The Heartless Divine by Varsha Ravi: ARC Review

The Heartless Divine by Varsha Ravi: ARC Review


The Heartless Divine by Varsha Ravi


In this unexpected twist on mythology inspired by Sangam India, reincarnated lovers find themselves bound together, connected to their past by a centuries old tragedy that only one of them remembers.

In the ruthless martial empire of Naja, Suri is the crown’s unfailing blade. But the princess dreams of a life exploring the lands beyond the borders, unshackled by blood. The king and queen offer her freedom, at a price: marriage to a king she’s meant to kill, and the death of Athri, a kingdom her family once nearly destroyed.

Her only obstacle lies in the mountains above the Athrian capital of Marai, where a young prophet sees a world struck by catastrophe—a world where a girl lies dead in the temple of the fire god, and the city lies burning below.

Centuries later, Suri lives with no recollection of her past lives. Haunted by her family’s deaths eighteen years ago, Suri sees the boy bleeding gold on her doormat as an opportunity to unravel the mystery of the car crash that took their lives. But not all gifts are created equal, and the boy soon proves to be more trouble than he’s worth, a dangerous link back to a world of gods and wishes.

Publication Date: November 29th, 2019.

My Rating: 7da1c-il_794xn.1430513132_kmuv 7da1c-il_794xn.1430513132_kmuv 7da1c-il_794xn.1430513132_kmuv 7da1c-il_794xn.1430513132_kmuv e3795-il_794xn.1430513132_kmuv


My Favourite Quote: *subject to change*

“‘Love is dangerous, blinding.'” he quoted voice soft against her cheeks in an empty semblance of amusement. He pulled back slightly, just enough that she could see the gentleness, the raw warmth in his gaze. The clean lack of regret. “And yet, I see you so clearly.”

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The Heartless Divine
was my first South-Asian Reading Challenge (SARC 2020) book for the month of February and I’m utterly overjoyed to have started it off with this book. If you’d like to know more about the SARC 2020, follow this link to find out! ❤

My Review

Received a complimentary copy from the author in exchange for an honest review. Thank you so much!

First of all, I buddy read this book with my all time bae, french-fry-sharing, hair-bow-wearing, all-round-cutie, Shruti @This Is Lit! *roaring applause*. *Ahana waits for applause to die down*. Shruti was also the one to suggest this book to me and I’m greatly thankful that she’s a morning person, because a lot of our discussions happen at 5 AM, no joke.

Am I postponing diving into the review? How dare you call me out like that.

The Heartless Divine, first of all is not a light read. Which means, it doesn’t let up. There are no breaks in this book, you just have to feel everything. There are many points at which many of the metaphors are beyond even the reader’s understanding, however the book has so much emotion that you just connect with it without any effort on your part. In general, my heart has a very special place for reincarnation stories and I think The Heartless Divine has truly managed to capture the depth of one and what the relationship feels like to those involved and what it looks like to those around.

Following this, it’s important to mention the protagonists: Suri and Kiran. The whole story is cupped in the palms of both their hands and they are the ones that carry us from from the shores and into the depths. It’s wonderful seeing the two different timelines of their lives and the resulting manifestation of their personalities to suit their situation and time. There wasn’t a moment where I doubted timeline I was reading in when it came to these two characters. The angst. Oooof. All you Indian souls, it’s our kinda drama. Shruti and I were certainly making fun of ourselves, but gosh, that didn’t stop us from acknowledging how much we loved it. So mock it if you want, but love it, you will. *wink*

The secondary characters, however, are not as well developed or delved deeply into as much as the protagonists. This could’ve worked out had they not had their own impact on the lives of the MCs. Seeing some background on them would’ve completed the story in a perfect way. However, despite that, my heart was still moved by some of the characters who we see rather often and whose personalities were recognisable.

I will admit, I lost a bit of coherence at parts, especially when the questions were many and many and the answers were so little and barely revealing. I do believe that perhaps I lost quite a bit from not breaking down certain metaphors that may be hidden within already hidden metaphors (yeah, see what I mean?). But that doesn’t take away from the beautiful writing, poetry like phrases and almost magical feel to the story. To say the least, the whole book is rich in everything it puts out for the readers. God, I loved this book.

I’m hovering between a 4 and a 4.5 rating, so I’m going to let you decided what you feel about it–by which I mean, read it, please. The Heartless Divine is available for free for KU subscribers. You guys! Get on this, please! Highly recommend! ❤ ❤


3 thoughts on “The Heartless Divine by Varsha Ravi: ARC Review


    This is a beautiful review! I know we’ve discussed it a gazillion times already, but I completely agree again–Suri and Kiran are the powerhouses in this story. They’re written so well, every other problem fades away. ❤

    There better be a sequel, gahhhh.

    Also, LMAO at "french fry sharing". Boy, was I sick that day, I probably would have hogged it all if I hadn't been sick haha. xD

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      I agree! They totally carried the story from start to finish! Omg sequel yes please

      Hahahaah yes. It was the moment I decided I was def in ♥️ with you. FYI: moment number 1 was when you walked in with the bow.

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