Of Light and Shadow

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When they don’t give us our birthright, we steal it.

Roshan Chaya is out for justice. Abandoned by her parents at birth and adopted by the kingdom of Jwala’s most notorious bandit before his brutal murder, she is now leader of the Shadow Clan, a gang of farmers-turned-bandits impoverished by the provincial governor’s atrocities and corruption. Roshan’s goal: to avenge her adoptive father and earn back rights and dignity for her people.

Prince Navin has always felt like an outcast. Second in line for the throne, he has never been close to his grandmother, Queen Bhairavi of Jwala. When a night out drinking with friends leads to his capture by the infamous Shadow Clan, Navin schemes to befriend Roshan and use her as a means to escape. His ploy, however, brings Navin closer to the corruption and poverty at the heart of Roshan’s province, raising questions about its governor and Navin’s own family.

To further complicate things, the closer Roshan and Navin get, the harder it becomes to fight their growing attraction. But how can they trust each other when the world as they know it starts to fall apart?

Set in a magical world inspired by the badlands of 17th century India, this standalone epic fantasy novel by Tanaz Bhathena is packed with political tensions, dangerous schemes, and swoon-worthy romance that asks the age old question: can love conquer all?

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REVIEWS:

“A spellbinding tale in a rich and detailed world, Of Light and Shadow is full of unforgettable characters in a story that will keep you helplessly turning the page. The magic system is unique and surprising, and the twists will make you gasp. Bhathena has done it again!”
– C. S. Pacat, NYT bestselling author of Dark Rise and The Captive Prince trilogy

“With its deep-dive world-building, complex characters, and energetic storyline, Of Light and Shadow delivers a ragingly good read. Come for the luscious, historically-inspired setting and stay for the pitch-perfect emotional journey of Roshan and Navin.”
– Megan Bannen, author of The Undertaking of Hart and Mercy and Soulswift

“Evocative writing and layered world building bring the glittering cities and brutal badlands of Jwala to life. Political intrigue, family drama, and deep-rooted corruption provide a compelling backdrop for a fascinating battle of wits and magic between a roguish prince being held for ransom and the rebel leader who kidnapped him. Lines are crossed and allegiances shift in this fast-paced and romantic epic fantasy.” – Nicki Pau Preto, author of The Crown of Feathers trilogy