The Oleander Sword by Tasha Suri- book review

The Oleander Sword by Tasha Suri features three amazingly complex women. Here is my review of one of my favourite reads of the year.

Perfect for Fans of

Indian inspired fantasy featuring strong and complex women.

Series : Burning Kingdoms Book 2

Publication Date 18 August

Genre Fantasy

The prophecy of the nameless god – the words that declared Malini the rightful empress of Parijatdvipa – has proven a blessing and curse. She is determined to claim the throne that fate offered her. But even with the strength of the rage in her heart and the army of loyal men by her side, deposing her brother is going to be a brutal and bloody fight.
The power of the deathless waters flows through Priya’s blood. Thrice born priestess, Elder of Ahiranya, Priya’s dream is to see her country rid of the rot that plagues it: both Parijatdvipa’s poisonous rule, and the blooming sickness that is slowly spreading through all living things. But she doesn’t yet understand the truth of the magic she carries.
Their chosen paths once pulled them apart. But Malini and Priya’s souls remain as entwined as their destinies. And they soon realize that coming together is the only way to save their kingdom from those who would rather see it burn – even if it will cost them.


The Oleander Sword by Tasha Suri continues the stories of three amazingly complex and morally greyish women after the events of The Jasmine Throne. 

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I received a copy of this book for a free and unbiased opinion.

Malini, Priya and Bhumika continue to remain, women who will do anything to achieve their goals and I love the fact they have no guilt. Malini and Priya continue to have a complex relationship and while I am not a fan of romance in general- I did find their forbidden love sweet. I thought there wasn’t much character development with Priya and Malini but Bhumika has developed into a selfless leader and is definitely the most interesting of the three women.

The world-building is vivid and the descriptions of food just made me hungry every time the author described another delicacy. 

The mythology of the Yaksha is explored in more detail and it is definitely more intriguing than the ongoing political battles between Malini and her brother Chandra but just by a bit.

The book has plenty of magic, battles, romance and drama and an explosive ending.

I can’t wait to read book three.

Content warning

Child abduction, immolation.


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