Read for: Requested Review/ Netgalley/ Recently Added/ Anticipated Release
Synopsis: "Protecting her identity means life or death in this immersive epic fantasy inspired by the Mughal Empire.
In a different life, under a different name, Razia Khan was raised to be the Crown Prince of Nizam, the most powerful kingdom in Daryastan. Born with the soul of a woman, she ran away at a young age to escape her father’s hatred and live life true to herself.
Amongst the hijras of Bikampur, Razia finds sisterhood and discovers a new purpose in life. By day she’s one of her dera’s finest dancers, and by night its most profitable thief. But when her latest target leads her to cross paths with Arjun Agnivansha, Prince of Bikampur, it is she who has something stolen.
An immediate connection with the prince changes Razia’s life forever, and she finds herself embroiled in a dangerous political war. The stakes are greater than any heist she’s ever performed. When the battle brings her face to face with her father, Razia has the chance to reclaim everything she lost…and save her prince."
My Review: I was so excited to pick this book up, and am glad I had the opportunity to read it early. I was instantly drawn into the world, and fell in love with the characters. I am a big fan of Razia, she is so confident and strong, she is also completely unapologetic for who she is, and I loved it! She has been through the highest of highs and lowest of lows both in emotions and societal class and yet she remains true to herself. Along comes Arjun and oh dear, he is a handsome prince who is kind and strong, a perfect combination to fall for. We also get the zahhaks, which from the description sound like a type of dragon but sound amazing, beautiful, powerful and loyal. I found it interesting the way the character growth was handled in this book, Razia regains some of who she already is, but the people around her seem to be the ones with the most growth throughout the story. I definitely recommend this book to any fantasy romance readers, it is a rich vivid world with characters you can't help but get behind and a full cast of side characters.
My Rating: This book read like a myth or a legend, such vivid characters and world, adventures, romance, it had it all. I really enjoyed this book and highly recommend it. I give it a rating of Four Paws!
I received a complimentary copy of this book via Netgalley and through a Goodreads giveaway from Berkley Publishing/ Penguin Random House. The above is my honest review and opinion.
You can find out more about Alina Boyden and her book on her Goodreads Page or Twitter. Stealing Thunder is her debut novel and I am looking forward to seeing more.
Stealing Thunder is being released today so you can obtain your own copy in print or digital format from Amazon or Barnes & Noble or request it at your local library or independent bookstore. (I am going to try the audio book next time I read it).