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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 palaceKeshan 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 Take it from me who s read a ridiculous amount of mm novels it s super hard to find a good uality fantasy mm book Like I can probably count the number on one hand And Archer s Heart is exactly what I search for It has a solid world characters I adored and a storyline that took my breath awayThe story starts off and is based around the battle between Darvad Uru and Yudar Paran to be chosen to inherit the throne of Marhavad Marhavad is a country with a strict and oppressive caste system and Yudar is a strict traditionalist as opposed to Darvad who is open Our two main characters are on either sides of this feud Keshan Adaru who is definitely my favourite character is a charismatic visionary who is fervent in his belief of abolishing the caste system and sees Darvad as the man to bring this about Jandu Paran Yudar s brother is a brilliant archer but is shallow and arrogant yet he cannot ignore the powerful attraction between he and Keshan Their dangerous love affair is set against the backdrop of courtly intrigue magic and betrayal I m going to be completely honest and say that Jandu starts off as a complete brat He doesn t care about anything past his own archery and is both confused and ashamed of his attraction to Keshan But this is what makes his progress into an incredible character so brilliant His growth is slow and subtle provoked by events and not just influenced by Keshan s own ideals After finishing this it is absolutely mind blowing to go back and think about how all the main characters started out especially Jandu particularly since I started out not really liking any of them The world building in this novel is also phenomenal I could see the influences from India and that s made it stand out for me amongst fantasy books I can t think of another fantasy novel that I ve read which borrows from India rather than that dreaded Middle Ages cliche or even from the Middle East The whole world is incredibly solid rich with customs and traditions The magic in this novel comes in the form of shartas which are weapons that can only be used by the uppermost casteThis book is divided into three novels and I am writing this review after re reading the first one While the first book starts off fairly predictably the ending of it completely blindsided me All of my preconceived notions and cliches of how I thought this book would go down were thrown out the window From the second book on Amara s imagination absolutely exploded This is definitely up there with the best mm books I ve ever readReviewed for A Drop of Romeo

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Urt 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 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 loyaltyAnd 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 Wow What can I say wow It is definitely epic material to rival some of Mary Renault s novels but with a lot graphic M on M descriptions I loved so many of the characters so well rounded and real they are all flawed in some way but yet sympathetically drawn Much as I wanted to hate characters like Tarek Yudar and Baram I couldn t And whilst the true baddies like Darvad and his henchmen probably deserved to die for their self centred treachery I can so see how they were all victims of the social systems that hold them in thrall and status I cried in several passages especially the bit where Keshan realises that his mission to change the world could be redefined to the influencing of one man whom he loved Jandu And Keshan and Jandu make such a wonderful pair of lovers swoon worthy in every way I really hope they would make a movie out of this book The locale customs magics and exotic flavour of the book were all rivetingly fantastic and real The horrors of the caste system and the punishments meted out on those who flout traditions were definitely designed to raise the social justice ire in any compassionate reader And despite the many many but no type deaths leading towards the ending some of which I could not predict I was so relieved that the lovers were left some family and friends to start their brave new world in these ranking amongst my favourite of the characters eg Iyestar Suraya and her brother Anant love this fellow and the 17 year old mentoree of Jandu s The author was rather clever in her plot device to reduce the Paran family to exile desolateness to allow them the opportunity to see how the other half lives Strange though that it was only Jandu out of the 4 who seemed to develop a greater compassion and understanding of the outcast untouchables through all the suffering they went through might that be cause he had a mentor like Keshan And likewise for Keshan to find that ideals and dreams can only become real through the physical manifestation of love towards a tangible human being moves his experience and understanding of social justice and euality beyond the abstract nature of law and legislation into the personal and experiential he would be willing himself to become one of those who he was championing for the sake love of anotherThere were a couple of plot anomalies but these are over trivial stuff And my heart breaks for Tarek in the end despite his being loved unconditionally he chose to fall on his own sword of duty honour and pride One could say the same for the old regent mentor of the royal boys as well Yudar He could not break away from his own moral codes and from judging himself and others by those very destructive rules and s despite being shown what alternatives there could be with Anant as well as his observation of our two main lovers view spoilerI m not entirely sure the purpose of Jandu being made female through the curse the issue of gender ineuality and female liberation was not really covered Was it supposed to help him get in touch with his feminine side Or to allow for further humiliation and degradation of his psyche be ause of the rape BTW he got over the traumatic stresses of his rape rather too easily I felt hide spoiler

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Jandu Paran a man whose entire family must be destroyed if the kingdom is to be freedTarek 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 revolutionYoung Prince Jandu Paran has never concerned himself with co Magic love betrayal angst joy friendship and action The Archer s Heart was a surprise a very very lovely surprise The story is set in a fantasy eastern like inspired world Jandu is an exceptional archer who cares little for the outside world until his way of life is challenged by his friendship with the descendent of the Yashva Keshan Adaru Tarek Baram Suraya Yudar and Darvad are also exceptional characters with dimension and realistic motivations I appreciate that no one is evil or good in this story they are just humanI always wonder why magic in novels makes sense to me than things in the real world But I enjoyed the twists and unfolding of this intricate story and couldn t help but read obsessively until the end One of my favorites


10 thoughts on “The Archer's Heart

  1. says:

    Reading The Archers Heart was truly a pleasure This beautiful fantasy novel draws on elements from the Mahābhārata and is set in a land not dissimilar to India called Marhavad It is a tale of caste magic betrayal adventure war and love I spent a week sloping off to bed early just so I could read I think the first thing that appealed was the setting The Indian influence that saturated Marhavad was delightful

  2. says:

    Epic read for fantasy lovers If you love reading Fantasy don't miss out on this book The tale told will snag you and keep yo

  3. says:

    Take it from me who's read a ridiculous amount of mm novels it's super hard to find a good uality fantasy mm book Like I can probably count the number on one hand And Archer's Heart is exactly what I search for It has a solid world characters I adored and a storyline that took my breath awayThe story starts off and is based around the battle between Darvad Uru and Yudar Paran to be chosen to inherit the throne of Marhavad Marhavad is a cou

  4. says:

    I'm a sucker for FantasyIntriguesGay Romance and snotty aristocrats The world building is great and I loved Jandu from the beginning I've seen that a lot of readers were annoyed at him at the start but everything about him practica

  5. says:

    Magic love betrayal angst joy friendship and action The Archer's Heart was a surprise a very very lovely surprise The story is set in a fantasy eastern like inspired world Jandu is an exceptional archer who cares little for the outsid

  6. says:

    Beautiful story of devotion deep love and belief I loved itHighly recommended read

  7. says:

    This book had such glowing reviews that even though I had a really hard time getting into it because of all the names I decided to give it a shot Well my review alas won't join those glowing ones Also spoilers aheadStrange that none of the reviews well those I've read anyway seem to mention that this book contains lots of infidelity and Polyandry amongst other things and all of that directly involves the main two characters Right from the

  8. says:

    Wow What can I say wow It is definitely epic material to rival some of Mary Renault's novels but with a lot graphic M on M descriptions I loved so many of the characters so well rounded and real they are all flawed in some way but yet sympat

  9. says:

    The bestest

  10. says:

    The ReviewHonesty from the outsetOver the last few months I have reviewed several stories by Astrid Amara in the anthologies Hell Cop and Tangle Edition XY Each time I have come away and impressed by her storytelling The Archer's Heart did not disappoint This was the stuff of epicsFirst things firstWhen The Archer's Heart arrived with a thunk on my doorstep I admit to being daunted about the task of reviewin