15 must-read YA book releases that will make staying inside a little easier this May

Forged in Fire and Stars by Andrea Robertson. Image Courtesy Penguin Random House
Forged in Fire and Stars by Andrea Robertson. Image Courtesy Penguin Random House /
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The Archer at Dawn by Swati Teerdhala

If you loved The Tiger at Midnight by Swati Teerdhala, you won’t want to miss the second book in her trilogy, The Archer at DawnArriving toward the end of this month, this sequel will see Kunal and Esha working together this time around, both acting as rebel spies.

The Archer at Dawn takes place during the Sun Mela, which actually proves the perfect guise under which Kunal and Esha can infiltrate the king’s court. Kunal will fall into the role of a soldier once more, providing the extra security needed for the occasion. Meanwhile, Esha serving as adviser to Prince Harun will allow her access to all the political intel she needs.

The goal of their plan is to find Princess Reha and restore the throne to its rightful monarch, but there’s more danger during the Sun Mela than either Kunal or Esha anticipate. According to the synopsis:

"“With the rebel Blades’ entry into Vardaan’s court, a match has been lit, and long-held secrets will force Kunal and Esha to reconsider their loyalties—to their country and to each other. Getting into the palace was the easy task; coming out together will be a battle for their lives.”"

It sounds like the events of The Archer at Dawn could pin our main characters against each other once more, and that’s not to mention the possibility that they won’t succeed in their mission. This sequel is going to be a nail-biter, for sure, but that won’t stop us from devouring it this month.

The Archer at Dawn will be available in print, ebook, and audiobook format on May 26.