resist. But can he be trusted?
When darkness threatens to overwhelm Dharati, Zarya is faced with a deadly choice. Will revealing her magic save the city? Or destroy everything she loves?
Heart of Night and Fire was a middling read for me. On the plus side, I loved the blending of Indian mythology into the narrative and the premise had a lot of promise. However, the execution, particularly at the start of the book, caused some problems. The meeting between the main characters felt forced, there were some inconsistencies in the plot, and the characters lacked depth and interest, so I never really engaged with any of them on anything more than a cursory level. The narrative structure did improve a bit later in the book, but I still found Zarya hard to relate to or empathise with. If given the opportunity to read on, I would give the second book a try, but I will not be racing out to buy it. Therefore, I am giving this book three stars. It's worth a look if you a keen to try out some fantasy based on different folklore and mythology.
I received this book as a free eBook ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.