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  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 and with most of what I've read in fantasy set in European influenced worlds an enjoyable change It made me remember reading The Far Pavilions incredible beautiful story and sneaking out to watch The Jewel in the Crown when I was younger I cannot express how nice it is to read about somewhere a little different and loose some of the Anglo European centric feel that many fantasy novels have No LOTR template here and no singing hobbits either The world building was tight with magical elements blending seamlessly within the historical feel of the novel It was also well paced with nothing glossed over or rushed despite the book covering a period of several years There were the odd bits that lagged but for the most part I was kept well entertained I liked the character of Keshan Adaru who is a man with change at the forefront of everything he does He is determined to see a society where all men and women are treated eually and the caste system removed He is charismatic and beautiful The romance that blossoms between him and Prince Jandu Paran kept me up way past my bedtime I think of the two characters the depth and growth of Jandu was what really captured my interest He begins the story a brash young boy and grows into a man worthy of his title And yeah all serious waffle aside it was kinda hot hehThe inclusion of Tarek Amia whose story runs along side that of Keshan and Jandu was very poignant at times I enjoyed his stoic soldier like nature and unreuited love for his Prince Such an honorable man I wanted someone to ruffle his hair occasionally If I have any whinges it's that I did find Jandu's curse a little odd in the scheme of things While it did move the story along it was a little different and unexpected I also felt a bit uncomfortable at the unsympathetic portrayal of Keshan's wife and wondered if this could have been handled a little differentlyI think the most charming thing about this book is its uniueness I don't think I've really read anything uite like it before and this was probably its most appealing uality Beautifully presented and a distinctively different read that is well worth reading Liked it lotsPaperback from Blind Eye Books and from httpsharrowwordpresscom


  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 you enthralled through the very end I do have to admit that I found the beginning a bit slower but it's to be expected as the author is setting up the story and we also get to know the characters But once the Paran Family's luck changes I couldn't put the book down at all It was two nights of very little sleepThe story and world I found just amazing I loved the Indian Style elements to it It just gives it the right tone to be exotic and mysticJandur's growth as a character is painful but also beautiful It is heartbreaking at so many moments It is a journey from being arrogant to being proud and earning the respect of those around you It is also funny how Keshan's growth is actually slower but when the truth finally hits him it is beautiful He accomplished his job of changing the world by changing only one manI loved this story and I will think about all of its nuances for a long time and I will very likely re read


  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 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


  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 practically screams character development It also helps that his faults were mostly being a snotty aristocrat But despite my high rating there were still some things that bugged me a lot 1 Yudar I understand that there are characters you are plainly not supposed to like but he was just extremely frustrating to a degree that lessened my enjoyment of the story Compared to awesome villains who you might also hate but are awesome to read about see the Lannisters in ASoIaF who come in varying shades of villainy and morality but who are all extremely entertaining to read about I was mostly waiting for someone to give him a long and painful death already Or a short and uick one so Keshan and Jandul are finally rid of him 2 Yeah I was absolutely not a fan of that thing at the beginning of book 3 Trigger and Spoiler warning attempted rape I'm never a fan of that and I'm attuned to it now that I've run into that so often lately even though I was anticipating a decently fluffy read cough The Last Sun cough3 Yudar4 The romance part was unbelievable imo From Keshan's side it seemed like instalust and from Jandul's side like a crush than the everlasting love they promised each other so uickly Also before the events of book 3 the relationship also seemed imbalanced to me in favor of Keshan 5 Have I mentioned Yudar yet? Granted the perceived imbalance might be only on my part and due to the weird association my brain made If anyone has read the series in uestion please tell me if I'm just imagining the followingokay so for some reason so many of The Archer's Heart characters reminded me strongly of Mistborn characterslike you cannot tell me Keshan and Kelsier Mistborn are not extremely similar my brain always replaced Keshan with Kelsier which maybe caused the perceived imbalance as Kelsier is older wiser and widowed Tarek would be Sazed then or rather Hrathen from Elantris now that I think about it and Yudar would be Yeden although Yudar is so much despicable that a comparison wouldn't even fit onto a scaleSo at times this read like a freaky gay Mistborn AU to me which was a weird and b didn't do this series justice My point is take my rant with a pinch of salt tl;dr Yudar sucks


  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 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


  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 start there are too many characters introduced with long titles and non western names which made it all rather confusing The beginning just plunges into whatever's happening such beginnings are good for action packed books but not this type of a book I would've liked it if the introduction of the characters had been gradual not all at once But I got through it trying to remember who's who wasn't easy thoughThe plot and pace interesting enough plot but events unfolded at such a slow pace that made me want to scroll There were numerous scenes where I wondered what exactly is the point of this scenearc? Later it turned out that those scenes were just fillers didn't lead to much of anything notable For instances the scene with the forest fire Ok they helped the Demon King and he gifted them And? For me each scene should be a lead up to something or a continuation of something not a filler The jumping POV was a bit irritating it felt like there was finally something interesting happening and then bam POV switch Most of the book dragged on to be honest all of the important events and plot twists could've fitted in fewer pages The worst however by the end of the book reading the last sentence felt absolutely anti climatic It seemed like not much happened and there wasn't much of an actual story or romance for that matter Basically it seemed like a draft an introduction preuel sort of thing to the actual story Also there wasn't a solid enough storyline it seemed like the narrative kept jumping all over the place one moment there's Tarek and his issues another moment there's Jandu saving someone from an attack the next there's Keshan healing some sick woman and after comes a passage about Darvad's ambitions or whatever else It made me go get to the point way too oftenThe characters I can't say that a single character in this book appealed much to me Keshan — married some woman just because she wrote some letter to him and though he doesn't like her at all he keeps her at his side for what? while cheating on her left and right Nice AND she's portrayed as a sour faced bitch Is that supposed to make the reader feel like cheating is ok in that case? Well nope NOT okay absolutely disgustingJandu — seemed one dimensional and he also married some woman just because he wanted to show off and win the challenge But not only that he and two of his brothers also married her and each would have her for a year Passing her around like some object Disgusting #2 Tarek — spineless fool who lucked out to move up to another caste but acts like a slave to his friend Darvad who also happens to be his love interest He drops everything to do his bidding steps over himself and really it's just pathetic Would be hard pressed to call him a man like a wormThen there are other characters like Jandu's older brother who gambled everything away like a fool and almost gambled away Jandu himself I would say I liked Iyestar but the way he acted in the end therenope Basically all these characters are very selfish despite what most of them say and claim to strive for they only care for their own agendas and that sort of dissonance between their actions and words was a bit irritating The romance well it was barely there The characters go from flirtation to love very fast and I don't like insta love It doesn't seem convincing The fact they are both married and are therefore cheating on their wives also ruins it a bit Yes the culture in the book is strict and homosexuality is punishable by death but I still don't think it makes infidelity okay Again the love if it was there I didn't see itThe world building seemed poor and mismatched to me some things were clearly copied from India and then there was the magic At times it seemed like Harry Potter at other times like some Bollywood film I didn't get the impression of something whole rather bits and pieces here and there and some of them seemed like random fillers Spent most of the book waiting for the plot to really take off but it never truly did Instead it finished with TBC Won't be reading the other books I'm afraid


  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 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


  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 reviewing such a large book that was sure to be filled with the rich prose I've come to expect from this author Once I'd started reading I uickly forgot my earlier intimidation and over the next four to five hours completely lost myself in the world the author had createdWhere to startThe Archer's Heart is beautifully written with the culture and landscape of the Marhavad kingdom being lushly crafted and reminiscent of India at its most beautiful and its most darkest This is a story about power oppression societal expectations personal belief systems acceptance hope friendship family loyalty and love The setting especially with its rigid caste system provides a perfect backdrop to the exploration of these themesThere were a few places where I did find the world building a little too descriptive Having said that it never overwhelmed as is sometimes the case in the fantasy genre was always relevant to the plot and helped to paint the vivid picture that was the Marhavad kingdom In places you could almost smell the stink of the sewerage of the slums or the stench of the dying bodies on the battlefield It was very evocativeThe story focuses on Keshan and Jandu and their relationship and on the story of Tarek Through them you meet a cast of characters who both repel and engage your emotions Some of you might be jumping to your own fantasies conclusions and thinking along the lines of mmm but I assure you it is not Tarek and the unreuited feelings he has for his Lord Darvad provides the contrast to the openness love and commitment between Keshan and Jandu From a low caste Tarek worked his way up to his high status and as a result is obsessed with his oath and the man who helped him get there He will do anything to serve his Lord even compromise his own beliefsKeshan and Jandu on the other hand are complete opposites; not only in ideals but also in factions Keshan is politically savvy with a radical vision literally for the future which he works to see implemented and Jandu is a spoilt young man who has never uestioned his position as Prince The two are fascinated with each other from the very beginning despite Jandu's horror at being attracted to a man which is an act punishable by death in the kingdomFor all his apparent shallowness at the beginning of the book Jandu was by far my favourite character Don't get me wrong all the protags are very well developed in The Archer's Heart Yet it was Jandu who captured MY heart I think this was because of the incredible and challenging experiences this character has over the approximately four year period the book covers Although he becomes lovers with Keshan uite early in the story it is not Keshan who is the central catalyst to Jandu's maturation but it is the impact of his other life circumstances As a reader I felt privileged to witness Jandu's change and growth in character albeit distressing at timesFinally and trying not to give any spoilers some of you sooner as I did rather than later will get an idea as to how the book may finish Do not let this distract you from your enjoyment because in my opinion it is the journey the hows whys and whens that make this story not necessarily the endingA couple of issueswarningsThere were only a few things which stopped this from being five stars for me The first was a minor issue associated with the world building and I touched on that above The second related to the telling of Tarek's story Although I understand Tarek's relationship with Darvad provided juxtaposition to that of Keshan's and Jandu's I found myself becoming increasingly frustrated with his inability to see the truth about Darvad There is no doubt in mind this was the response the author was trying to evoke in the reader; however I have to admit I did skip some of the passages towards the end of the book because he was annoying the absolute crap out of meMy recommendationThis is uite simply the best fantasy story I've read in my nearly 18 months of reading mm fiction To those who particularly enjoy this genre I would strongly recommend that you buy The Archer's Heart It is excellent


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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 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 you enthralled through the very end I do have to admit that I found the beginning a bit slower but it's to be expected as the author is setting up the story and we also get to know the characters But once the Paran Family's luck changes I couldn't put the book down at all It was two nights of very little sleepThe story and world I found just amazing I loved the Indian Style elements to it It just gives it the right tone to be exotic and mysticJandur's growth as a character is painful but also beautiful It is heartbreaking at so many moments It is a journey from being arrogant to being proud and earning the respect of those around you It is also funny how Keshan's growth is actually slower but when the truth finally hits him it is beautiful He accomplished his job of changing the world by changing only one manI loved this story and I will think about all of its nuances for a long time and I will very likely re read Catch Me Before I Fall 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 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 you enthralled through the very end I do have to admit that I found the beginning a bit slower but it's to be expected as the author is setting up the story and we also get to know the characters But once the Paran Family's luck changes I couldn't Biggles Fails to Return put the book down at all It was two nights of very little sleepThe story and world I found just amazing I loved the Indian Style elements to it It just gives it the right tone to be exotic and mysticJandur's growth as a character is African Nights painful but also beautiful It is heartbreaking at so many moments It is a journey from being arrogant to being Kings proud and earning the respect of those around you It is also funny how Keshan's growth is actually slower but when the truth finally hits him it is beautiful He accomplished his job of changing the world by changing only one manI loved this story and I will think about all of its nuances for a long time and I will very likely re read

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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