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, rumoured 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 broken relationships and 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 and unwanted marriage. Kaleb, falsely accused of assassinating the former maharani, needs it to clear his name. And Riya, the runaway sibling who cut all family ties, wants the Key to prove her loyalty to the rebels who took her in.
They must work together to survive the treacherous journey. But with each sibling harbouring secrets and their own conflicting agendas, the very thing that brought them together could tear apart their family – and their world – for good.
The Ivory Key is an Indian inspired fantasy following four siblings on their quest to find a key said to unlock the sealed quarries of Ashoka and the magic sealed within. It’s an enjoyable and entertaining read and although It’s not the most unique in terms of the setting and the storyline, I found myself absorbed in the pages and completely invested in following these siblings on their adventures. Each chapter is from a different sibling’s point of view and it was interesting following their family dynamics, their contrasting personalities, how they interacted with each other, as well as an insight into their back history.
The writing is good and richly descriptive of the food, clothing and culture of India. The first half of the book is fairly slow and not much was happening, however this time was spent getting to know the characters and establishing the world. The storyline definitely became a lot more exciting and action-packed towards the end. Reminiscent of an ‘Indiana Jones’ type quest with secret societies, lost temples, dangerous puzzles and unravelling the clues to find hidden treasure, it quickly became a compelling read.
A great debut, I have a feeling the second book will be a lot more action-packed and some of the romantic relationships hinted at in this one will come to fruition. A fairly quick read and easy to follow, but also thoroughly entertaining and engaging.
Publisher: Hot Key Books
Publication Date (UK): 4 January 2022
Series: The Ivory Key duology #1
Page Count: 388
Genre: YA Fantasy
Thank you to the publisher for the eARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
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