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Kaikeyi
Kaikeyi: A Novel | Vaishnavi Patel
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In the spirit of Circe, Ariadne, and The Witch's Heart, this stunning debut reimagines the life of Kaikeyi, the extraordinary queen from the famous Indian epic the Ramayana. It is a tale of fate, family, courage, and heartbreak, that centers Indian mythology and gives voice to a woman determined to leave her mark in a world where gods and men dictate the shape of things to come. "I was born on the full moon under an auspicious constellation, the holiest of positions--much good it did me." So begins Kaikeyi's tale. The only daughter of the kingdom of Kekaya, she is raised on grand stories about the might and benevolence of the gods: how they churned vast oceans to obtain the nectar of immortality, how they offer the devoted and the wise magnificent boons, how they vanquish evil and ensure the land prospers. Yet she watches as her father unceremoniously banishes her mother, her own worth measured by how great a marriage alliance she can secure. And when she calls upon the gods for help, they never seem to hear. Desperate for some measure of independence, she turns to the ancient texts she once read with her mother and discovers a magic that is hers alone. She uses it to transform herself from overlooked princess into warrior, diplomat, and most-favored queen, determined to forge a better world for herself than the one that gods and men have granted. But as the demons of stories Kaikeyi grew up hearing threaten the cosmic order, her will clashes with the path that the gods have chosen for her family--and especially that of her beloved son, Rama. And she must decide if her resistance is worth the destruction it will wreak...and what legacy she intends to leave behind.
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Cortg
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My “completed” #booked2022 reading progress-mess that hangs on my cabinet at work 😂

Suet624 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 3w
Cinfhen Love this!!!! 3w
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SanjanaGhosh
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The cynical in me is delighted by this first line I a book!

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Laughterhp
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Bailedbailed

This is a bail for now. I was listening on audio and I just wasn‘t interested in listening to it.

I‘m going to try to finish it in print at some point. Some books I think just need to be read and not listened to.

This is the first mythology book I think I‘ve tried on audio.

marleed I need to read mythology books in print, as well. If the audio is available from the library at the same time then it‘s always fun for me to read mythology in stereo! 2mo
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ICantImReading
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Mehso-so

⭐️⭐️⭐️

I wasn‘t familiar with the Ramayana before this book, so I appreciated the author‘s take on this Indian epic and the re-imagination of Kaikeyi‘s character with a feminist bent. However, it dragged for me in some spots. 🎧

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ChaoticMissAdventures
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Pickpick

I really enjoyed this, I do not have the historical or mythological knowledge to compare this story to the original, but I loved the feminist bend, and the pacing, I also loved to see a polyamory family that is represented so healthy and loving.
I do think Kaikeyi's character was a bit flat, she seemed to be always right and a bit too perfect. But overall an engaging and adventurous read.

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ChaoticMissAdventures
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Thank you @TheAromaofBooks excited for this September #bookspin #bookspinbingo

Clean board lets go!

tagged books is my first read of the month.

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! Looks fantastic!! 3mo
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eanderson
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So I ended up having a couple of credits I needed to burn through and decided on these two! 😍 #botm

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Cortg
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Pickpick

Oooh, I loved this one! ❤️
This is Kaikeyi‘s story, told with the twist from a woman‘s point of view. Taking the stories from The Ramayana (which I knew next to nothing about before reading this) and retelling the epic story of her legacy. #booked2022 ~ a book about a real or fictional royal @4thhouseontheleft @Cinfhen @BarbaraTheBibliophage

Cinfhen I love the cover and I love a retelling! Sold!! 4mo
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behudd
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️Patel has crafted a gorgeous story intricately spinning a backstory for Kaikeyi, taking a story where the female character has been vilified and giving her a voice. It is gorgeous, and the audiobook, fantastic. I listened to the first 80% and then read the final pages, and I felt that worked well as I then had a good handle on word pronunciations & the world. I generally am not a fan of retellings, but this one I would highly recommend.

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sprainedbrain
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My last book for July.

I enjoyed this beautifully written retelling (of sorts) of the Ramayana… it‘s always fun to read a book that leads me to side research and I was deep into the original story. An epic fantasy story, and the feminist tilt was a nice touch.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Cortg Oooh! I have this audio checked out and next in line! I‘m looking forward to it! 4mo
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Melismatic
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This is one of those books that is more descriptive than plot heavy - I was often thinking where is this going? That being said, I liked the references to various Hindu (?) gods & goddesses although I wish the stories were fleshed out more rather than passing references. I‘ll have to research more into them on my own.

I‘ve heard this compared to Circe but I haven‘t had the chance to read that one yet. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 🧡 💛

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Lindy
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I flew through this immersive 17-hour audiobook narrated by Soneela Nankani. So compelling! Taking a character from the classic Ramayana and spinning out an entire life story for her—oh, Kaikeyi! I cared about you so much! And I loved the setting, ancient India. An impressive achievement that has whetted my appetite for more retellings based on Rama‘s journey.

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Lindy
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[Kaikeyi:] “Do you think a woman should be killed for infidelity?”
[Ram, her son:] “You might be different, Ma, but surely you know that most women introduce weakness into the world.”
It was as though I had been hit in the chest by a horse.

KateReadsYA Oh no he didn't ✋️ 5mo
Lindy @KateReadsYA Kaikeyi sees her son‘s attitude as a failure on her part, and doesn‘t give up in her efforts to change his views. She has used her position as queen to make positive changes in the lives of women and this conflict with her son, whose misogynistic attitudes have been shaped by the men around him, is well done in the novel. 5mo
KateReadsYA @Lindy I might have to pick this one up! It sounds like a good read based off that!!! I feel like there is a lot of this in the world and as mothers it's up to us to teach clear positive views to our sons about women. 5mo
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BriannaT
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In this retelling of Ramayana, we learn the life of Kaikeyi, who was only known as the queen who exiled Rama (the hero) for 10 years. Patel dives deeper into this lesser known “evil queen” and tells how Kaikeyi acted because of love for Rama and her kingdom. While I‘m unfamiliar with Ramayana, the book still tugged at my heartstrings because Kaikeyi suffers so much in order to do what was right. I also loved Kaikeyi‘s dedication to women‘s rights!

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xicanti
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Still eating as much tteokbokki as I can cram down my gullet. Still reading KAIKEYI, too, though probably not for much longer. Today was a pain day, and I read so much I‘m on track to finish this great book either late tonight or early tomorrow.

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xicanti
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It‘s perfectly acceptable to eat two doughnuts for lunch on your birthday, yes?

They were delicious! The filled one was mascarpone fig, while the glazed one was hot honey. Now I‘m gonna see about sinking into KAIKEYI.

LiteraryinLawrence Happy birthday! Of course you can! 5mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Happy birthday 🎊🎂🎉🎈 5mo
kelli7990 Happy birthday! Yes, you can. 5mo
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Cortg Happy Birthday to YOU! 5mo
NatalieR Happy Birthday! 🎂🎉 📚 5mo
BkClubCare Happy Birthday!!! 5mo
xicanti @NatalieR @BkClubCare thank you both! 5mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage Happy belated birthday!! 🎉🎉 5mo
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AllisonM89
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All these reviews are well -deserved. The book was incredible!

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Johanna414
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First finished book for summer break, and it was a great one! I‘m not familiar with the original mythology, so now I‘m feeling the need to do some research lol

rabbitprincess Oooh that sounds great! Adding to the list 😊 5mo
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Johanna414
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So far I've done nothing with my summer break but listen to audiobooks and put together puzzles... it's been great! Almost done with Kaikeyi and loving it

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BookwormAHN
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This is a retelling of the Hindu legend of Kaikeyi. It's a beautiful story of her rise to power as the King's third wife and advisor to her downfall. I loved it 🧡
#BOTM
#Pantone2022 #SpiceyMustard @Clwojick

Clwojick Awesome! 5mo
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xicanti
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This week‘s library haul is 100% books I stacked on Litsy so I‘d remember to borrow them once I defeated La TBR. Hurray!

Note also the Pride ribbons on my bike, blowing in the intense wind. There were times tonight when I felt like I was going uphill even though my route was flat, flat, flat.

Kenyazero Love the pride ribbons! I hope these books are absolutely worth riding in the wind. I can‘t stand windy rides 😫 5mo
xicanti @Kenyazero this was my first. It was tough going into the wind and veeeeery dicey when it hit me from the side. 5mo
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itsspelledmaddy
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Well written, bringing to light a piece of mythology I‘m unfamiliar with. Would recommend to anyone who liked Circe by Madeline Miller.

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Such a beautiful cover 🌟

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behudd
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“I was born on the full moon under an auspicious constellation, the holiest of positions - much good it did me.”

#FirstLineFridays
@ShyBookOwl

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coffees
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A book i wish I'd been able to devour in one sitting but it was too long and I needed sleep 😂 this was a really great read. I've only read one other similar to it. It's not exactly a story with plot that we experience in real time but a story told from the future and in real time. It starts to unravel too quickly at the end but I still really enjoyed it, blog review to come 🤓 #mythology #legends #queer #asexual

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GondorGirl
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Kaikeyi is another book where a woman tries to have agency over her life and to help other women, but gets fucked over by both men and gods. It was beautiful and fascinating, and made me do some research into the actual story is based on.

If you have trouble with it I'd suggest the audiobook- it really helped me separate all the characters and unfamiliar words.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.5

Andrea4 Oooh love getting recs based on books I loved! 6mo
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keys_on_fire
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ #marvellousmay #bookspin

The style or speaking voice of the author/translation felt very formal at first, but as I got deeper into the story, I felt that it fit the character of Kaikeyi so well. I loved the imagery of a world I‘m not familiar with, and the development of the MC was compelling.

@TheAromaofBooks @Andrew65

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 6mo
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GondorGirl
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I'm heading to the other side of the state on a super secret bookish mission! If everything goes according to plan I'll be able to share what I'm up to in a few hours! 🤞

(Listening to the tagged #audiobook while I drive)

Chrissyreadit 😍🥸🤔 6mo
Tamra Love the bag. Wishing you success on your mission! 6mo
LiteraryinLawrence Oooh, have fun on your bookish quest! 6mo
MoonWitch94 Ohhhhhhh I love a good suspenseful bookish quest! Good luck! Love the bag 😍 6mo
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AReedCollett
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It is Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month! So in honor of this month, I am reading a few books by #aapi authors from my (mountainous) TBR pile. Highly recommend each book as they were thoroughly enjoyable!

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wideeyedreader
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Bailedbailed

It might be my lack of knowledge, but I felt like I was reading another book set in England rather than India. I think I‘d like to read the original text instead.
#bookspin

KristiAhlers Some authors really rely on the fact India was a large part of the British Commonwealth to tell their stories. I‘ve noticed that in a few of the books I‘ve read set in India. 7mo
TheAromaofBooks Disappointing!! 7mo
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keys_on_fire
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The first half of Kaikeyi is my #bookspin and my #doublespin is Perfect Shot - SVH No. 53 (part of my #paperbackcrush challenge)

Looking forward to a productive reading month in May!
@TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 7mo
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keys_on_fire
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Starting this one now, which I don‘t anticipate finishing during the readathon, as I like to mix it up and will want to get some other books finished up as well. Hoping to get at least halfway through today!
#deweys24hrreadathon

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Follow.my.read
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YES PLEASE!!! #Kaikeyi#Patel#Debut#OrbitBooks

Breanne1 This was one of my favorite reads so far this year. Hope you enjoy. 7mo
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SoManyBooksNotEnoughTime
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"...??? ???? ?????, ???? ???? ???? ??????? ?? ????? ?????????? ????."

Everything I hoped it would be and so much more. It reminded me of Signe Pike's The Lost Queen series. The setting and characters were amazing. I especially loved the female point of view. This is one of those books you never want to put down but that you're also trying to read slowly in order to savor it. Chef's kiss ?

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Mpcacher
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I loved this book. It was my first introduction to Hindu mythology, so I read it without knowing the original myth. The book had action, intrigue, motherhood, Gods, special powers, sibling relationships, etc. The only thing missing is romance.
This retelling of the myth has made Kaikeyi into a feminist hero as she fights to make life better for the women in her kingdom. I gave it 5/5 stars.

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Breanne1
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I picked this book on a whim from #botm and I am so glad I did. This could easily end up being my favorite read of the year. A story that emphasizes the strength of women and their bonds will stay with me for a long time to come. I give this book all the ⭐️.

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AWahle
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Someone at BOTM decided I only needed the tagged book. I‘m waiting to hear back from customer service about True Biz. This is the first issue I‘ve had in 6 years of membership so I‘m happy. There was the box that was almost destroyed, but that was USPS!

BarbaraTheBibliophage Hopefully they‘ll add an extra credit after they replace True Biz. Just for your inconvenience. They‘ve done that for me when books are goofed up! 8mo
AWahle @BarbaraTheBibliophage I would never turn down an additional credit! I‘ve been picking 2 books every month this year. 8mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @AWahle I hear ya. Just don‘t be afraid to ask! 8mo
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reading_rainbow
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That was quick! What a beautiful cover! #BOTM
🌿🌿🌿🌿🌿🌿🌿🌿

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jackilynn
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I went heavy of the mythology retellings (as well as books with orange covers apparently) this month. I have read (and loved) Circe & Ariadne already but this was the perfect excuse to finally add them to my shelves. Looking forward to Kaikeyi.

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GondorGirl
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My April #BotM picks!

I was going to be picking up Kaikeyi one way or another, and Lessons in Chemistry has been getting some great reviews.

Branwen I went with Kaiyeki too! It looks so good! 8mo
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Breanne1
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#BOTM for April selected. I shocked myself, I was planning to skip this month and then saw R.F. Kuang said this was one of her favorite books of 2022.

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BookwormAHN
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#BOTM books for April are live 😺
Here's what I picked. What is everyone else thinking about?

Kimberlone I grabbed True Biz! 8mo
BookwormAHN @Kimberlone I may put that one on my library list, it does sound good. 8mo
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swishandflick
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Our first #BOTM hint/spoiler for April! Not my personal cup of tea, but looks interesting if you're into mythology.

ChaoticMissAdventures I am excited!! This has been in my TBR ❤️ 8mo
Kimberlone The cover is certainly enticing…I loved Circe but was underwhelmed by Ariadne, though 8mo
Megabooks Not my cup of tea either 8mo
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rachelsbrittain
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All about those retellings over on Book Riot:

bookriot.com/2022-queer-retellings/

mdemanatee I‘m gonna go sit in a corner and contemplate something being categorized as a Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants retelling 👖 10mo
rachelsbrittain @mdemanatee hah! Right? I definitely had a moment when I first saw it described that way 😂 10mo
GondorGirl I just added a few things to my TBR list... thanks! 10mo
rachelsbrittain @GondorGirl always my favorite thing to hear! 10mo
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ChaoticMissAdventures
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I do not read books that revolve around food, so I would LOVE suggestions to get out of my comfort zone with recipes. I thought about My Life In France with Julia Child, which I have always been interested in but never read, but I am unsure if there are recipes in that? I also LOVE Anthony Bourdain so if his Kitchen Confidential or one of those have a recipe thrown in that would be amazing
Tagged is one of many of my most anticipated 2022 books!

BrittanyReads Idk if you like light mysteries, but I really enjoyed this one! It's got recipes in the back. I made the Adobo chicken and it was delish! 13mo
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