The Tiger at Midnight
Author: Swati Teerdhala
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Sparkling with breathtaking action and sweeping romance, the first book in Swati Teerdhala's debut South Indian inspired fantasy trilogy follows one rebel girls mission to assassinate a ruthless general only to have her heart captured by a greater force.
Esha is a legend, but no one knows. Its only in the shadows that she moonlights as the Viper, the rebels highly skilled assassin. Shes devoted her life to avenging what she lost in the royal coup, and now shes 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 only been growing 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 their game transforms into a breathless chase of impossible attraction, both the soldier and the rebel must decide where their loyalties lie: with the lives they've killed to hold on to or with the love that's made them dream of something more?