Title: The Library of Fates
Author: Aditi Khorana
Released: 18 July 2017
Favorite quote: “Far out in the distance, snow covering the mountaintops glistened like a gilded scrim sparkling in the early evening light.”
This novel just popped up on my goodreads wall one day because a friend had added it to their list. Fantasy, myth, romance… What’s not to love? When it came out, my brother went and bought it for me out of the goodness of his heart.
Very quickly, let me just say that it’s impossible for me to choose a single favorite quote from this book, so the one listed is just one of the many that I love. Why? Because every line of The Library of Fates was crafted with such care and detail that the words on the pages turn into striking paintings with ease.
This is just a pretty book. Maybe that sounds childish, but you’ll understand when you read it. It’s just pretty. All of it.
For the first ten or so chapters, I really thought that this was an “Aladdin” retelling, so something similar. Online, however, no one seemed to think the same, and I kept wondering why. Well, after continuing on, I realized that it was nothing like it. There are similarities to familiar stories in the beginning, but that changes drastically as it progresses. So would I still consider this a retelling? Absolutely not.
It’s original. I haven’t read much about other cultures, though I’ve tried desperately to more recently. That being said, it was an original novel to me. It wasn’t something that I could easily tie to a hundred other books in a matter of moments. Instead, it dripped of originality and grace and beauty and power and faith and thousands of other descriptions that fit it perfectly. Sure, all of these things can be applied to thousands of other books with the same hero-on-journey plot, but it’s the way in which it was written that makes the story come to life!
I recommend it. No qualifying that statement necessary. I recommend it to anyone and everyone.