Heart of Night and Fire - Nisha J. Tuli
A spicy and entertaining epic fantasy based on Indian culture and mythology.
Heart of Night and Fire is the first volume of The Nightfire Quartet series. This highly promising story is sure to delight readers of the genre. It has everything from elemental magic, a variety of races and creatures, romance, to a few erotic scenes, and it's sprinkled here and there with comic moments.
There is a good sense of character development in this novel, and not all of the characters are likable. The story is sometimes confusing and for those not familiar with Asian lore and name styles, it can be a little difficult to follow, especially in the audiobook version. Despite this, readers can gain a better understanding of the characters as they make their way through the story, and there are some unexpected twists and turns along the way.
Overall, the plot is highly engaging, full of drama, and not easily predictable. Readers of epic fantasy will catch on to some elements found in other stories that might have inspired the author, for example, The Witcher, A Court of Thorns and Roses, and The Wheel of Time. They're very subtle. But these elements don't overshadow the overall story, which remains unique and memorable in its own right.
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Publisher: Second Sky (September 12, 2023)
Paperback: 368 pagesand
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