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Book Review: The Ivory Key by Akshaya Raman (ARC)

"Magic, a prized resource, is the only thing between peace and war. When magic runs out, four estranged royal siblings must find a new source before their country is swallowed by invading forces. The first in an Indian-inspired duology.

Vira is desperate to get out of her mother’s shadow and establish her legacy as a revered queen of Ashoka. But with the country’s only quarry running out of magic–a precious resource that has kept Ashoka safe from conflict–she can barely protect her citizens from the looming threat of war. And if her enemies discover this, they’ll stop at nothing to seize the last of the magic.

Vira’s only hope is to find a mysterious object of legend: the Ivory Key, rumored to unlock a new source of magic. But in order to infiltrate enemy territory and retrieve it, she must reunite with her siblings, torn apart by the different paths their lives have taken. Each of them has something to gain from finding the Ivory Key–and even more to lose if they fail. Ronak plans to sell it to the highest bidder in exchange for escape from his impending political marriage. Kaleb, falsely accused of assassinating the former maharani needs it to clear his name. And Riya, a runaway who cut all family ties, wants the Key to prove her loyalty to the rebels who want to strip the nobility of its power.

They must work together to survive the treacherous journey. But with each sibling harboring secrets and their own agendas, the very thing that brought them together could tear apart their family–and their world–for good."

Pages: 384


I received The Ivory Key by Akshaya Raman for free in exchange for an honest review. Thank you so much to the lovely Eleanor & Hot key Books YA for my copy and for having me on the tour! The Ivory Key is available on GoodReads and Amazon!

First of all, I just have to say that I think this is one of the prettiest books I’ve seen! I mean just look at that gorgeous cover!

Gosh where do I even start - this book was INCREDIBLE! I was hooked from the first page and didn’t want to put it down. I know we’re early into 2022 but this is definitely going to be one of my top favourites for the year!

The worldbuilding was sensational and so richly detailed! I loved seeing how magic was such an integral part of their everyday lives and the history of why it is so important to them and why they need to save it. There was so much dynamic action that made it such a gripping read. Plus the puzzles throughout the book were so interesting and fun! They added such a fun layer to the story!

And the characters! I love these characters so much! If you love a chaotic sibling dynamic as much as I do then you need this book! The multi-POV was executed perfectly and really worked to help the reader get to know each sibling intimately. I really enjoyed how the sibling bond was a central theme to the story. I loved how they each had their own agenda and you were always guessing if they were going to follow through with their true intentions.

The chapter lengths were absolutely perfect for me and I loved the LGBTQIA+ representation! The storyline was so interesting and unique and the writing was so beautiful, I have so many quotes I want to tab that just made my heart sing! I can’t wait to visit these characters again!

The Ivory Key is a fast paced adventure full of magic, secrets and the strength of a family bond. It was an absolutely fantastic read!

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