Out on April 23, 2019 from Harper Collins
THE TIGER AT MIDNIGHT is a thrilling debut, with a high-stakes cat and mouse game reminiscent of LEGEND and the lush world building of AN EMBER IN THE ASHES.
Esha is a legend, but no one knows. It’s only in the shadows that she moonlights as the Viper, the rebels’ highly skilled assassin. She’s devoted her life to avenging what she lost in the royal coup, and now she’s been tasked with her most important mission to date: taking down the ruthless General Hotha.
Kunal has been a soldier since childhood, training morning and night to uphold the power of King Vardaan. His uncle, the general, has ensured that Kunal never strays from the path—even as a part of Kunal longs to join the outside world, which has been growing only more volatile.
Then Esha’s and Kunal’s paths cross—and an unimaginable chain of events unfolds. Both the Viper and the soldier think they’re calling the shots, but they’re not the only players moving the pieces. As the bonds that hold their land in order break down and the sins of the past meet the promise of a new future, both rebel and soldier must make unforgivable choices.
Drawing inspiration from ancient Indian history and Hindu mythology, the first book in Swati Teerdhala’s debut fantasy trilogy captivates with electric romance, stunning action, and the fierce bonds that hold people together—and that drive them apart.
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“Cat-and-mouse maneuvering between assassin Esha and reluctant soldier Kunal will hold you in tantalizing suspense in this searing debut exploring love, loss, and destiny. The Tiger at Midnight is as alluring and fearless as its characters. You won't be disappointed.”
Stacey Lee, award winning author of OUTRUN THE MOON
"A deliciously twisty cat-and-mouse story that had me racing through the pages. I love stories that challenge their protagonists' beliefs, and both Esha and Kunal face complex, heart-breaking decisions in their journey to discover both themselves and each other."
Natasha Ngan, NYT Bestselling Author of GIRLS OF PAPER AND FIRE
“Follow Esha and Kunal on a dangerous journey through lush jungles and bustling cities, where the stakes are life and death and victory comes at a terrible price. Teerdhala has written a masterful debut full of breathless twists and turns and a romance to ignite the senses. Fair warning, The Tiger at Midnight will steal your heart.”
Axie Oh, author of REBEL SEOUL
“…Teerdhala's debut, immersed in Indian fantasy, features two compelling protagonists who must question their loyalties and decide what they're willing to sacrifice for the chance at a new future. Fast-paced action and a budding romance between emotionally layered characters make this a promising start to a gripping new series.”
“[A] lush blend of folklore, fantasy, and romance…”
“…Teerdhala adds plenty of surprises to her finely limned characters to produce a lush fantasy.”