The Friday 56: Tiger at Midnight by Swati Teerdhala

The Friday 56 is a weekly blog meme hosted by Freda’s Voice. Join us every Friday and share an excerpt from a book you’ve been reading.


*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader.
*Find any sentence (or a few, just don’t spoil it) that grab you.
*Post it.
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      “There was no attempt at subterfuge or diversion; it was a cold-blooded act. The killer wanted us to know what they had done. In fact, they left this.”
      With a flick of disgust, the commander pulled a whip out of his pocket and tossed it on the ground. Its metal hilt, emblazoned with dual snakes, clanged against the marble floor, the sound echoing throughout the cavernous hall.

Today I am spotlighting my current read, The Tiger at Midnight by Swati Teerdhala. It’s a cat and mouse game between a female assassin and a soldier hunting her. I am loving every interaction between these and am very intrigued by the magical elements in this story. Cover is linked to Goodreads.

From the Goodreads Synopsis:

      “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.
      Inspired by ancient Indian history and Hindu mythology.”

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