The Library of Fates follows the story of Amrita, our protagonist, as she struggles with the sacrifices she must make for her kingdom. Quickly, however, Amrita’s kingdom falls victim to an imperialistic emperor and Amrita is forced to flee. Amrita, now on the run with an oracle named Thala, finds herself thrust into a desperate journey to find the Library of All Things, a possibly fictitious destination. If real, the Library of All Things has the potential to reverse their lives and change their fates. Amrita and Thala are forced on a perilous journey where they must overcome fantastical feats and tyrannical rulers to secure their future and their past.
Library of Fates begins with political intrigue, that while interesting can be a little flat. There is no shortage of action in the beginning, all of which lays an important foundation for the rest of the novel, but I didn’t find myself truly invested in the story until about the 100-page mark. I can recall the exact scene where this book really took a great turn for me, and from that point forward I was thoroughly hooked on this gorgeous story.
I found all of the characters enjoyable to read. The book is told in a manner reminiscent of classic fairytales, which makes for a beautiful and enchanting read. However, due to the nature of the writing, there is a small feeling of disconnect from the characters. I only felt a true connection to Amrita and Thala. This isn’t a complaint or a criticism, as I felt it contributed to some of the profoundness and grace of the book. The separation from the characters doesn’t adversely affect the body of work or the character development, but readers attached to a standard first person story-telling style may not enjoy the story as much because of it.
The Library of Fates is elegantly told in beautiful prose. I found the writing and story-telling exquisite throughout. The sense of fantasy, atmosphere and lore is creates a lush. magical atmosphere.
I loved the way the book ended. Everything, even the most intricate detail, was wrapped up just perfectly. I thought everything about the way the story unfolded was poignant, fascinating and beautifully-written. I couldn’t have asked for a better ending to such an exquisite book.
I whole-heartedly recommend this to everyone, especially fans of fables and fairytales. If you liked The Bear and The Nightingale by Katherine Arden or The Star Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi, I believe you’ll love this book. Similarly, if you enjoyed this book you may want to check either/both of those out.
Rating: 5/5 Stars