Get acquainted with the fierce characters from THE LIBRARY OF FATES by Aditi Khorana!
We’re thrilled to be kicking off the blog tour for Aditi Khorana‘s The Library of Fates, a rich, winding fantasy seeped in Indian folklore. There’s some incredible world building in this novel, but on top of that, there are a slew of characters that you’re going to fall in love with. Today, we’re going to introduce you to diverse cast of characters who make this story so special!
Amrita – The Princess of Shalingar is clever, kind, and a bit sheltered, but Amrita loves her father’s kingdom. In fact, she’s willing to sacrifice herself as a bride to a foreign despot, Sikander, to keep the peace in Shalingar. Amrita doesn’t believe in myths or luck, so she’s ready to take a tough, practical route– even if it means losing her family and the only boy she’s ever cared for. But when disaster strikes, Amrita finds herself on the run. It’s then that she realizes she may be uniquely qualified to save Shalingar, but the path won’t be easy.
Sikander – The powerful emperor of Macedon was once best friends with Amrita’s father. Now, he’s a devastating conqueror overtaking the surrounding nations, and it seems there are no limits to his cruelty. When he comes to Shalingar to collect his bride-to-be and negotiate trade, Amrita’s kingdom is ready to work with him despite their unease, but it seems there’s nothing anyone can do to quell his dark intentions.
Chandradev – Amrita’s father and ruler of Shalingar. Once a friend of Sikander, he’s witnessed the conqueror’s terrible transformation. Though he loves his daughter very much, he’s been keeping some big secrets from her– like the story of her mother’s life and his history with Sikander. By the time he’s willing to open up about what lead his relationship to Sikander to this tense, fearful, it may be too late for his people.
Arjun – The son of her father’s top advisor, Arjun has been Amrita’s best friend since childhood. Incredibly thoughtful and a warrior at heart, Arjun has much to offer his kingdom. But more recently, Arjun and Amrita’s feelings have developed into something greater. All that is threatened by Amrita’s engagement to Sikander and the political threats on the kingdom.
Mala – Amrita’s sassy lady-in-waiting who has served as a mother figure to her since childhood. She’s been in the palace since Amrita first arrived and cares for the girl deeply. She’s warm and open-hearted with a dash of authority, existing in the thin line between servant and friend.
Thala – A young oracle enslaved by Sikander since childhood, Thala is given to Amrita as a wedding gift. She sees the impending doom coming to the kingdom, but she doesn’t have the ability to change anything. A slave for most of her life, Thala is mainly out to save herself, but finds herself linked to Amrita in one of the darkest moments of the princess’s life. The dreamer to Amrita’s more practical thinker, it’s Thala who first tells Amrita about The Library of All Things– a place where they can go to change their destiny and reverse the terrors brought upon them.
Sybillines – A mystery ancient tribe living in the eastern mountains of Shalingar, very few people have ever been in contact with the Sybillines. Their caves are winding and deadly, and they can only be found if they want to. However, they also produce and control the release of chamak, a powerful but potentially deadly drug that’s coveted throughout society. Among its uses, it can greatly enhance the power of oracles.
Varun – On their journey, Amrita and Thala meet a strange boy who is a devotee of the goddess Maya The Diviner, who bridged the gap between mortals and ghost-like spirits known as vetala and can heal her followers, according to mythology. Amrita feels a connection to Varun as he shares myths and stories through part of their journey, but will his knowledge of alleged magic in the world help Amrita and Thala when they need it most?
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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?
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Aditi Khorana spent parts of her childhood in India, Denmark, and New England. She has a BA in international relations from Brown University and an MA in global media and communications from the Annenberg School for Communication. She has worked as a journalist at ABC News, CNN, and PBS, and most recently as a marketing executive consulting for various Hollywood studios including Fox, Paramount, and Sony. She is also the author of Mirror in the Sky. She lives in Los Angeles and spends her free time reading, hiking, and exploring LA’s eclectic and wonderful architecture. For more information, visit aditikhorana.com.