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In the concluding installment to the Wrath of Ambar duology from masterful author Tanaz Bhathena, Gul and Cavas must unite their magical forces―and hold onto their growing romance―to save their kingdom from tyranny. With King Lohar dead and a usurper queen in power, Gul and Cavas face a new tyrannical government that is bent on killing them both. Their roles in King Loh In the concluding installment to the Wrath of Ambar duology from masterful author Tanaz Bhathena, Gul and Cavas must unite their magical forces―and hold onto their growing romance―to save their kingdom from tyranny. With King Lohar dead and a usurper queen in power, Gul and Cavas face a new tyrannical government that is bent on killing them both. Their roles in King Lohar's death have not gone unnoticed, and the new queen is out for blood. What she doesn't know is that Gul and Cavas have a connection that runs deeper than romance, and together, they just might have the strength and magic to end her for good. Then a grave mistake ends with Cavas taken prisoner by the government. Gul must train an army of warriors alone. With alliances shifting and the thirst for vengeance growing, the fate of Ambar seems ever more uncertain. It will take every ounce of strength, love, and sacrifice for Gul and Cavas to reach their final goal―and build a more just world than they've ever known.


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In the concluding installment to the Wrath of Ambar duology from masterful author Tanaz Bhathena, Gul and Cavas must unite their magical forces―and hold onto their growing romance―to save their kingdom from tyranny. With King Lohar dead and a usurper queen in power, Gul and Cavas face a new tyrannical government that is bent on killing them both. Their roles in King Loh In the concluding installment to the Wrath of Ambar duology from masterful author Tanaz Bhathena, Gul and Cavas must unite their magical forces―and hold onto their growing romance―to save their kingdom from tyranny. With King Lohar dead and a usurper queen in power, Gul and Cavas face a new tyrannical government that is bent on killing them both. Their roles in King Lohar's death have not gone unnoticed, and the new queen is out for blood. What she doesn't know is that Gul and Cavas have a connection that runs deeper than romance, and together, they just might have the strength and magic to end her for good. Then a grave mistake ends with Cavas taken prisoner by the government. Gul must train an army of warriors alone. With alliances shifting and the thirst for vengeance growing, the fate of Ambar seems ever more uncertain. It will take every ounce of strength, love, and sacrifice for Gul and Cavas to reach their final goal―and build a more just world than they've ever known.

30 review for Rising Like a Storm

  1. 5 out of 5

    Tanaz

    April 2021: Hello friends! The preorder campaign for this book is now live! This year, along with receiving gorgeous swag, you also have the opportunity to purchase signed copies of the book from two great independent bookstores, Towne Book Center (USA) or The Book Wardrobe (Canada). If interested, please visit the following link for details: https://tanazbhathena.com/summerstorm/ May 2020: This book is officially written. 😈 April 2021: Hello friends! The preorder campaign for this book is now live! This year, along with receiving gorgeous swag, you also have the opportunity to purchase signed copies of the book from two great independent bookstores, Towne Book Center (USA) or The Book Wardrobe (Canada). If interested, please visit the following link for details: https://tanazbhathena.com/summerstorm/ May 2020: This book is officially written. 😈

  2. 5 out of 5

    Fanna

    ↣ digital copy received via the publicist. May 18, 2021: I mean, I did read the first book with lili so it's only fair to subject her, once again, to my incoherent messages while reading this sequel. January 29, 2021: Who just got an early copy of this? Me! 😭 I'm SO READY to read one of my most anticipated sequels of this year AHHH. October 02, 2020: THE COVER IS HERE OMG! If I don't get to read this asap, I swear I'll show the wrath of Fanna. August 17, 2020: I mean, after I loved Hunted By ↣ digital copy received via the publicist. May 18, 2021: I mean, I did read the first book with lili so it's only fair to subject her, once again, to my incoherent messages while reading this sequel. January 29, 2021: Who just got an early copy of this? Me! 😭 I'm SO READY to read one of my most anticipated sequels of this year AHHH. October 02, 2020: THE COVER IS HERE OMG! If I don't get to read this asap, I swear I'll show the wrath of Fanna. August 17, 2020: I mean, after I loved Hunted By The Sky so much, you can only expect me to sit here and do nothing except WAIT FOR THIS SEQUEL.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Mash

    Hunted by the Sky ★★★★★(4.5) “The sky has fallen, A star will rise!” Rising like a storm, Tanaz Bhathena This book was really good! Rising like a storm is the second and last instalment in The Wrath of Ambar duology by Tanaz Bhathena. This book continues to follow Gul and Cavas as they learn more about their magical connections and plan their fight against the new queen. This was a really well written novel and a great end to the series. The character development on both Gul and Cavas is excellent a Hunted by the Sky ★★★★★(4.5) “The sky has fallen, A star will rise!” Rising like a storm, Tanaz Bhathena This book was really good! Rising like a storm is the second and last instalment in The Wrath of Ambar duology by Tanaz Bhathena. This book continues to follow Gul and Cavas as they learn more about their magical connections and plan their fight against the new queen. This was a really well written novel and a great end to the series. The character development on both Gul and Cavas is excellent and left me quite happy. Their relationship was built up well and just really sweet in general. If you have read my review of Hunted by The Sky, then you know that I loved the setting of this book. Not only because I have the same background myself but also because of the cultural accuracy of these books. The medieval indian setting only got better in this second book. It makes me really happy to see authors take the time to ensure that the historical accuracy of their book is good (and it makes the book much better!) There is lots of pain in this book but (thankfully!) there was also joy and happiness. The ending left me satisfied and it was well deserved after all the stuff that Gul and Cavas go through. So, the main reason why I have rated this book 4 stars and not 5 was because of some of the events. For me, it felt like a lot of the same events were repeated (more or less in the same fashion), which made me want to skip through it a little but I didn’t because the writing was great. I think if the author described the actual events a little better it would have helped me distinguish between them and enjoy them better. Also, in the end, I still wanted a little more development between Cavas and Gul’s relationship but other than that, I loved this book! I recommend this book to anyone who read Hunted by the Sky and enjoyed it, this was a solid sequel! I recommend this series to fans of An Ember in The Ashes and City of brass. Thank you to NetGalley for this e(ARC) **Disclaimer** This is all personal opinion and is in no way intended to harass or offend anyone. If I do, I sincerely apologize (also, let me know so I can fix the offensive content, thank you!). Blog Pinterest

  4. 4 out of 5

    Erin

    Thanks to NetGalley and Penguin Random House Canada for an egalley in exchange for an honest review. The second book in The Wrath of Ambar Duology (the first book is #huntedbythesky )and one of my highly anticipated reads of #erinrossreads2021 didn't disappoint. As Gul, Cavas and a group of warriors prepare to wage war against a usurper Queen, they will find themselves tested. I do believe that I enjoyed this story even more than its predecessor and that was good too. Publication Date 22/06/21 Go Thanks to NetGalley and Penguin Random House Canada for an egalley in exchange for an honest review. The second book in The Wrath of Ambar Duology (the first book is #huntedbythesky )and one of my highly anticipated reads of #erinrossreads2021 didn't disappoint. As Gul, Cavas and a group of warriors prepare to wage war against a usurper Queen, they will find themselves tested. I do believe that I enjoyed this story even more than its predecessor and that was good too. Publication Date 22/06/21 Goodreads review published 03/07/21 #netgalley #goodreads #teachersandbooks #readersofinstagram #summerreading

  5. 4 out of 5

    bookwormbullet

    I really liked this ending to the Wrath of Ambar duology! I read Hunted by the Sky earlier this year in January and it quickly became one of my favorite South Asian-inspired fantasies. I really love how Tanaz Bhathena draws inspiration from the colonialism that makes up so much of India’s history and portrays them in her novel. As she states in her Author’s Note, this entire series explores what India might have looked like without the British in its helm. One of these features of a newly recons I really liked this ending to the Wrath of Ambar duology! I read Hunted by the Sky earlier this year in January and it quickly became one of my favorite South Asian-inspired fantasies. I really love how Tanaz Bhathena draws inspiration from the colonialism that makes up so much of India’s history and portrays them in her novel. As she states in her Author’s Note, this entire series explores what India might have looked like without the British in its helm. One of these features of a newly reconstructed India is the fact that many people were much more outward and open about their sexual orientations. The queer rep in The Wrath of Ambar duology is great, and a reminder of how freely marginalized people would live before colonial rule. I also love how Tanaz Bhathena highlights how multicultural India is with her world-building and characters. You can easily see how the characters in the duology would come from different corners of our real-life India. I’d give this book 4.5 stars--it’s definitely much more fast paced than Book 1! I also liked how Gul and Cavas’ relationship developed in this book. In Hunted by the Sky, the two were still very unfamiliar with one another and definitely didn’t trust each other throughout the book. In Rising Like a Storm, Gul and Cavas grow closer through their powers and training and ultimately learn how to trust each other--which was super sweet to see. I loved the action sequences and seeing Gul and Cavas become a whole, connected, unit with their powers was really cool. The epilogue was really sweet too! I also liked reading the chapters with Shayla’s POV in this book. She was a really unique villain and seeing her grow from a cunning, confident ruler to someone falling more and more into their insecurities because of previous failures was interesting to see. Her relationship with Alizeh was also so intriguing, especially since it seemed to be the root cause of her insecurities. I’d definitely recommend this duology if you’re looking for an ancient Indian-inspired fantasy duology! Although this book is marketed as YA, I would probably recommend it for readers ages 15/16+, as there are some mature themes and graphic violence throughout both books.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Sahitya

    Hunted by the Sky was one of my favorite fantasies of last year and I was very excited when I received the advance copy from the publisher. I’ve been in a bad slump for a few weeks now and trying to keep my mind off reality by binging cdramas, but finally decided that it was time to catch up with my arcs. And what better way to get out of my slump than a highly anticipated desi fantasy. I will be honest, my memory is very bad these days and I couldn’t remember too much of what happened in the fi Hunted by the Sky was one of my favorite fantasies of last year and I was very excited when I received the advance copy from the publisher. I’ve been in a bad slump for a few weeks now and trying to keep my mind off reality by binging cdramas, but finally decided that it was time to catch up with my arcs. And what better way to get out of my slump than a highly anticipated desi fantasy. I will be honest, my memory is very bad these days and I couldn’t remember too much of what happened in the first book. So it took me a bit to get into the groove of the story, but I also got slightly bored in the first fifth of the story. There were quite a few training montages and lots of harsh internal monologuing, which made the pace a bit slow and not very engaging. But once the turning point comes (mentioned in the blurb), the story finally picked up the pace as well as intensity, finally engaging me deeply, with a drive to know more. The writing is otherwise wonderful as expected from the author, perfectly capturing the feelings of rage, despair, doubt and all other myriad of emotions in the various characters. However, I did expect that we would get to know more about the world beyond Ambar and maybe even meet other royals and people, but unfortunately the author sticks to one kingdom only. Not that it took away anything from the existing story, it just could have been more expansive and interesting. It also took me a while to warm up to Gul and Cavas again. The story starts a few months after the end of the first one, and their relationship is already changed. They are both very mentally strong and loyal people, but it seemed like one would drown in his own desire for revenge and the other in her fear of killing innocents. I still believed in them individually as well as together, and their combined magic was fascinating to watch, but I still felt it wasn’t explored enough because they were separated for most of the book. However, the separation also enabled them to fight harder for their survival as well as start believing in each other more, which I really liked, so I guess that was perfect for the plot. But their interactions with the side characters were my favorite part of the book. There are many of them, each with their own eccentric personality, their own flaws and motivations. It was fun to Juhi and Amira again, their imprisonment terrible to experience but it does nothing to dampen their fierceness. We also get to know new characters like Subhog, Esther, Sami and many other women as well as specters who are lively and fun. I also enjoyed seeing Amar in a completely new light, and just watching everyone experience his thoughts and his honor and hope for a bette future. In the end, this was a good sequel/finale for this duology. I especially liked the ending because it neatly wrapped up the story, there was enough foreshadowing for the climax which made it more satisfying, and we also get to see a glimpse of the future which was interesting. There were some great action set pieces and wonderful character moments, making this a series I would definitely recommend - especially if you are looking for a new kind of chosen one story by a POC author.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Her Bookish Obsession

    The last and final book in Tanaz Bhathena’s The Wrath of Ambar series follows Gul and Cavas as they learn more about their magical connections and plan their fight against the new queen. The story starts about a month after the last one ended, and their relationship has already changed. I took some time to warm up to Gul and Cavas again. I still believed in them individually as well as together, and their combined magic was fascinating to observe. They are both mentally strong and loyal people, b The last and final book in Tanaz Bhathena’s The Wrath of Ambar series follows Gul and Cavas as they learn more about their magical connections and plan their fight against the new queen. The story starts about a month after the last one ended, and their relationship has already changed. I took some time to warm up to Gul and Cavas again. I still believed in them individually as well as together, and their combined magic was fascinating to observe. They are both mentally strong and loyal people, but one seemed to drown in his own desire for revenge while the other was consumed by her fear of killing innocents. Despite the fact that most of the time they are apart, I still felt they weren’t explored enough. However, the separation also enabled them to fight harder for their survival and to start believing in one another more, which I really liked, so I guess that was perfect for the plot. Ultimately, I thought this was a satisfying conclusion to this duology, with nicely-tied up storylines and foreshadowing of the climax that made it feel more satisfying. There were a lot of exciting set pieces and great character moments in this series, making it a duology I would recommend – especially if you’re looking for a POC-written chosen one story.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Gayatri Saikia | per_fictionist

    Rising like a storm, the second and final installment to the 'Wrath of Ambar' duology, as you might have guessed is just about perfect as the first book was if not more! If Hunted by the Sky, made your desi hearts flutter with excitement, it's companion sequel leaves you craving for more💘 Set three months future, to the events of Hunted by the Sky in Rising like a Storm, we encounter Gul and Cavas on the run and simmering with revenge against the usurper queen. With so many new characters on tow, Rising like a storm, the second and final installment to the 'Wrath of Ambar' duology, as you might have guessed is just about perfect as the first book was if not more! If Hunted by the Sky, made your desi hearts flutter with excitement, it's companion sequel leaves you craving for more💘 Set three months future, to the events of Hunted by the Sky in Rising like a Storm, we encounter Gul and Cavas on the run and simmering with revenge against the usurper queen. With so many new characters on tow, the sequel never for a moment berefts you of thrill and twists with every turn of the story. Gul and Cavas, as protagonists already leaves an impression in the first book but their relationship and their level of mutual understanding just adds a different dimension to the story! It gets really difficult for me to review the sequel with spoilers breezing your way so take my word for it and JUST READ MY FAVORITE DUOLOGY EVER 😩🥺💘

  9. 4 out of 5

    Anandi Puritipati

    NOBODY COME NEAR ME, I AM EXPERIENCING SHRIMP FEELINGS!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Pavitra (For The Love of Fictional Worlds)

    Also Posted on For The Love of Fictional Worlds Instagram Disclaimer: A physical copy was provided by The Author via Penguin Indiain exchange for an honest review. The Thoughts, opinions & feelings expressed in the review are therefore, my own. The stunning conclusion the fantasy inspired by the medieval India; Rising Liek A Storm is action packed and full of mail biting adventure. • A debut fantasy for the author, this conclusion to this Duology picks up about 3 months after the events of Also Posted on For The Love of Fictional Worlds Instagram Disclaimer: A physical copy was provided by The Author via Penguin Indiain exchange for an honest review. The Thoughts, opinions & feelings expressed in the review are therefore, my own. The stunning conclusion the fantasy inspired by the medieval India; Rising Liek A Storm is action packed and full of mail biting adventure. • A debut fantasy for the author, this conclusion to this Duology picks up about 3 months after the events of Hunted By The Sky. With Gul and Cavas now being hunted by the Usurper Queen, they living with the rebels. • Rising Like a Storm starts off with the pace that I had gotten used to in Hunted By The Sky - even though there were parts during the middle where it did feel as if the plot was being dragged just for the sake of posterity. • But Gul and Cavas’s connection and their obvious adoration and unconditional support took my breathe away and made sure that I stuck with this conclusion right till the end. • The Wrath of Ambar Duology is a desi fantasy that I never even knew I wanted - the richness of Indian culture and traditions is shown not only brilliantly but also with the consideration it deserves! If you haven’t picked up this Duology, this is the right time to do so; because it’s complete and you can absolutely binge read it! 😉

  11. 4 out of 5

    gauri

    Diving back into the world of Hunted by the Sky was a delightful experience. While I did not completely remember the events that took place in the previous book, getting into Gul and Cavas' head again made the story enjoyable. I loved to see their relationship develop despite the stakes stacked against them. It was difficult to get into the story because of the slower pace and monologues but soon after the action makes up for it and the monologues become important in their character development. Diving back into the world of Hunted by the Sky was a delightful experience. While I did not completely remember the events that took place in the previous book, getting into Gul and Cavas' head again made the story enjoyable. I loved to see their relationship develop despite the stakes stacked against them. It was difficult to get into the story because of the slower pace and monologues but soon after the action makes up for it and the monologues become important in their character development. Once again, I appreciate the simple yet wonderful world Tanaz Bhathena has crafted, the medieval setting brought to life with vivid imagination and easy to follow writing. Even the side characters had an important contribution to the story that I adored following. I love how epic the battle scenes were and the tenuous alliances. Also the heartfelt author's note in the end!! Rising Like a Storm is a satisfying conclusion to The Wrath of Ambar trilogy. Great action, characters and ending chapter. Would definitely recommend this series! Thanks to the publicist for the ARC!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Emily

    I love how TB used this duology as an exercise in rewriting Indian history and changing it's colonization through fantasy. The main characters, Gul and Cava's, both appear to be straight, but TB has two supporting characters in a lesbian relationship to purposefully comment on the fact that homosexuality was against the law until recent history, which is a powerful statement, especially in this historical-type setting. TB truly paints a beautiful picture of the land, the people, and the mythical c I love how TB used this duology as an exercise in rewriting Indian history and changing it's colonization through fantasy. The main characters, Gul and Cava's, both appear to be straight, but TB has two supporting characters in a lesbian relationship to purposefully comment on the fact that homosexuality was against the law until recent history, which is a powerful statement, especially in this historical-type setting. TB truly paints a beautiful picture of the land, the people, and the mythical creatures in this series. The piece that made it 3.5 stars for me (between good versus great) was the way the conversations, and sometimes inner-dialogue, seemed to default to extremes. For me, dialogue is more powerful and profound when it has only a few exclamation marks throughout the book. And this felt like every conversation had multiple, even when it didn't seem necessary for the scene. As I have said in other reviews, this might just be my personal preference and the added exclamation marks might breathe more passion into the words for other readers:) I do want to note possible trigger warnings, without spoilers, because the details were so vivid and incredible at times that it really engages you, but might be something certain readers need to know ahead of time: This book, like the first, had so much action and adventure and TB does not shy away from graphic details in battle or torture scenes. The scenes where couples.become more.physocally intimate are written with more of a closed-door feel when things start to get extra heated. There is a scene during a battle where a female seems to be on the verge of being raped. I received an ARC through Net galley in exchange for an honest and fair review and am grateful for this opportunity.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Shreya Rao

    After reading the first book I was so curious about the sequel and I must say I am extremely happy about how it turned out. I loved reading this book. The journey of the characters, the strength they display is brilliant. Bringing string characters can usually weaken the plot but not here ! The author has done a great job sewing the story together. The ending is great, not new yet great. It reminds me of another book that I am not able to place my finger on ... But anyhoooo loved the experience After reading the first book I was so curious about the sequel and I must say I am extremely happy about how it turned out. I loved reading this book. The journey of the characters, the strength they display is brilliant. Bringing string characters can usually weaken the plot but not here ! The author has done a great job sewing the story together. The ending is great, not new yet great. It reminds me of another book that I am not able to place my finger on ... But anyhoooo loved the experience and will definitely recommend this to everyone.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Anittha

    I really loved this book! It was as the ending I needed! The battle scenes were amazing!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Kathleen Slofstra

    When my kid is one day a teenager, I will give him this YA duology to read - thoroughly enjoyed it.

  16. 4 out of 5

    USOM

    (Disclaimer: I received this book from Netgalley. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.) TW: mention of rape of SC, torture Rising Like a Storm manages to deliver a book that examines one's responsibility, rebellion, and leadership. What begins as Gul struggling to embrace her powers, ends with epic battle scenes and questions about how to fight for the future. The character, and plot, development throughout Rising Like a Storm is a journey. Gul has to figure out what emb (Disclaimer: I received this book from Netgalley. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.) TW: mention of rape of SC, torture Rising Like a Storm manages to deliver a book that examines one's responsibility, rebellion, and leadership. What begins as Gul struggling to embrace her powers, ends with epic battle scenes and questions about how to fight for the future. The character, and plot, development throughout Rising Like a Storm is a journey. Gul has to figure out what embracing her power means not only for herself, but also her relationship with Cavas. All while the world, and larger plot, has to figure out how to fight for freedom. While Gul's journey took center stage for me, especially at the end, I loved how epic Rising Like a Storm got! If you were craving some battle scenes, Bhathena delivers action, loss, and sacrifice all in one. If you enjoyed the dynamic between Cavas and Gul in Hunted By the Sky, Rising Like a Storm deepens it further and I found myself becoming more invested as I read full review: https://utopia-state-of-mind.com/revi...

  17. 4 out of 5

    Shivangi

    This book said "Rising Like a Storm" and rose like a flipping storm indeed and given that I finished it only five seconds ago and am still reeling, this review is going to be all over the place but I'd rather write it now when the emotions are still running high and the words seem easier to fish out of this whirlpool in my mind. Where do I begin? Maybe with mentioning that this was my most anticipated release of the year, from the moment I devoured Hunted by the Sky last summer. I had thought tha This book said "Rising Like a Storm" and rose like a flipping storm indeed and given that I finished it only five seconds ago and am still reeling, this review is going to be all over the place but I'd rather write it now when the emotions are still running high and the words seem easier to fish out of this whirlpool in my mind. Where do I begin? Maybe with mentioning that this was my most anticipated release of the year, from the moment I devoured Hunted by the Sky last summer. I had thought that the series would be a few books longer and I was so sad when I realised it was only a duology but hey, you know what? This is perfect. I actually appreciated that the story wrapped up within only two books because if the events of this instalment had stretched any longer, I (and I'm sure the other readers too) would be having a stressful time. Don't get me wrong, I loved every second of it, but my god, the stress and anxiety... So yeah, I was beyond excited when I saw the email from the lovely lady from the publisher's (not sure I can mention her by name) saying that I'm getting access to an eARC. One million thank yous for giving me this privilege. I thought the beginning was a little bit hard to get into but that's absolutely normal with every book in my experience. As soon as the recap/catch-up part was past, I got sucked right in and lord, I could hardly bear to put the book down there onwards (but why are we even surprised, since that's exactly what happened with Hunted by the Sky?). Tanaz Bhathena has crafted this world, so beautifully, so intricately, I don't even have the words to explain how brilliant it is. The reader (or at least I) is able to paint a clear mental image of the settings and characters, and she's not even going out of her way and using flowery language in her descriptions. Compared to some other pieces of writing, it's all so simple and straightforward and yet so vivid, I am in awe. It literally makes me wish I could draw these things out because Ambar seems to be so gorgeous. It also makes me wish we could have a tour into the other lands as well, if not stories set there? Her writing also made me feel every emotion like I was there myself, fighting for the Star Warrior. Like, literally every changing tide uncorked a new cocktail of sadness, pride, anger and fear, in varying percentages. I was tearing up every other chapter be it for the brave souls lost or when things worked out in Gul's favour. To be very honest, I did not really understand the necessity of some of the deaths but at the same time, I know it was probably my attachment to the characters speaking and I'm sure the author had her reasons, which I will not question. Tanaz ji has earned my complete trust. I love the stable trust between Gul and Cavas. Very often in plots like this, there are shifts or falterings, especially when there are possibilities of love triangles like here but I absolutely love how nothing shook that trust in their relationship, how they learned to communicate with each other. I know that there is a point when it seems there is doubt for one hot second, but I think that more than doubt, it was fear and uncertainty, which honestly with the whole series of mess they have both been through, it was normal. We should also take a moment to appreciate all the side-characters, because there were many of them but they were written well and clear, they each got their own time to shine. The strategy and action scenes, equally worthy of admiration! Seriously, I bow to Tanaz Bhathena. And thank you, for writing The Wrath of Ambar, and giving us the treasures this series is filled with, and many other things that I do not know how to express right now. I can't wait to read more of your splendid work.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Ashton Reed

    *This review has NO spoilers, except for what is included in the summary I copied from Goodreads.* This sequel had the character and story arcs the first book needed, but I’m still not sure it reached its potential. Goodreads synopsis With King Lohar dead and a usurper queen in power, Gul and Cavas face a new tyrannical government that is bent on killing them both. Their roles in King Lohar's death have not gone unnoticed, and the new queen is out for blood. What she doesn't know is that Gul and Ca *This review has NO spoilers, except for what is included in the summary I copied from Goodreads.* This sequel had the character and story arcs the first book needed, but I’m still not sure it reached its potential. Goodreads synopsis With King Lohar dead and a usurper queen in power, Gul and Cavas face a new tyrannical government that is bent on killing them both. Their roles in King Lohar's death have not gone unnoticed, and the new queen is out for blood. What she doesn't know is that Gul and Cavas have a connection that runs deeper than romance, and together, they just might have the strength and magic to end her for good. Then a grave mistake ends with Cavas taken prisoner by the government. Gul must train an army of warriors alone. With alliances shifting and the thirst for vengeance growing, the fate of Ambar seems ever more uncertain. It will take every ounce of strength, love, and sacrifice for Gul and Cavas to reach their final goal―and build a more just world than they've ever known. So in my review of the first book, Hunted by the Sky (you can read my review here), I thought I had pinpointed the issue I had with the book: I thought I didn’t quite click with the book because the plot didn’t reach its potential, because the plot didn’t go anywhere. And while I still think that’s true, Rising Like a Storm made me realize the root of the issue runs deeper, with the characters. This book has all the mythology, rebellion, romance, and action of the first book but multiplied. The stakes are even higher as the main characters finally must reconcile their differences and embrace their deepening relationship in order to harness the magical connection they share and save their kingdom from its new tyrant. This sequel has all the elements it needs to rise to the top of the young adult fantasy charts, yet it couldn’t quite overcome the duology’s rocky start. As I said, I realized the problem is the characters. I want to like them. SO bad. There are so many reasons to like them, and I can tell Bhathena tried to make the two main characters, Gul and Cavas, three-dimensional by making them kind of selfish… but I don’t think that works when there is no character development for the entire first book. And as a result, there is no actual development in the romance, hence why I thought there was no development in the plot – the romance is practically the foundation of the entire plot, especially for Rising Like a Storm, so it didn’t matter that this sequel was marginally better executed than its predecessor because the foundation wasn’t there. So while I was hoping this sequel would redeem the duology, I just couldn’t get past the lack of true development in the first book that made everything in the sequel ring false. I think if you want an energetic and interesting fantasy duology to binge and these plot points sound interesting, give it a try! But my relationship with this duology is… very complicated, and I think there are better-executed fantasy books and series to try out instead 😊 Thank you so much, Fierce Reads, for providing me a free e-arc in exchange for an honest review; all opinions are my own. Rising Like a Storm released June 22nd. If you enjoyed this review, you can friend/follow me here on Goodreads or on Instagram and Pinterest @ashton_reads for more bookish content!! If you want, you can give this review a like or a comment with your thoughts so I know you've read my review; your support means a lot to me! Happy reading!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    **Please Note: This is the second book in a duology that should be read in order. If you are new to this duology, you can check out my review of book one- Hunted by the Sky HERE** Rising like a Storm is the second half of The Wrath of Ambar duology by Tanaz Bhathena. I loved Hunted By the Sky and the Wrath of Ambar duology as whole. This is a breathtaking adventure filled with magic, romance, and wonderfully complex characters.  I think the Wrath of Ambar Duology will appeal to longtime fans of f **Please Note: This is the second book in a duology that should be read in order. If you are new to this duology, you can check out my review of book one- Hunted by the Sky HERE** Rising like a Storm is the second half of The Wrath of Ambar duology by Tanaz Bhathena. I loved Hunted By the Sky and the Wrath of Ambar duology as whole. This is a breathtaking adventure filled with magic, romance, and wonderfully complex characters.  I think the Wrath of Ambar Duology will appeal to longtime fans of fantasies, as well as fantasy readers that are feeling a bit of fantasy burn out, and feeling like all the books they read are the same. Hunted by the Sky and Rising Like a Storm are NOT the same as all other fantasies. The world feels fresh and nuanced in a really wonderful way. I loved the world building just as much as I loved the characters, which is saying a lot coming from a character driven reader. Rising Like a Storm follows Gul and Canvas from book book one as they continue to learn more about themselves and their abilities. In case you need a quick refresher- Gul witnessed the murder of her parents, which was seemingly linked to the king trying to disposing of any and all girls who have birthmarks because of a prophecy he heard. Gul and her family have been on the run for most of her life. Because of this, Gul is determined to get revenge. Next we have Canvas who is caring for his sickly father. Then we add in the magical abilities of the world. In this world we have magic wielders (magi) and non-magical (non-magi) and they are treated very differently. Gul and Canvas are still very much in the thick of things because in Rising Like A Storm we have a new government and rulers in place (read book one to find out why!). I loved getting swept back up into this story. I was so invested in Gul and Canvas and I just wanted them to get a happily ever after because of everything they have both been through. Rising Like a Storm was such a satisfying read! I loved it so much! There are a few slow bits early on in the book because of the situation our characters found themselves in, but I quickly fell back into the groove and became as enchanted with this world and Tanaz's writing as I was with the first book.  Overall, whether you are a die-hard fan of classic fantasy, or if you have been a bit bummed out that all fantasy seems the same lately, Rising Like a Storm and the Wrath of Ambar series as a whole is a fantastic duology that is sure to engage and thrill you. I think you will fall in love with the magic, characters and world. I know I did.  Side note: I fall into the die hard fan category, but I do know many people have told me that they are put off of fantasy at the moment because everything feels the same or "been-done-before".

  20. 4 out of 5

    Heather Hughes

    4.5 stars I’d like to thank Macmillan for providing an e-galley and for allowing me to be a part of the blog tour for the final installment of this duology. I’d also like to mention content warnings of attempt of rape and what appears to be details regarding rape/sexual assault in a character’s past. I was definitely looking forward to reading the final installment immediately after finishing the first book. Luckily, compared to the first book, the ending was very satisfying and was more exciting 4.5 stars I’d like to thank Macmillan for providing an e-galley and for allowing me to be a part of the blog tour for the final installment of this duology. I’d also like to mention content warnings of attempt of rape and what appears to be details regarding rape/sexual assault in a character’s past. I was definitely looking forward to reading the final installment immediately after finishing the first book. Luckily, compared to the first book, the ending was very satisfying and was more exciting to me. It’s a been a few months since the events of the first book and things are different, especially between Cavas and Gul. Living in Tavan with spiritual beings and a new army standing behind the Star Warrior, the two of them must work together to discover their own magic while bracing themselves for an impending war. I don’t know if I’m the only reader that likes this, but I actually enjoyed the parts where there was training and new learning experiences for the characters. In stories like this where they need to discover more about themselves, the training sequences are important to their character arc and I think Tanaz did a good job not going over the top or making things too dramatic. As for the plot overall, I think it was a lot better than how Hunted read, with things being kind of dull. This conclusion was more exciting and I didn’t expect most of the things that happened in this story. It kept my interest more than before. Just like with Hunted, I loved Gul’s character and how she seemed to be even stronger within these pages. Despite having nightmares and literally going through hell in this book, her arc was still incredible to read.  Thankfully, Cavas was more likable in this book. He has a better head on his shoulders and isn’t so judgmental toward unnecessary people (ahem, Gul). I actually felt nervous for him after his capture early on, which wouldn’t have really happened if I felt the same way about him as I did in Hunted.  Both of the main characters also had wonderful side characters with them and I believe it helped strengthen their own arcs. Instead of just each other, Gul and Cavas had other people to interact with or turn to at times, so they didn’t have to be so dependent on each other.  The conclusion to this duology was just right and, if there had been another installment, I think it would have just dragged the story further than it needed. Making it two novels was the perfect choice and it definitely satisfied me and, with other readers, definitely provided the closure necessary for this world and the characters.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Raji

    Find this review and more on my blog at Worlds Unlike Our Own . Thank you to the publisher, Penguin Teen Canada, and NetGalley for providing me with an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. With the usurper Queen Shyla on Ambar’s throne, Gul and Cavas are fugitives wanted for the death of King Lohar. But Gul finds out that the connection between her and Cavas is more than it appears – he is fated to be her partner in magic and love, and this may be just what they need to save Amba Find this review and more on my blog at Worlds Unlike Our Own . Thank you to the publisher, Penguin Teen Canada, and NetGalley for providing me with an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. With the usurper Queen Shyla on Ambar’s throne, Gul and Cavas are fugitives wanted for the death of King Lohar. But Gul finds out that the connection between her and Cavas is more than it appears – he is fated to be her partner in magic and love, and this may be just what they need to save Ambar. She must learn to use her magic and get it under control, but when Cavas is taken prisoner, she must also train an army of warriors alone for the fast approaching conflict. I read Hunted By The Sky over a year ago, and remembered very little of what happened which made it harder than usual to get into the mood of the story. This book starts a few months later, unfortunately, and there were very few reminders of where the story had left things in the first book in terms of the plot, so it took a few chapters before things started to make sense again. Most of the world and background was familiar however, and I enjoyed the additional history and lore that built upon it. The writing was really good and it made visualizing the story easy, particularly the battle scenes, which made for some exciting, action-packed moments. Gul and Cavas almost felt like brand new characters at first, since I’d forgotten so much, but within a couple of chapters that familiar dynamic between the two was back. The author did a great job aptly capturing the rollercoaster of emotions these two characters go through as where Gul fears using her magic and hurting innocents, Cavas now thirsts for revenge, in the exact position Gul was previously. I really liked both their arcs and there was a lot more depth to the characters this time, and that includes the side characters as well. The romance was much better done in this book as well. Similar to the first book, the pacing definitely continued to be an issue. There are initially long stretches of training montages which were rather boring after the first few as were the repeated internal dialogues of the characters, as they question each other’s devotion by turn. But the story does hit a turning point eventually after which it was quite the adventure, picking up the pace and drawing the reader completely into the plot. I was a little disappointed that this second book also focused on Ambar as I would have liked to know more about the other kingdoms mentioned. Overall, this was a pretty good sequel and this is a series I would definitely recommend for fantasy fans, though I would suggest that the books are best read close together. I’m excited to see what this author will write next!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Libriamo3116

    After the events of Hunted by the Sky, Gul and Cavas must reckon with King Lohar's death, and the wrath of those who seek to avenge him. With the entire nation seemingly bent on finding them, Cavas is soon taken prisoner, and Gul is left alone. Unwilling to accept this separation, and determined to save Cavas from certain pain, Gul marshals a fighting force to fight for Cavas's freedom, and also for the freedom of their country's people. Just like the old government, the new government is willin After the events of Hunted by the Sky, Gul and Cavas must reckon with King Lohar's death, and the wrath of those who seek to avenge him. With the entire nation seemingly bent on finding them, Cavas is soon taken prisoner, and Gul is left alone. Unwilling to accept this separation, and determined to save Cavas from certain pain, Gul marshals a fighting force to fight for Cavas's freedom, and also for the freedom of their country's people. Just like the old government, the new government is willing to rule with an iron fist. As Cavas trains troops, the real battle is fought within, for Cavas must embrace the magic inside, and remember the bond with Gul, in order to emerge victorious. I enjoyed the second half of this duology, and I really like that it's inspired by Indian culture and history! Gul and Cavas have already been through a lot, so it's really tough on both of them when they are separated from each other, and have to rely on their own abilities, instincts, and resourcefulness to survive without each other. The descriptions of the setting, food, and characters are immersive, and though there are a few spots with extended monologues, the exposition pays off when it's time to go to war for the sake of the people. I really felt like the story hit its stride once Gul and Cavas were reunited, but it wouldn't have felt so satisfying if they hadn't been ripped apart in the first place. Their individual struggles helped amplify and emphasize their combined power. Just as their magical abilities complement each other, Rising Like a Storm complements Hunted by the Sky admirably, and is a magical conclusion to the Wrath of Ambar duology. Recommended for fans of the first story, for readers interested in fantasy steeped in Indian culture, and those who appreciate stories that provide characters the chance for independent growth, while also utilizing their combined strength to accomplish great and amazing feats. 4.5 ⭐ rounded to 5 ⭐ Thank you Fierce Reads and Macmillan Children's Publishing Group for sending me a free digital copy of this book!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Enid Wray

    A fantasy sequel that stands alone in its own right. This reader greatly appreciated that the first 50 or so pages provided context and filled in the gaps from anything I might have forgotten from having read the first volume almost a year ago now. A beautiful conclusion to the story begun in Hunted by the Sky. A strong and diverse cast of characters, great world building, fabulous - magical! - battle scenes. All, as in the first, rooted in Tanaz’s own Indian/Persian/Zoroastrian heritage and the A fantasy sequel that stands alone in its own right. This reader greatly appreciated that the first 50 or so pages provided context and filled in the gaps from anything I might have forgotten from having read the first volume almost a year ago now. A beautiful conclusion to the story begun in Hunted by the Sky. A strong and diverse cast of characters, great world building, fabulous - magical! - battle scenes. All, as in the first, rooted in Tanaz’s own Indian/Persian/Zoroastrian heritage and thereby lending it a truly authentic feel. Notwithstanding the medieval setting, the story - and the messaging - has a very contemporary feel to it, and is highly relevant to this moment in time, addressing as it does: justice, social justice, leadership, honour, respect, self-worth, privilege, colonisation, sexuality, gender based power structures, faith, trust, and most importantly (I think), hope and that we all have a duty to give of ourselves for the common - and greater - good. It was really hard not to chuckle when (on p356) Gul wonders whether “it’s a bit idealistic to believe that everyone (as in the uncivil elements of society) will simply change under (a new leader)”. Thank you Tanaz! One reader suggestion: If you are reading this digitally, you might want to consider having a copy open on a second device, and set to the glossary at the back of the book, since it’s hard to flip digital pages the way you would a hard copy of a book. Thanks to the author, the publisher and NetGalley for making this early digital copy available.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Avani ✨

    Rising Like A Storm by Tanaz Bhathena is the second book in The Wrath of Ambar duology and a desi fantasy filled with Indian vibes you cannot get enough. Gul and Cavas must unite their magical forces―and hold onto their growing romance―to save their kingdom from tyranny. The starting for this book was fabulous. I enjoyed the first book and was waiting for the second and last installment since the day I finished Hunted By The Sky. This duology being a debut fantasy novel of the author, I must say Rising Like A Storm by Tanaz Bhathena is the second book in The Wrath of Ambar duology and a desi fantasy filled with Indian vibes you cannot get enough. Gul and Cavas must unite their magical forces―and hold onto their growing romance―to save their kingdom from tyranny. The starting for this book was fabulous. I enjoyed the first book and was waiting for the second and last installment since the day I finished Hunted By The Sky. This duology being a debut fantasy novel of the author, I must say I am impressed since it brings out diversity to its core. After 50% of the book, there was quite a good chunk of story which was super boring and felt like it was purposely put there to make it more lengthy. Here we just see both Gul and Cavas stalling around and nothing concrete was happening in the plot. But the third part of the book is where the story picks up and we get to see a lot of action packed plot, along with bond getting stronger between the two. The character development of Cavas and Gul in this book was made to be very strong and independent from each other which was a good part. I highly recommend this duology to everyone.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Muskan Gupta

    4.5 or even more I really liked it! And Gul and Cavas were literally my fave. I'm so glad that this book, in this the author chose to keep it as Gul and Cavas already knew what the others intentions was and it was clear of misunderstanding cause I really appreciate that they didn't have misunderstanding and trusted each other. For that and them staying together and little jokes here and there by other and everything, I just loved it all. It was light yet emotional in a way (that you can connect wi 4.5 or even more I really liked it! And Gul and Cavas were literally my fave. I'm so glad that this book, in this the author chose to keep it as Gul and Cavas already knew what the others intentions was and it was clear of misunderstanding cause I really appreciate that they didn't have misunderstanding and trusted each other. For that and them staying together and little jokes here and there by other and everything, I just loved it all. It was light yet emotional in a way (that you can connect with them spiritually) to see them all coming together and just fighting and having it all, honestly can not describe really how I feel about this just that it was really good and I enjoyed it and I loved it. And most of all I'm glad how it turned out and really glad that the author chose to keep it without misunderstanding cause really that would have tired me and so I was just glad. Just wished if I could have someone like Cavas and that things for me and us would go like that but that's not possible.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Taraya

    The conclusion to The Wrath of Ambar duology, Rising Like A Storm brings together an eclectic bunch of hero’s to restore the rightful king to the throne. Imaginative world building lends mystery and truth to the storyline, giving the reader a taste of what living in medieval India was like. Tanaz Bhathena is a wonderful storyteller, who has developed compelling young adult characters whose self-doubts and imperfections are what make them relatable to any YA reader. Main characters, Gul and Cavas The conclusion to The Wrath of Ambar duology, Rising Like A Storm brings together an eclectic bunch of hero’s to restore the rightful king to the throne. Imaginative world building lends mystery and truth to the storyline, giving the reader a taste of what living in medieval India was like. Tanaz Bhathena is a wonderful storyteller, who has developed compelling young adult characters whose self-doubts and imperfections are what make them relatable to any YA reader. Main characters, Gul and Cavas, literally rise like a storm on their quest to destroy the usurper queen and restore balance to the kingdom of Ambar. “You have magic in you, daughter.” I have always wanted to possess magic and Ms. Bhathena has created a likely scenario that younger me could have seen myself in. I thoroughly enjoyed this conclusion to the series and look forward to reading more from Ms. Bhathena in the future.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Elisabeth

    This book was amazing and beautiful in so many ways! I love how the reader gets to dive right back into the series close to where we left off. There are so many magical and fantastic parts to this book! The world-building is by far one of my favorite parts, the author does a lovely job of setting the scenes and building on that. Gul and Cavas are wonderful, they're growth throughout this series is amazing. I love the side characters and the depth of each of the main characters, you really get to This book was amazing and beautiful in so many ways! I love how the reader gets to dive right back into the series close to where we left off. There are so many magical and fantastic parts to this book! The world-building is by far one of my favorite parts, the author does a lovely job of setting the scenes and building on that. Gul and Cavas are wonderful, they're growth throughout this series is amazing. I love the side characters and the depth of each of the main characters, you really get to sense who they are and what they've gone through and it's wonderful. Even with knowing their flaws they grow throughout the books and it's a magical book with action, adventure, romance, and heart! This is a book for anyone who wants a great story with gorgeous settings and unforgettable characters! Thanks to NetGalley & Edelweiss for the ARCs!!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Beth Morrill

    Rising Like a Storm is the second half of a duology set in a world that is inspired by Indian culture, folklore, and mythology. Gul is a young woman with powerful magic that has been spoken of in prophesy. Cavas is a young man fated to be her partner in magic and love. Together, they work to fight an oppressive tyranny. I loved the strong woman presented as well as the rich world that is portrayed. My only frustration was with the endless psychological torment of Gul, and at times of Cavas, as t Rising Like a Storm is the second half of a duology set in a world that is inspired by Indian culture, folklore, and mythology. Gul is a young woman with powerful magic that has been spoken of in prophesy. Cavas is a young man fated to be her partner in magic and love. Together, they work to fight an oppressive tyranny. I loved the strong woman presented as well as the rich world that is portrayed. My only frustration was with the endless psychological torment of Gul, and at times of Cavas, as they question the love and devotion of the other. But this is a book tailored to a young adult audience that may find themselves both understanding and relating to the characters. Readers who appreciate fantasy novels based on diverse world views rather than the typical Western point of view will appreciate this novel.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Honey & Anjali

    Rising Like a Storm is the last installment in the wrath of ambar duology and it's definitely the perfect conclusion to the story. The second book follows Gul and Cavas as they explore their magical capabilities and find a way to fight the Queen to rid the people of the tyranny. Like I said in my review for Hunted by the Sky, but it's been a while so, I would say again, the world Bhathena has built is beautiful. From the cultural accuracy to the premise, everything is spot on. A Medieval Indian fa Rising Like a Storm is the last installment in the wrath of ambar duology and it's definitely the perfect conclusion to the story. The second book follows Gul and Cavas as they explore their magical capabilities and find a way to fight the Queen to rid the people of the tyranny. Like I said in my review for Hunted by the Sky, but it's been a while so, I would say again, the world Bhathena has built is beautiful. From the cultural accuracy to the premise, everything is spot on. A Medieval Indian fantasy seemed like a dream but this book gave hope to me as a brown woman. I wish I could've read this series as a child. It makes a lot of difference when we see ourselves represented in the media. It's one of the reasons I loved this book so much. The world building only got better and I personally didn't find a single thing that I didn't enjoy. Bhathena's words have left a mark and her characters are something that I'd look up at for a long time to come. The writing style is so simple yet so beautiful. I love how the two main characters set aside their feelings for the greater good because more often than not, fantasy books suffer from unnecessary romance and I'm glad it wasn't the case with this one. Overall, I love this duology with all my heart and I would definitely recommend it to everyone.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Estelle Middleton

    Rejoice in the glory that is Rising Like a Storm, the epic sequel to Hunted by the Sky. I loved the first book, and the second one is even better, and Tanaz Bhathena is an excellent writer. She writes vivid characters and scenery, each scene detailed that I felt completely immersed. She brings the feel of India to life in the book. And she makes sure that the medieval India setting is historically accurate, which I like when authors do that. There is lots of action and adventure, and she doesn’t Rejoice in the glory that is Rising Like a Storm, the epic sequel to Hunted by the Sky. I loved the first book, and the second one is even better, and Tanaz Bhathena is an excellent writer. She writes vivid characters and scenery, each scene detailed that I felt completely immersed. She brings the feel of India to life in the book. And she makes sure that the medieval India setting is historically accurate, which I like when authors do that. There is lots of action and adventure, and she doesn’t hold back in the more graphic descriptions. Gul and Cavas and the other characters go through a lot, but there are happy parts and the ending is happy and satisfying and what they deserve. It’s an excellent book, and I loved reading it. Thanks to Netgalley and FSG for sending an ARC to review - all opinions are my own.

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