Seema Reads | The Ivory Key

Jan/08/2022 / by Pratika Yashaswi

In this epic YA fantasy debut, magic, a prized resource, is the only thing between peace and war. When magic runs out, four estranged royal siblings must find a new source before their country is swallowed by invading forces.

The Ivory Key will be released on Jan 14th. | PC: Clarion Books

In a world where magic is a physical resource fast becoming scarce, four estranged royal siblings must go on a treasure hunt to find a mythical key to unlock more quarries.

Although never really close, Vira, Ronak, Kaleb and Riya must put aside their differences and come together in search of The Ivory Key –– a legendary source of magic –– and live up to their mother’s legacy. With each of them having something to lose and a plethora of secrets, they must learn how to work together to save Ashoka.

Inspired by debut author Akshaya Raman’s own Indian heritage, The Ivory Key is the first of two books in a series introducing us to the world of Ashoka, where magic is the biggest export.

Released earlier this month, the book was received well by reviewers including Tasha Suri and S.A Chakraborty. Kirkus Reviews said Raman’s immersive, enchanting world is rich in Indian cultural influences [skillfully weaving] together political intrigue, complex sibling relationships, and magic. With readers alluding it to Tomb Raider and Robin Hood, it promises a read to bury one’s nose in for days.

About the Author

Akshaya Raman

Akshaya Raman graduated from UC Davis with a degree in biology, but gave it up to write books. She is a co-founder and contributor to Writer’s Block Party, a group blog about writing and publishing, and has served on the planning teams of several book festivals. She lives in the Bay Area with an actual scaredy cat, and in her free time, she enjoys baking, traveling, and watching too much reality TV.