If this is how my year’s going to be in terms of books that make me come undone, then, by all means, bring it on.
Historical romance/ Coming of age/ 295 pages/ Expected release date: April 10th 2018, Amazon Crossing
About the book:
Ceylon, 1803. In the royal city of Kandy, a daughter is born to the king’s elephant keeper—an esteemed position in the court reserved only for males. To ensure the line of succession, Phera’s parents raise her as a boy.
As she bonds with her elephant companion, Siddhi, Phera grows into a confident, fiercely independent woman torn between the expectations of her family and her desire to live life on her own terms. Only when British colonists invade is she allowed to live her true identity, but when the conquerors commit unspeakable violence against her people, Phera must add survival to the list of freedoms for which she’s willing to fight.
Possessed by thoughts of revenge yet drawn into an unexpected romance with a kindly British physician, the elephant keeper’s daughter faces a choice: Love or hatred? Forgiveness or retribution?
This book unravels a disruption that Phera’s family never imagined would come upon them with the British invasion. Their heritage, their homes, their faith, dignity and life all become undone on one night when one of their own betrays their King and has him exiled to create room for the British.
In all this, Phera stood out as the youngest child to be born to the Elephant Keeper of the Palace. She’s born female but has to live the first twelve years of her life as male because of a lie her family told the King. She cannot declare the truth too because according to their custom only males would be Elephant Keepers and she loves Siddhi-her elephant cow, too much to jeopardize that.
The authors invite you into Sri Lanka, into Phera’s world and you see it through her eyes, feel it through her heart beat and her anguish becomes your own and her people’s death and brutal treatment at the hands of the British makes you wonder just how much a person could take.
It is a tale that reminds me of an African proverb, Until the story of the hunt is told by the lion, the tale of the hunt will always glorify the hunter.
I am glad to have gotten the chance to read this book courtesy of NetGalley. My views on it are on the tale and for such a long time colonization has often bragged about introduction of civilization into colonies but with this tale, and as with many more, I beg to differ.
If you are into historical fiction, then I’d recommend you read this book. It’ll break your heart, challenge your beliefs, but it’s a well told story that’s bound to make you want to walk through that jungle with Phera and her elephant cow.
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