The Black Khan, Ausma Zehanat Khan – Book Review

Hello Humans! It’s been a long while since I last read anything on my owned TBR and I’m slightly out of practice. I’d been reading off my Kindle so much I’d almost forgotten how to read a paperback – I’m exaggerating…mostly.

But I picked up The Black Khan on a trip to the hospital when I knew I’d have a long wait and would have time to get into it. I remembered needing quite a bit of time to absorb the first book The Bloodprint so this seemed like a safe bet.

However, apparently my brain was failing a little as it actually took me around a week to finish this book, and even though I kept telling myself I would write a check-in, once I passed the 50% mark it seemed a little silly to start writing them…

So, I hope you’ll forgive this departure from the format, normal service will resume shortly. I’ll do my best to summarise my feelings on The Black Khan in as coherent a way as possible.

The Black KhanGoodreads Summary:

To fight against the cruel and superstitious patriarchy known as the Talisman, members of the resistance group known as the Companions of Hira have risked their lives in a failed attempt to procure the Bloodprint—a dangerous text that may hold the secret to overthrowing the terrifying regime. Now, with their plans in ashes, the Companions of Hira have scattered, and the lives of two brave women at the center of the plot—Arian and Sinnia—face unprecedented danger.

Yet a spark of hope flickers in the darkness—the Bloodprint has survived. It is hidden in Ashfall, the seat of Rukh, the Black Khan, whose court is ruled by intrigue and conspiracy. Treacherous enemies ruthlessly maneuver for power behind the throne, including the autocratic Grand Vizier; the deadly and secretive Assassin; the Khan’s deposed half-brother; and the commander of Ashfall’s army, who is also Rukh’s oldest friend.

The Companions of Hira must somehow reunite, break through Talisman lines, and infiltrate Ashfall. A master of treachery himself, the Black Khan joins forces with these powerful women to manipulate them for his own ends. But as Ashfall comes under siege, he is forced to make a deadly calculation . . . one that could cause irrevocable damage to the Companions and their fight for freedom.

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As you will know by now, I tend not to re-read first books when I start a sequel – I’m awful like that. I definitely think it’s something you need to do with a book as detailed and complicated as this one – a re-read of Bloodprint might have helped me to get into this book a little quicker. However, that wasn’t stopping me reading this and eventually I managed to remember what was happening.

It’s quite funny how you remember the characters you liked before, I still love Arian and Sinnia and I had very little time for pretty much any male character – which was essentially how I remembered feeling when I read The Bloodprint. That’s also me with almost every book so maybe don’t read too much into it!

If you like complicated fantasy I think this is definitely one for you. Maybe it was a timing issue, I’ve had a lot going on, but I had a hard time keeping a handle on this one, I couldn’t really remember who was who and why they were doing what they were doing. I’m notoriously bad with names so this may have been more of a me problem than anything else.

This book is about relationships and politics and betrayals and all of that good stuff. There were some wonderful plot twists and backstabs that (while they might have had more impact if I wasn’t so confused) were very effective.

Would I recommend this? Definitely! I think both books are worth reading if you have the time to really lean in, to savour them and to take them in. If you’re looking for a quick win then I would say leave these for now and come back to them when you have more time.

My rating: 3/5 stars

I bought this book myself, all opinions are my own.

What will the TBR jar pick next?

Jade City

 

EEEK! It’s finally time to read Jade City! I’ve had this on my shelf for too long, I can’t wait to get stuck in. Look out for a proper readalong coming soon!

J

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