Do you ever just get thrust back into the busy life and get so overwhelmed that all you want to do at the end of the day is crawl into bed and not move? Because that is exactly how I feel now that I’ve finally started my spring semester (if I ever complain about having too much time off, please feel free to remind me of this moment) but I couldn’t resist the chance to put The Archer’s Heart by Astrid Amara out there as part of this week’s topic for Book Travelling Thursdays: ‘Choose an underhyped book that you think everyone should read’
Book Traveling Thursdays is a weekly meme created by Cátia @ The Girl Who Read Too Much and Danielle @ Danielle’s Book Blog. The goal is to share the covers of a book related to that week’s theme, which you can check out in the Goodreads group, indicating the original cover, the one of your country, your favourite and least favourite.
This is one of my favourite books of 2015, so imagine how astonished I was when I discovered it was so underhyped that it only had 2 editions! Honestly speaking, the writing, the characters, and the world in this book are fantastic; I cannot recommend it enough, especially if you’ve read The Song of Achilles and would like to read something similar.
Original (and only) Cover
In the ancient kingdom of Marhavad, noblemen dominate the lower castes, wielding mystic weapons, known as shartas, against any who oppose them. For generations the rule of Marhavad’s kings has been absolute. But now the line of succession is divided, and whispers of revolution are heard in even the royal palace.
Keshan Adaru, an outspoken man of unearthly charms, welcomes these changes. All his life he has foreseen an uprising that will shatter the castes and end the tyranny of the old laws. His visions have driven him but now, at the brink of their fulfillment, he finds himself obsessed with Prince Jandu Paran– a man whose entire family must be destroyed if the kingdom is to be freed.
Tarek Amia would gladly see Jandu Paran brought low. Born the son of a charioteer, Tarek has no love for the royal princes who have slighted and insulted him all his life. Only Keshan’s philosophies have elevated him from the brutal ranks of common soldiers. Tarek owes Keshan his devotion, but he is a pragmatic man and when he discovers Keshan’s reckless affair he realizes that Keshan may have to be sacrificed for the sake of his own revolution.
Young Prince Jandu Paran has never concerned himself with court intrigue. His life has been dedicated to the lordly art of archery and mastering the immense powers of the shartas. Handsome and arrogant, he is sure that no man can surpass him and yet Keshan Adaru’s mere touch brings Jandu to his knees. But his desire for Keshan is more than forbidden; it threatens to destroy Jandu’s pride, position and family. In the midst of this turmoil, an unspeakable event forces Jandu to redefine the meaning of honor and loyalty.
And now, as armies arise to war, each man must decide where his allegiance lies and what he will sacrifice in his heart and on the battlefield.