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Syfy Aditi Khorana on privilege and feminism in The Library of Fates

You may remember that I mentioned Mirror in the Sky, the debut novel from Aditi Khorana, as a YA sci-fi novel you really need to pick up. I loved the way the author melded science and science fiction with the touching coming-of-age of a South Asian teen. Now, Khorana is back with a follow up; she changes direction with her second novel, The Library of Fates, going full fantasy to tell the story of a young woman named Amrita, Princess of the Kingdom of Shalingar.

Princess Amrita has had an idyllic life; despite the absence of her mother (and her father’s refusal to discuss the subject), the young princess has never wanted for anything. But when Sikander, the violent leader of a neighboring kingdom, comes seeking Amrita’s hand as the price for peace, Amrita is ready to do her duty. Yet when an oracle warns Amrita that things may not go as planned, she begins to wonder what she will sacrifice to keep her kingdom and those she loves safe.

As you can read in the interview below, Khorana was kind enough to thoughtfully answer some questions about The Library of Fates for SYFY WIRE…

You start out The Library of Fates with an author’s note discussing the major theme of the book, about the consequences of selfishness versus sacrifice. Why did you decide to make it explicit? And why did you choose to place it at the beginning of the book, rather than the end?

I didn’t want to bury this idea at the end of the book. Typically, I don’t always love it when authors frame their work for readers. I’m normally of the mindset that as an author, you write a book and then it’s out in the world and takes on a new life of its own. But I was in the middle of copy edits just as the election happened, and I started hearing from a number of my readers — young women, immigrants, people of color — who were devastated about what this election meant for them.

As an immigrant, a woman, a PoC, I know firsthand what it’s like to feel like a second-class citizen in my own…

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