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The Tiger at Midnight by Swati Teerdhala feat. Natasha Deen

Don’t miss this lively chat with author Natasha Deen! She shares about her life and we discuss the new YA fantasy, The Tiger at Midnight by Swati Teerdhala. (Transcript)

53 The Tiger at Midnight by Swati Teerdhala feat. Natasha Deen

In today’s episode…

The Tiger at Midnight by Swati Teerdhala

Esha, the legendary assassin known as the Viper, is on a mission: take down the brutal General Hotha and strike at the heart of the Pretender King’s rule. But when she arrives at the General’s quarters, he’s already dying, and someone has left a fake whip in place to frame Esha. But why? As the General’s tenacious nephew, Kunal, pursues Esha, she must untangle the threads of conspiracy and corruption. And as her connection with the soldier deepens, Esha realizes both their lives are at stake.


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Episode highlights…


*1:07 Natasha shares about how her writing career started

*4:04 On Guyanese hospitality – one of the main themes in Natasha’s latest book In the Key of Nira Ghani (which was last week’s episode!)

*7:55 First impressions of The Tiger at Midnight

Things We Like A Latte

Danielle – Radishes, and their will to live

Natasha – Cute animal videos, especially this dancing otter

Amanda – Russian Doll, on Netflix






*16:48 The eponymous Tiger

*17:59 Our thoughts on Kunal – “He’s got soul, but he’s not a soldier”

*24:42 This is book one of a series, so did the ending have any resolution?



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More ideas and resources for teachers and librarians…

If you are looking for more fantasy to recommend to your students or include in your classroom library, you should check out our episodes on Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse (indigenous futurism) and The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon (not YA, but great for advanced readers).

You can also check out Danielle’s blog post on 12 Diverse YA Sci-Fi and Fantasy Novels.

53 The Tiger at Midnight by Swati Teerdhala feat. Natasha Deen

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Hosts: Danielle Hall (who blogs at

          & Amanda Thrasher (a booklover extraordinaire)

Guests: Natasha Deen, author. Find her at

Producer: Leila Hobbs

Music: Matt McCammon


Thank you to Katherine Tegan books for the ARCs!

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